Medicine Meets Mobile Episode 1.3

Uploaded by QualcommSpark on 17.05.2012

Bill: In my mind, technology has saved my life.
I was actually a competitive runner.
When I went in for a routine physical, the doctor heard a heart murmur.
I ended up training for the Chicago Marathon and my cardiologist, he said not only are you not going to
run the marathon, but you're probably are going to have to have open heart surgery in six months.
Fast forward 18/19 years after monitoring my heart,
it turned out that I had an aortic aneurysm.
Three weeks later I had open heart surgery again.
I had two children at the time and one was going to start college. It was September.

It was a little rough on him because I went back and went right in for the surgery.
Eric: In the beginning of 2007
I hooked up with Don Jones at Qualcomm. He started talking about opportunities
of how mobile devices and healthcare could converge.
The smart phone does give us a window into each person that we never had before,
and so that will be for management of a condition,
a prevention of a condition. I mean, there's opportunities galore here.
It's actually archaic the way our system works today and we still rely heavily
on paper and charts
and the old way, and that's really a reflection of the fact that
the medical community has been in a separate orbit from the digital world
and that's going to change. You just peel off the back of it and you put it on your chest,
you can exercise, you can shower. So you just pop this open, put a little gel on there. Then I can do an ultrasound.
Here I can monitor six patients in the hospital and you can watch their
heart rhythm and everything about them.
Bill: You know, one of the big problems for someone like me
who you come back from the hospital and you've had a major surgery
and it's really you don't know what to expect.
You know, you try to ask a lot of questions, the doctor tries to tell you
but when you're actually living and experiencing it,
there's a lot of stress involved. Eric: The way we practice medicine today is at the population level.
It's mass medicine.
And this other ten-letter word is individual, and that's where we want to be --
practicing medicine one human being at a time. Bill: The ability to be monitored while
you're at home to help you with maybe some of the pot holes
that might happen after surgery I think is a tremendous advantage for the future.
Eric: We can do that now for the first time because with a
smart phone anchoring we can capture data about that individual, what makes each person tick
for the relevant metric, whether it's blood pressure or glucose
or some other vital sign -- whatever it is --
get that data directly to a smart phone so we now know more about an individual
than we ever knew before.
Bill: So in my mind you have to embrace technology.
Eric: The power of a smart phone can take us to places we've never even
conceived were possible.
Bill: There's this wonderful world out there which is going to allow us to maintain our
lifestyle, to extend our life.
It's all a matter of embracing technology and having people like my
cardiologist, Dr. Topol who are out on the edge and are encouraging and leading
people in his industry as well as his patients to embrace the technology of the future.
Eric: That's my heart -- the heart muscle, the mitral valve, the aortic valve.
There's actually quite a few things that you can do once you have a powerful
mini computer that's connected to
an amazing digital infrastructure. Bill: Not only do I consider myself an advocate for this,
I consider myself
an evangelical
for technology in the healthcare industry.