Ending Surgery, Aging, and HIPPA

Is it possible to live forever? Stopping diseases and cancer before they start and repairing aging tissue by replacing our old organs with newly grown, regenerated, or printed organs are the next medical paradigms out of the gate. This is nicely explained by Catherine, Mohr the Director of Medical Research at Intuitive Surgical (The da Vinci surgical robot company) in her TEDMED presentation called “The Future of Surgery”.

Negligible Senescence

Repairing our cells as we age has been advocated by Aubrey de Grey, with his Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence research. Here is Aubrey de Grey, explaining that we no longer need to accept death. For the last 15 years Aubrey has been pointing out how we should stop shoring up our psychological, societal, and verbal constructs so that we can accept death. When we accept the inevitability of death, it removes the desperation that we should harness in our efforts to ending aging (the number 1 cause of death) with molecular and cellular solutions in order to save 100,000 lives a day.

Living Forever Means Removing the Toxic Cellular Debris of Aging

Other approaches to help us extend our lifespan include personal genome analysis for up regulating, down regulating, removing, and adding genes. Open source medicine, do it yourself (DIY) bio, embryonic stem cell research, and anti-aging supplements, are also thought to become major tools for personalized medicine. Years of research on lipofuscin bioremediation, cross-link breakers, computer designed and printed DNA, and artificial nano vectors are being tested to slow down, remove, and correct our build-up of free radical damage, DNA damage, beta amyloid, glycation, advanced glycation end-products crosslinks, senescent cells, and cell death. As we become older, new technology will become available to remove senescent cells, cellular and intracellular plaque, and toxins created from our genetic mutations, metabolism, and from our environment.

A Cause Big Enough for All of Us

100,000 people die each day from age related diseases. The medical world is just now seeing fit to allow regenerative medicine and computer analysis of medical records which will be the start of anti-aging medicine. Aging destroys our cells, tissues, organs, and entire anatomical systems every year we are alive. This is why age related diseases are the biggest killers of humanity. We now have the ability to implement technology that will disrupt our medical industries by replacing them with affordable, personalized, and networked medicine in the near future. The following will be the first disorders that our new era of digitized personal medicine will focus on: heart disease, cancers, lung disease, strokes, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, kidney disease, flu/pneumonia, septicemia, liver disease, kidney failure, Parkinson's disease, and pneumonitis.

Tossing Out Antiquated Medical Records and HIPPA

Do we still need HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996)? Not when we need to compare billions of patients medical records in real time. Machines can, and humans can’t, receive and analyze billions of bits of data from our personal genome, diagnostic results, medical records, and digital information from medical images and then cross diagnose them with the same data from millions of similar patients in a database. As computers (Dr. Watson) and diagnostic machines (MEMS and tricorders) working in tandem become much cheaper than human doctors, the average person will realize that preventing age related diseases is much easier and cheaper than today’s late stage disease treatments. Regenerative and cybernetic medicine that has already started clinical trials will spread rapidly because the demand will be enormous. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules has unwittingly created the perception that sharing personal medical information is something that is inappropriate and even to be feared. The majority of humans die because our legal and social taboos on sharing personal medical information, and our minimal digital medical capabilities slow our ability to analyze the molecular and digital data between patients.

These social and political taboos have kept the stench of death in our lives, fortunately compatible personal EMRs, open source medicine, and rapidly advancing technology is beginning to remove the tragic odor.

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