Lots of thinking about measurement and the future at this weekend’s Health Foo.
One thing’s clear going forward: our bodies will be increasingly connected with the system. Sensors will supplement, if not replace, the eyes, hands and ears that once did the monitoring. As patients we were once defined by our “annual visit with the doctor” where he would look, listen, percuss and offer that clean bill of health with a reassuring voice of authority.
‘Great news, honey. Doc says I’m good‘ (of course you are).
It looks like we’ll have some sort of human API going forward. Perhaps we’ll have a check engine light as suggested by Dan Kraft, Eric Topol and others.
All this data. It’s like an ongoing, real-time doctor visit.
Health surveillance was once marked by a 20 minute annual encounter with the system.
No so much anymore.