The Grand Global Challenge is definitely an innovative intervention to solve mankind greatest challenges. Ensuring basic health care access, accelerating medical breakthroughs and cures, and shifting towards preventative care to ensure physical and emotional wellbeing for people around the world is the choice an individual has once you have been absorbed in Singularity University, NASA Ames Research Park.
I would like to highlight few interesting things that caught my attention especially in using exponential technology to curb health care problems: accessibility and affordability. Exponential medicine to tackle outbreaks, using AI (Artificial Intelligence) & Robotics to control disease outbreaks......
How do we do that?
Firstly, let me introduce few interesting people.
It was definitely interesting to listen to Dr Daniel Kraft's experience and lecture on Exponential Medicine. He spoke about major challenges in healthcare: Cost, Access, Variation in clinical practice, Inefficient use of information defensive medicine and many more. He also mentioned that Medicine is really a convergence track. It involves many other track such as AI, Robotics, Computer science and etc. The future of medicine should be cheaper, smaller, faster and better. He also demonstrated portable ECG sensor (plug and play on iPhone) to detect early heart disease, Uber (Doctor Service) online physician-patient consultation and many more. The art of exponential medicine should move towards: Buildable-->Moveable-->Cartable-->Wearable-->Insidable. It is possible that (AI) takes over doctors one day. All they need to know is to learn how we behave and adopt. Daniel Kraft is a Stanford and Harvard trained physician-scientist, inventor, entrepreneur, and innovator. With over 20 years of experience in clinical practice, biomedical research and healthcare innovation, Kraft has chaired the Medicine Track for Singularity University since SU’s inception, and founded and is Executive Director of Exponential Medicine, a program that explores convergent, rapidly developing technologies and their potential in biomedicine and healthcare. Following undergraduate degrees from Brown University and medical school at Stanford, Daniel was Board Certified in both Internal Medicine & Pediatrics after completing a Harvard residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital & Boston Children’s Hospital, and fellowships in hematology, oncology and bone marrow transplantation at Stanford. He has multiple patents on medical device, immunology and stem cell related patents through faculty positions with Stanford University School of Medicine and as clinical faculty for the pediatric bone marrow transplantation service at University of California, San Francisco. Daniel’s academic research has focused on: stem cell biology and regenerative medicine, stem cell derived immunotherapies for cancer, bioengineering human T-cell differentiation, and humanized animal models. Clinical work focuses on: bone marrow / hematopoietic stem cell transplantation for malignant and non-malignant diseases in adults and children, medical devices to enable stem cell based regenerative medicine, including marrow derived stem cell harvesting, processing and delivery. He also implemented the first text-paging system at Stanford Hospital. Dr. Kraft recently founded Bioniq Health, focused on enabling connected, data driven, and integrated personalized medicine. He is also the inventor of the MarrowMiner, an FDA approved device for the minimally invasive harvest of bone marrow, and founded RegenMed Systems, a company developing technologies to enable adult stem cell based regenerative therapies. Daniel is an avid pilot and has served in the Massachusetts and California Air National Guard as an officer and flight surgeon with F-15 & F-16 fighter Squadrons. He has conducted research on aerospace medicine that was published with NASA, with whom he was a finalist for astronaut selection.
The second interesting speaker that I would like to introduce is Dr Eric Rasmussen.
By training he is a Board-certified Internal Medicine physician with both undergraduate and medical degrees from Stanford University and a Masters degree in disaster medicine from the UN World Health Organization’s affiliate CEMEC (Centre European pour la Medecin des Catastrophes) in Italy. He was elected a Fellow of the American College of Physicians in 1997 and a Fellow of the Explorer’s Club in 2014. n addition to his corporate responsibilities Eric is a Research Professor in Environmental Security and Global Medicine at San Diego State University and an instructor in disaster medicine at both the International Disaster Academy in Bonn, Germany (BBK, or Bundesamt für Bevölkerungsschutz ind Katastrophenhilfe) and the Institute for Disaster Preparedness at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China.He also serves as Permanent Advisor to the UN Secretary-General’s High Level Expert Panel on Water Disasters, and is a member of the US National Academy of Science’s Committee on Grand Challenges in Global Development.
Rasmussen served as a physician in the US Navy for 25 years aboard nuclear submarines, amphibious ships and aircraft carriers. His positions included Fleet Surgeon for the US Navy’s Third Fleet and Chairman of an academic department of medicine in Seattle. Among his wartime deployments are Bosnia (x3), Afghanistan (x2), and Iraq for ten months. His disaster deployments include Supertyphoon Haiyan in the Philippines, Haiti’s earthquake, Banda Aceh for the tsunami, Superstorm Sandy in New York, and New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
This Interesting man spoke more on Public Health Challenges in regards to Ebola and other famous world outbreaks. Using Robots to help us in outbreak is something that we need to look into.
Well, thats all folks!!
DR DHESI BR (MD,MPH)
Epidemiology. Humanitarian Relief. Emergency Response. Public Health Threats.