Advances in artificial intelligence, robotics, infinite computing, ubiquitous broadband networks, digital manufacturing, nanomaterials, synthetic biology, and many other exponentially growing technologies will enable us to make greater gains in the next two decades than we have in the previous two hundred years.
In order to understand why I say this, one needs to understand the basis of Moore’s law and exponential thinking. What does this mean? It means that the technology created in the past has helped develop the technology of tomorrow in an exponential pace and will continue to do so. Say what? Lets say you were asked the following question “From your current location, where would you be if you took 30 steps?” You would probably be able to say with accuracy your location. Now, if we address this in an exponential concept. Taking 30 steps exponentially (1-2-4-8-16-32-64-128 etc) you would end up 1 billion steps away. Would you have been able to predict this? Likely not since most of us are linear thinkers. This is the foundation of exponential technology. Most people in healthcare are not used to thinking about how technologies that grow at this rate will impact our future and doing so is a key component in making this a better world. If you want more information regarding this, don’t miss the article from Nature “Moore’s law is not just for computers”
Ok… What does any of this have to do with cardiology or the ACC? ACC ’13 marks the third year that The Cardiovascular Education Innovation Forum has been a part of the annual meeting. Despite it’s recent inception, this Forum has been growing linearly (I am trying to change that but there are many obstacles!). This year’s Forum was a little different than prior years. Three fellows, including myself, joined the program committee and helped determine the topics and speakers. Our goal is to mold the Forum into what we know it can become. I have been fortunate enough to be a Singularity University Futuremed alumni in 2011 and 2013. The mission of Singularity University is “How to impact the lives of 1 billion people in 10 years”. (For those not familiar with it, please check it out at http://futuremed2020.com/). Will this happen by placing better drug-eluting or bioabsorbable stents? How about renal artery denervation or TAVR. Change of this magnitude in healthcare will require new strategies and technology along with a different way of thinking. Not just a new design of an existing product. And by the way, I am starting interventional cardiology in June 2013, but then pursuing a biodesign fellowship. I am certain that tech-savy healthcare providers who have embraced technology will lead the revolution in healthcare change.
That is the goal of the cardiovascular innovation forum. To show and motivate every cardiologist to try and impact the life of hundreds at a time. This year the CVIEF invited The Society of Physician entrepreneurs to help and orient cardiologists on the path to materializing our ideas. Venture Capitalists and Angel investors that talked about what type of ideas they are likely to fund, how to approach them, a gameplan to follow.
I invited the “Disruptive” Dr. David Albert , creator of the alivecor. Everyone should know what it is, but for those that don’t, it is an iphone case that has 2 finger sensors in the back, and when placed, it detects an ekg tracing (Lead I, but some hacks can be done to obtain more) which you then see in your screen and can transmit it to the cloud. Joe smith from west wireless, Mathew Patterson from airstrip technology and last but not least Daniel Kraft from the FutureMed program of Singularity University. His talk was “Exploring the frontiers of exponential technologies in Cardiology”
Dr. Kraft started talking in the last hour of the expo, from 1 to 2. This very challenging time was due to his busy schedule. Another challenge was he was talking for an hour. Some were hesitant about allotting 1 hour to a speaker but I was 100% sure the audience would respond. After sending a couple of tweets to the ACC13 hashtag, the audience grew and was captivated in a matter of minutes. Cardiologists were just amazed on what technology had to offer to us, and how a cocktail of medicine, technology and innovation could be the savior of healthcare. If you want details on topics he spoke about, please check The FutureMed Magazine at http://futuremed2020.com/magazine.
60 minutes later no one had moved. Cardiologists, who are stereotyped to have short attention span were glued to their seats for the next hour. Quotes from the audience after his talk “This is the talk that everyone at ACC should have heard”, “I had no clue those things were possible”, “Why is the Cardiovascular Innovation forum in this corner?”, “That was mind blowing” and from a lot of people “Thank you for assembling this” It was a pleasure being a part of the Cardiovascular Innovations Educational Forum at ACC ’13. II hope to see it grow exponentially for ACC ‘14
Many will agree with me, many will not. If you do not, I will invite you for a cup of java in 2 years and see what you think by then. Feel free to contact me twitter @christianassad
e-mail: christian.assad at singularityu.org
Every time you go to the doctor you will hear the same thing. Lifestyle modifications. Doctors are supposed to encourage you to become healthier, eat better, sleep better and exercise more. Stop smoking etc.
This words or sentences are extremely easy for your doctor to say them, but, difficult to follow, extremely difficult in some cases.
Even doctors, colleagues of mine do not follow them. Yet, they HAVE THE AUDACITY to tell the patient to follow them? BAAAHH Simply ridiculous in my opinion.
