Healthcare 2030: disease-free life with home monitoring,
By Dick Pelletier
What kind of healthcare might we expect in 20 years? Will we
still suffer from today's debilitating diseases; or will future
technologies come to the rescue?
Current biotech research holds great promise to correct many
human flaws including vulnerability to disease and telltale
signs of aging. Using stem cells and genetic engineering
techniques, scientists are learning to regrow damaged organs,
tissues, muscles, and bones to regenerate damaged bodies.
And with new home monitoring systems along with less
expensive, but more efficient medical equipment, both predicted
for the next two decades, researchers believe that by 2030,
killer diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer's, heart disease, and
other ailments will become easy-to-manage sicknesses.
Home Monitoring – during the 2010s and
2020s, experts predict that new health monitoring systems,
designed to keep patients out of the hospital and get them more
involved in managing their own health, will revolutionize
Typical homes will include 'smart' toilets that test urine
and stool, bathroom sinks that analyze breath and saliva, and
transmission systems that automatically forward this data, along
with blood samples, heart rate, pulse, and other biometric
information over the Internet to healthcare providers.
By 2020, most doctor visits will not require a personal
appearance. Consultation will take place via smart phones,
rarely requiring physical face-to-face visits to a physician's
office. Doctors will text recommendations for diet, physical
activities, and other healthcare advice directly to patients.
Lower-Cost Medical Components – leading
medical equipment manufacturer, GE, recently committed $3
billion to create new products that will improve healthcare
efficiency and slash costs.
Their first items include a $1,000 handheld electrocardiogram
and a $15,000 portable ultrasound machine. These devices have
improved emergency care at accident sites, and are already
Nanomedicine – Smaller than blood cells,
these tiny intelligent machines cruise through veins, destroy
pathogens, locate damaged cells and make instant repairs. In a
recent blog, Institute for Molecular Manufacturing's
Senior Research Fellow, Robert Freitas describes how this
science works and predicts when treatments might become
In a typical nanomedicine therapy to stop infection, patients
swallow a pill with 100 billion nanobots inside that search the
body for unwanted bacteria, viruses, or fungi and immediately
render them harmless.
When finished, an ultrasound instructs the 'bots to exit the
body through urine. The entire procedure takes about 30 minutes
and leaves the patient healthy and infection-free.
In addition, these clever machines can replace faulty
chromosomes in diseased cells with new ones. Armed with
knowledge of the patient's genome, nanobots find cells with DNA
mistakes and create perfect error-free cells to replace them.
This keeps patients in perfect health 24/7.
Possibly one of the more important applications for nanobots
includes removing accumulated cellular damage and mutations that
cause aging. This procedure will enable many of todays 'boomers
and seniors to recapture their youthful health, strength, and
beauty. The young will remain young; the old will become young.
Nanomedicine promises to change forever how we treat sickness
and disease. When might this futuristic science become
available? Freitas believes that nanobots could appear in
clinical trials by mid-2020s and will be saving lives everywhere
Healthcare 2030 promises a disease-free "magical future" for
everyone to enjoy.
This article appeared in various print publications and on-line blogs. Comments