Medicine is one of the most ancient of arts, existing even in prehistoric times, yet it also has evolved over thousands of years to use the most modern technologies to heal the wounded, cure the sick and prevent diseases. Medicine relies on knowledge of biology and chemistry, involves dealing with people’s feelings, and is a major driver of most economies around the world. Yet efforts to reform health care have been limited. Both the Clinton Administration and the Obama Administration in the United States tried to deal with the problem of making health care fair and accessible to all and it appears Obama finally won the effort, but the battles are far from over. This month, we will look at this issue from various angles, and attempt to discover what the best solution may be.
In the not too distant future, nanotech sensors in our bloodstream will convey vast amounts of information about internal threats to our wellbeing, and give us toolsets to manage and mitigate those risks. Sharing that information with others, and drawing on cloud based tools to develop useful approaches to specific new problems should bring about an age of wellness that will see most people existing without any physical signs of illness way over 99.999% of the time (no more than 10 minutes of feeling slightly unwell in any year, on average, over time).
Might sound like scifi, and most of those technologies already exist at test scales.
Existing medical systems will disappear sooner rather than later.
Medicine will become fully distributed, an fully personalised – within our own bodies, under our control (to whatever degree we want to control it), at all times.