At the WEDI National Conference held in Hollywood, CA a few weeks ago, one of the most interesting keynote presentations was around the future of healthcare technology innovations that are in conceptual form and very much out in the marketplace today. Dr. Yan Chow, a physician who works in Kaiser Permanente’s Innovation Center in Oakland, CA, gave a fascinating and Star Trek-esque presentation about all kinds of technology including 3D printers used to ‘create’ organs for transplants, pill-sized sensors that are swallowed and can give a true insider’s view as to what’s going on inside a body, as well as different wearable devices that include a Google contact lens that can detect the glucose level in a diabetic person’s tears to determine whether it is within normal levels. The data can then be transmitted to the person’s provider or EHR. (Anyone see another HIPAA transaction for medical device information on the horizon?)
How cool is that???
While Dr. Chow’s presentation was not available as a soft copy, here is an article that dives into some of these topics and more.