March 1, 2017 Comments Off on Tech: The Future of Personalised Health Care
Change My Face, an ageing and lifestyle software company that allows you to visualise your future self, is now working more with start ups who are accessing the age progression software to flag up warning signs about health and for users of their tech to seek out healthier lifestyles as well as screening. CXA, Connexion Asia are unlocking wellness in the workplace with a new app that allows users to input information about their health and see their future selves, as well as having access to screening and information.
We are also working with the University of Tokyo which also has funding to develop an app to raise awareness of preventable diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease in Japan – with the emphasis on prevention being better than cure. Personalised medicine, I understand from them, is the future. Stats from the NHS show thousands of people in England could avoid an early death from one of the five most common killers: Cancer, Heart Disease, Stroke, Lung Disease and Liver Disease. A child born today should expect to live a longer, healthier life than ever before. Yet, a Government report, Living Well for Longer (PDF, 1.6Mb), blames the top five killers for more than 150,000 deaths a year among under-75s in England alone and the Department of Health estimates two-thirds of them are entirely avoidable.
This chart shows the premature death toll by illness. Heart disease and stroke are together referred to as cardiovascular disease.
We are fascinated by what lies ahead with regards to modern healthcare such as this futuristic doctor’s surgery innovation project in San Francisco. Could the days be numbered for our outdated doctor’s surgeries? Technology will ultimately supercede and luckily for us the more information we have at our fingertips, smartphone, accessible doctors etc the more pro-active we can be with our own future health.
Rachel Metz writes…imagine if your doctor’s office was more like an Apple Store mashed up with a fancy gym: a modern white-and-wood aesthetic, replete with fancy gadgets and gleaming touch screens, for which you paid a monthly fee to visit as often as you wished.
Forward’s exam rooms are sleek and modern, with a large touch screen on one wall that doctors use to go over patients’ information.
Forward combines a variety of services—you can get help with your high cholesterol, a pap smear, and a vaccine for an upcoming overseas trip—with data gathered both at the office and, via wearable gadgets and Forward’s smartphone app, at home. The clinic has a built-in pharmacy; the first round of any drugs your Forward doctor prescribes is free. And blood tests that can be performed and quickly analyzed on site are included, too, as are any wearable gadgets the doc wants to send home with you. It does not accept health insurance.
Forward founder and CEO Adrian Aoun says the startup wants to change how patients approach going to the doctor. Most people just make an appointment when they’re sick or have a weird rash. But while you may see a doctor once or twice a year, “your body hasn’t stopped caring about its health in between,” he notes. It’s concierge medicine, Silicon Valley style, for $149 a month.
23 and Me DNA Testing
23 and Me provides DNA kits, a simple mouth swab allows you to unlock pre-determined information from your own DNA and find out how your genetics relate to things like abnormal blood clotting, cystic fibrosis or response to certain medications. Those who buy the kit can also see if their body metabolises caffeine quickly or if you’re likely lactose intolerant. 23andMe in the UK believe the more you know about your DNA, the more you know about yourself.