How Do Doctor's Manage All the Patient Data Being Created by Remote Sensors?

Read Transcript

As a clinician, I don't want to get overwhelmed by your little [xx] and know every time you had a hiccup or even some of the new technologies that are sort of uber-Quantified Self like the AliveCor that can do my EKG on the phone. If I'm your cardiologist, I don't want to get every EKG, I don't want to be liable for that.

So, what I think this needs to integrate is the concept of the analogy I like to use is our cars, they have hundreds of sensors. Every piston is regulated, the tires, you don't care about piston number 3 pressure, you don't even want a gauge for that. What you want is to check engine light when it means some set of settings, whether that's oil pressure is low and a tire is about to go flat, you want to get that warning ahead of time before you have a flat tire, before your engine overheats, and I think we'll need to build in smart filters, it's a big data problem, we're in this era of big data, we're not quite yet to the year of big analytics, just like the fact that I can have my whole genome and if you're my patient, you can bring me your genome on a disc, I will not yet know what to do with that.

I don't think we yet know what to do all this Quantified Self data and it won't be any one device, it's not just going to be heart rate or motion or sleep, it's going to be the integration of these things, hopefully individualized to you as an individual based on your age, sex, race, genetics, location and it will have to evolve over time, but I think it can be quite powerful.