Personalized Healthcare Choice Vs. Government Mandated Obamacare – Part 1
September 18, 2012
Personalized medicine is the future. It’s where the science is going. It’s where the technology is going. It’s where doctors and patients will want to go. Yet, unfortunately for many of us, this is not where the Obama administration wants to go.
First, the good news. Biosensors that can be worn on clothing or jewelry, held against the skin by a Band-Aid-like patch, or inserted beneath the skin are now capable of monitoring a host of chronic diseases. Among the technologies that have been, or soon will be, developed are devices that can continuously monitor blood glucose levels in diabetics; the rate of breathing, blood oxygen saturation, etc., of asthmatics; and the heart rate and other parameters of patients with heart disease. There are even heart attack and stroke attack detectors. In some cases, personalized devices can activate therapies. A wearable, automatic insulin pump can be coupled with a blood glucose measuring device to create a virtual artificial pancreas. (See this fascinating summary.)