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starting to surge in use and it’s much more
efficient and cheaper. Instead of waiting 2.6
weeks to see a doctor, you’re seeing one in
the middle of the night in a flash.
The doctor’s need will be different.
Instead of the doctor being the one to order
tests to get data, the patient is generating
their own with the use of computers and
machines, showing up to the doctor or
through a teleconsole, presenting the data,
and asking what they think in terms of treatment and accuracy/soundness of data. It’s a
whole different role than it is today.
i+s: What products are out there now
that are helping facilitate this power
ET: It’s amazing the amount of innovation
and ingenuity that’s moving forward. There
are seemingly endless smartphone labs you
can do with just a droplet of blood. You will
be able to do all routine blood tests with a
smartphone over the next couple of years.
You can do all the leads of a cardiogram
through your fingers on your phone. You
can check glucose levels on your watch
or phone every five minutes. You can also
diagnose sleep apnea with an app at home
without having to go to a hospital sleep lab.
You can check the ear infection of your child
through your smartphone. This is all through
proven attachments or sensors.
We’re also quickly moving to moderating
our blood pressure constantly. We’re working
on ways to track the state of mind and
mood through multiple different sensors. The
number one cause of disability is depression,
so we could hopefully quantify that for the
first time for people and give them feedback
as to what’s helping to raise their spirits and
deduce the toll of a mental health burden.
At Scripps we do validation of technologies such as these that others have
developed. We’re aggregating the info and
developing the algorithms to process that
data. We perform randomized trials with
clinical outcomes to validate that these are
accurately collecting data and changing
outcomes for patients.
i+s: How can designers accommodate
this huge shift in the healthcare
ET: Read The Patient Will See You Now. It’s
important to support this because it’s the
future of medicine.
The doctor’s need will be different. Instead of
the doctor being the one to order tests to get
data, the patient is generating their own
with the use of computers and machines.
LEFT The Dexcom G5
Monitoring System is
another tool patients
can use to be more
proactive about their
LEFT The Philips Lumify is
a smart device that makes
ultrasound more accessible on
demand. Its app-based online
portal and subscription platform
are part of a comprehensive,