This weekend tomorrow’s healthcare was in San Diego.
Daniel Kraft, the curator of the conference, and faculty chair of Medicine and Neuroscience at Singularity University, took the audience on a tour of the latest developments in healthcare and medicine.
It would be hard for me to summarize the intense four days conference made of talks, keynotes, workshops and events from more than 80 experts in the field.
Therefore I decided to share the key highlights, quotes and a slide-deck of the companies that has been showcased in the Innovation Lab or mentioned in the various panels. I hope this will give you a glimpse of the developments in the healthcare and medical tech space.
“10 years from now, you’ll prefer the robotic surgeon over its human counterpart.” — Peter Diamandis
“Don’t give people dashboards, give them steering wheels. Orient the patient, in their own experience.” Thomas Goetz, CEO, Iodine — Former Wired US Editor
“Kaiser Permanente are doing 2k video-based patient visits per month today, and will be doing 20k per month next year” John Mattison, Chief Medical Information Officer, Kaiser Permanente
“Healthcare shifted from working FOR, to working WITH, to working BY patients, where they help themselves.” Lucien Engelen, Founding Director of REshape Center, Radboud University Medical Center
“We can change our mindset from “sickcare” to “healthcare” by shifting from a reactive era of medicine to an era of medicine that is proactive, preventative, and continuous care.” Dr. Kraft
“Real food is the most powerful tool we have to fight illness; it’s a better drug than drugs.” Mark Hyman, Director, Cleveland Clinic
“The FDA bends the exponential curve, slightly. But, we HAVE TO PROVE that our #digitalhealth technologies actually work.”
“I’m here to seek help from digital health companies to understand how we can work better together.” Bakul Patel, Associate Director of Digital Health, FDA
“We need to talk about genetic engineering; it’s not just about the future of disease, it’s the future of our species.” Jamie Metzl Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council & Author, Genesis Code”
“Current R&D cycles are too slow to stop ‘Agent X’ (a global pandemic)” George Poste, Chief Scientist, Complex Adaptive Systems Initiative- Arizona State University
“The problem — “We don’t practice evidence-based medicine, we practice reimbursement-based medicine.” Dr. Daniel Kraft, Founding Executive Director & Chair, Exponential Medicine
“AI is actually advancing healthcare, but the data is the problem; it’s unstructured, escalating, unknown, fragmented and unsecured.” Marc Goodman, Policy Law and Ethics Faculty Chair, Singularity University & Founder, FutureCrimes
“In the next years data science and software will do more for medicine than all of the biological sciences together.’” Vinod Khosla, Founder Khosla Ventures
“A new genome race is starting, and it’s no longer about reading base pairs, it’s about writing them; 1–2% by 2020.” Andrew Hessel, Founder, Pink Army, Researcher, Autodesk Inc.’s Bio/Nano Programmable Matter Group
“Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) are being tested in the operating room to give surgeons a closer look at their patients. For example, using AR to overlay MRI images on a patient before an incision is made. On the patient side, AR and VR are helping with pain control in recovering burn victims, and the results are incredible.” Dr. Kraft,
These are just few selected quotes, but the most important lesson for me was listening the story of Dr Janet Sollod a pediatrician who has been living with metastatic breast cancer since her early 30s. Her optimism, energy and will power astonished the audience and myself into a long standing ovation.
Please watch her journey on living with metastatic breast cancer — the most optimistic approach to life I’ve ever seen.
To conclude as David Roberts reminded us in his talk, technology makes us powerful but doesn’t’ change who we are. Even if we will get all the technology of the universe we are gonna still be ‘human’ or ‘augmented-humans’ and what will make the difference will be the moral courage.
“Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence. Yet it is the one essential, vital quality for those who seek to change a world which yields most painfully to change.” Robert F. Kennedy
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