According to the Society of Neuroscience, the average human brain has about 90 billion neurons that make 100 trillion connections or synapses. Scientists believe this astounding number of neurons is accountable for the traits that make us uniquely human: our thoughts, memories and emotions. Recent technological advances have made the brain accessible in a way that previous generations of scientists could only dream about. And yet the brain is still a mystery. On this episode of Innovation Unleashed, we will talk with Dr. Donald Whiting, Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery for Allegheny Health Network and is Director of the Allegheny General Hospital’s nationally recognized Center for Spasticity and Movement Disorders and Division of Neuromodulation and one of just a handful of renowned specialists in the country who are helping study and pioneer the use of Deep Brain Stimulation for treating conditions other than movement disorders, including obesity and obsessive compulsive disorder. Dr. Whiting will also discuss novel techniques and technologies to better image the spine and provide more personalized care strategies for patients with back and neck injuries.
In this week’s episode, Lynn Banaszak continues her conversations with world leaders about improving patient outcomes, enhancing wellness of healthy consumers, exploring digital therapeutics and new care delivery tools. While on location at the Health XL Global Gathering, she talked with Dr. David Levine, a general internist and research fellow in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Primary Care at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School about his Home Hospital research. Instead of admitting patients to the hospital, he “admits” them back home. He also shares some of his other interests in the quality of outpatient care, digital health tech and novel approaches of care delivery.
In this week’s episode Innovation Unleashed heads back to the Health XL Global Gathering to talk with world leaders about improving patient outcomes, enhancing wellness of healthy consumers, driving R&D operational advances, and exploring digital therapeutics and genomics. Alexander Grunewald, Global Head of HealthTech Business Development at Johnson & Johnson shares his perspective about innovation being the lifeblood in pharma and the way that patient outcomes lead all of their efforts to bring the right healthcare solutions to market.
The business of innovation requires leaders that understand that new ideas and implementation of those ideas can’t end and begin with them. They understand that they must bring others along on the journey, helping to get them to think in new ways. They understand that they must invest in ideas and take risk. By doing so, they can build an entire movement and ecosystem of forward-thinkers and innovative ideas. Dr. Alan Russell and Lynn Banaszak have been working to create an ecosystem of innovation for decades. Let’s listen as they discuss their path to innovation.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could just take a pill and wouldn’t have to do anything else to control and alleviate disease? Technology drives so many solutions to problems but the human body is a difficult place to master, even for technology-enhanced medicine. Many drugs that we take have to enter our bloodstream, then bypass our immune system and finally arrive at a precise location within a targeted cell.
It takes the brightest minds in science, medicine and research to tackle this process and to come up with novel way to develop the drugs of tomorrow. Meet Katie Whitehead. One of Popular Science’s 2015 Brilliant Ten.
In the age of what people are calling, Personalized Healthcare - - science and engineering is being united to provide the right treatment to the right person at the right time. Under the umbrella of Personalized Healthcare people also talk about Personalized Medicine which typically refers specifically to the use of genetics and genomics to help treat and cure disease. What does all of this actually mean today to a person who is trying to prevent, treat or battle a disease?
Spray-on skin, made-to-order muscle and 3-D printed organs aren't just science fiction anymore.
About 120,000 people in the United States are currently waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant. Every ten minutes, someone is added to the national transplant waiting list. On average, 22 people die each day while waiting for a transplant.
Regenerative medicine is a game-changing area of medicine with the potential to grow and fully heal damaged tissues and organs, offering solutions and hope for people who have conditions that are currently beyond repair.
There is a myth in this country that aging is an inevitable decline from Vitality to Frailty. It's not true. We can live healthy, active, and joyful lives until our very last days....if we choose to.
We are in charge of our health and well-being. A recent study conducted by a team at Harvard Medical School calculated that 20 to 40 percent of cancer cases and half of cancer deaths could be prevented if people quit smoking, avoided heavy drinking, kept a healthy weight and got just a half hour a day of moderate exercise.
Explore the ways that we can use technology to drive personal change, live more and create a better life.
The merging of our lives with computers has taken place at a pace that is hard to grasp. It has happened so quickly and so pervasively that we think nothing is strange or new about computers being used to listen to our questions and answer them, or store critical information. Computers drive much of medicine today, they drive our financial and educational systems and our ability to communicate. Computers and engineering together are even now helping us drive our cars and soon they will do so alone. Artificial Intelligence, Machine learning and Big Data are now part of our lexicon. Are computers becoming smarter than humans? Is that a good thing?
Digital health is the convergence of the digital and genomic revolutions with health, healthcare, living, and society. Digital health is empowering people to better track, manage, and improve their own and their family's health, live better, more productive lives and improve society. Lofty goals indeed…but what is the reality of where we are, where we are heading and how fast we will get there?