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The Patient of the Future

March 1, 2012

The Patient of the Future – Technology Review.

Fascinating article about a former astrophysicist who did his own health data collection. He had the tools, equipment and motivation to monitor levels of selected biomarkers, and he was able to diagnose Crohns.

Smarr says he “got outed as a quantified self” after he spoke at a technology summit in May 2010. A session titled “Bio­NanoInfo Technology: The Big Challenges” featured him on a panel with Leroy Hood, a cofounder of the Institute for Systems Biology in Seattle and one of the inventors of the first automated DNA sequencer. Hood discussed his push for technology that he hopes will introduce an era of medicine he calls P4: predictive, preventive, personalized, and participatory. Smarr told his own story of using self-quantification to lose weight. A reporter interviewed him after the session, seeking more details, and in the wake of that article, speaking requests started to pour in.

This only validates my own measly, by comparison, efforts.
Do you think this is the wave of the future in health care?

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