Who am I to talk? Well I exercise as much as I can during the week. If time is an issue I will at least take 15 minutes of my day to do an ab workout routine and always, I MEAN ALWAYS eat healthy. I would rather skip a meal than eat junk food. It is no longer a routine but a lifestyle, a lifestyle I chose to adopt many years ago. I want to be in the best shape possible not only for me but for my family. With this apps I will try to help you adopt such a lifestyle. If you have questions, doubts or concerns feel free to shoot me a tweet at @christianassad. I will be more than happy to try and help you succeed!
With this issue I have made a list of 15 apps that either I have used or friends have used to get healthier. The apps are in 3 categories. Healthy Eating , Exercise and Sleep Routine and they are as follows;
Some are free, and some cost 3-4 USD. In any case they are all great and this issue will save you time since there are thousands of applications in this field. This recommendations are based from my personal experience or friends of mine. Hope you enjoy them.
2) Calorie Counter – Myfitnesspal
3) Restaurant Nutrition
6) Whole Food Recipe Maker
3) Nike Training Club
1) Sleep Bug
2) Sleep Cyle
4) Deep sleep
Often in my cardiology clinic I encounter patients that have tried to quit smoking in multiple occasions always to end up in the same alley.
As doctors, we are supposed to encourage patients to quit smoking every time they come to our clinics and “guide” them to the right pathway. Easier said than done. As a Cardiologist I am amazed and amused to a certain extent when I see my colleagues recommending patients to lose weight, eat healthier, and stop smoking. Yet many of them do contrary to this recommendations. You have to practice what you preach…
Recently a very pleasant man came to my clinic. He had history of heart attack, and sudden cardiac death. Resuscitation was performed and he was lucky enough to come back to the world to his family. After 10 years he continues to smoke. Why? His answer is “I enjoy smoking too much doc, but believe it or not I do not inhale”… Ok.. Thats when I noticed. Winning the Lotto is more feasible than making him quit smoking…
Medical Societies do not recommend the use of E-Cigarettes as a cessation method for smoking. due to its possible harmful effects. FURTHER TRIALS ARE NEEDED. (Dont you just love how we practice medicine). I have spoken with patients who have made the jump by their own will to vaping instead of smoking and have not met one that is dissapointed. They all say the feel better, healthier, with more energy. Biased may be, but I can tell you from a subjective standpoint… They also look healthier.
In summary. I can not tell patients to use or prescribe e-cigarettes, but I can say that they appear to be a far better option than inhaling 4,000 chemicals from smoke…
In the following pages I will go over some information regarding smoking and vaping and different types of electronic cigarettes just to educate people on what is out there. I am by no means an expert on the subject, but hopefully this info can help others as much as it helped me.
Hope You like it ———> Electronic Cigarettes: Swapping the Smoke for Vapor
The Future of Sports is about to get a Major Facelift
It was recently announced at Manhattan’s New Museum of Contemporary Art an exciting concept that will change the way we see sports as spectators and how teams manage their performance tactically.
Adidas and Major League Soccer announced a new initiative that will likely turn the MLS into the most technological sports league in the world. The initiative is to make every soccer player to wear small sensor that’ll track their movements and vital signs. This will be sent back to the coaches in real-time for monitoring in their tablet. Now how this information will be used has innumerable applications.
You are probably familiar with the miCoach app for android or iOS in which it monitors your physical activity. Similar apps would be endomondo, run keeper, nikes app etc. The new miCoach system uses a collection of sensors that fit into a small pocket in the player’s shirt. That is not all, additionally there are sensors woven right into the the players uniform and senses heart rate as well as other vitals. If you think that weight could be an issue think again since the data cell itself weighs only 52 grams. Sensors incorporated into the system include; a tri-axis accelerometer, GPS, magnetometer, gyroscope which will be worn by every player in all 19 teams
How does it work?
The data captured by the sensors is then sent by Wi-Fi to the coach’s tablet (in this case it seems it will be iOS iPad)
How can it be used? Well even gambling will change…
The most important use of such technology is player safety in my opinion. Many of us have witnessed players having syncopal episodes (passing out) and even dying in the field. In a vast majority it is due to an underlying problem related to electrical conduction of the heart causing life threatening arrythmias or enlarged hypertrophic heart walls affecting the way the heart pumps and therefore delivering blood properly to the brain and other organs.
This appears to be originally designed for the coach, but as I just mentioned, potential uses include the team’s doctor or healthcare providers. Using this information not only for strategic instruction but medical. If you see a player is having a severe arrhythmia, blood pressure drop, etc then the doctor or even the application itself could let the coach know “GET THIS PLAYER OUT NOW!” If you are the other team and you are able to see how the other team’s endurance is doing, the coach could potentially make appropriate strategic changes. Finally doctors can have a bigger roll in recommending a coach what to do
Think about it in the gambling perspective. Online gambling is even being explored in a social concept now by different game companies one example is Zynga. Everything is becoming social now. Real time monitoring provides more data, more paramaters that could be used for such. Fantasy football is about to get a “steroid” injection.
If you are in america you probably do not care much about soccer (let’s be realistic) so how about football? Monitoring NFL players and having sensors in their helmets which measure temperature, and force of impact? If a force of impact is significant ant there is risk for severe concussion the app will let you know and doctors as coaches will get the player out and seek medical attention.
An #Awesome Twist? How would you feel about knowing this information in real time when you are watching the game?
Think about what the fans would do with this information? How this will affects the social interaction with fantasy football? Will it change how gambling happens? Imagine you are watching a game in which your team is losing. You see your smartphone and you are aware that the mean endurance of your team surpasses significantly that of the other team. It gives you a reason why to stay in your seat and wait for the scoring point doesn’t it? (At the same time you probably will also get an AD from gatorade saying “Improving endurance” or some other nonsense since ads are everywhere)
Have many more ideas and concepts but you would probably not read them all If you have more post them!
TIME TO ENGAGE YOUR MEDICAL AUDIENCE
Over the last couple of years I have become increasingly bored and tired on how medical conferences are presented in Academic Institutions. It does not matter if it is; Morbidity and Mortality, Journal Club, Morning Report, State of the Art conference. It is always the same format. The content of the material may be great but digesting it is difficult.
It is like trying to give someone a boiled chicken thigh with no salt or spices. If you are vegetarian it would equal an uncooked piece of Tempeh. They are both good for you but good luck swallowing more than 3 pieces.
Same thing goes for these conferences. With all the tools out there, it is a true shame that we continue presenting our medical knowledge to students, residents and fellows in the same, insipid didactic forms.
OK… So what do you recommend?
I previously wrote an article about yammer and how I am using it in the Cardiology department to stimulate learning between cardiology fellows and faculty. Well now I have opened the doors to internal medicine residents and they are learning with us. In a future I would not be surprised if the whole institution is part of such network. Each subspecialty having its own groups. Each group sharing knowledge, asking questions, solving problems that any given team is just stuck upon. I will make another post in a near future on how this is working on. (I can only expect it to get better after being purchased by Microsoft for 1.2billion dollars… but in any case)
I recently had talk on a Journal Club about a particular article. One little problem… I wanted to incorporate social media in my talk to make it more interesting, more interactive. I wanted to make it “fun”. This is how I did it.
I wanted to incorporate Twitter into my Powerpoint presentation. I did some websearch aka (googled it) and I stumbled upon SAP WEB 2.0, blog created by Timo Elliott. Here he presents some templates he created in which you can incorporate Twitter into you presentation. There is no wrong or right answer on how to use it, just use your imagination, ask yourself “What could make my presentation more interesting”. This is what my powerpoint presentation looks like
1) THIS IS THE FIRST SLIDE. THE 2 ICONS YOU SEE IN THE UPPER RIGHT CORNER WILL BE PRESENT THROUGHOUT THE PRESENTATION AND TAKE ME TO THE CORRESPONDING SLIDE SHOWN BELOW (2,3). IN ADDITION I ALSO HAVE A LIVE STREAM IN ALL OF MY SLIDES THAT CAN BE TURNED ON AND OFF DURING MY PRESENTATION. AUDIENCE MEMBERS CAN SHARE THEIR THOUGHTS AT THE SAME TIME I AM TALKING. SOME MIGHT FIND IT DISTRACTING, I FIND IT AMAZING AND ENGAGING.
2) AT ANY GIVEN TIME I CAN CLICK THE TWITTER ICON ON THE UPPER RIGHT CORNER OF MY PRESENTATION AND WILL TAKE ME TO THE SLIDE THAT SHOWS THE TWEETS OF THE HASHTAG IM USING DURING MY CONFERENCE. IN MY CASE, I AM A CARDIOLOGIST AND GIVING A CARDIOLOGY JOURNAL CLUB, I NAMED IT CARDIOTWEETS
3) IN THIS SLIDE I CAN TYPE A QUESTION LIVE IN THE PRESENTATION WITH THE OBJECT BOX I CREATED. IN ADDITION I CAN ALSO CREATE ANSWERS. THE AUDIENCE LATER TWEETS THEIR VOTE AND GET THEM IN A BAR GRAPH OR PIE CHART
HOPE YOU LIKE IT AND FIND IT USEFUL SPECIAL THANKS TO TIMO ELLIOT FOR CREATING SUCH A MASTERPIECE AND SHARING IT.
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