The interaction between medical providers and patients has been really compromised over the last few years.
According to Dr. Eric Topol ( as in his new book The Patient Will See You Now ), in the US, the average return visit to the doctors office lasts seven minutes and a new consultation twelve minutes”. Administrative requirements, reimbursement rules, government regulations and the inadequate use of technology, are among the factors to blame for this decline in the quality of medical care, at least in respect to the HUMAN quality of healthcare.
We have allowed technology to sequester what it meant to be a doctor, a healer-person connecting with the one seeking our help, our advice, our touch; a direct eye-to-eye link that could comfort and bring relief just by the mere act of taking the time to do it.
The SMART use of the RIGHT technology, can indeed improve the process, enhance the time and the interaction, paradoxically making us more, better HUMAN healers.
That’s one of the things that Google Glass can do in medicine.
Wearable devices, and specifically GoogleGlass, has started a tide of change and innovation, a true awakening of the minds, that only can be viewed as a major success, at least in that respect.
As a surgeon and innovator, the FIRST one to ever use Glass in the operating room, and NOT the only surgeon excited about this technology, I see this trend as the beginning of a new way to do medicine.
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This is the reason why despite having negative testing for Ebola, high risk-individuals should still be very vigilant of their symptoms, so that if they become symptomatic they then avoid ANY risky contact with the public ( self-imposed or forced-quarantine ).
In other words, the PCR test is VERY GOOD, it detects even minute amounts of the virus in the blood stream, IF IT IS INDEED PRESENT in the blood stream!
The problem is that the virus might be present in the body ( meaning that the person is infected) BUT NOT PRESENT in the blood YET, so the test will be negative, even though the person is still infected.
Once the disease advances, the person becomes symptomatic and the virus is released from organs like the spleen and liver, to the blood stream. That is why the patient is not really contagious-thru bodily fluids ( blood, saliva, etc.) until later in the course of the infection.
So if you have been in contact with Ebola patients, meaning that you have a high chance of being infected, even when the PCR test has ben negative, early in the course of the risk period, you need to be very careful to monitor yourself (or be monitored) for symptoms of the disease, so that if the symptoms appear, you can isolate yourself ( or be isolated) until you test negative again.
Ebolavirus infection. Education & Technology can help, especially EDUCATION!
The recent news about the Ebola epidemic are really catching the world’s attention, and I feel that it is important to keep updating this post about this most important, life-threatening topic.
I’m not an Infectologist. I’m not an Epidemiologist either. I’m just a Surgeon.
Like many healthcare professionals, I have been thinking about it for several weeks. In my particular case, I’m extremely alarmed and do worry that this current epidemic, will spread fast and take an enormous toll on its way to be eventually defeated.
Some facts: Wikipedia/Ebolavirus
I don’t want to get too technical about this.
FACTS: It is a virus, basically (RNA) protein that infects a host (in our case, humans) and replicates quickly, overwhelming the bodies capabilities to fight it. It attacks, among several targets, the lining of blood vessels (endothelium) and organs like the liver…
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Once again, I really want to send a public note of appreciation to Maine Magazine (@Themainemag), for their recent article about my work. I think that Sophie Nelson (writer) and Nicole Wolf (photography) are amazing professionals that really represent some of the incredible talents that Maine has to offer.
I humbly want to thank them for their comments and views, and for helping spread some of my vision and passion regarding the potential for innovation technology in healthcare and education.
This is the link to the article: