The Chronicles of Extreme Future Part 1: On Demand Medicine

May 05 2008 / by Fictionthis / In association with Future
Category: Technology   Year: 2015   Rating: 9 Hot

Steve has had a long day. He is tired despite having taken the anti-fatigue pill “Alert” to get through the last web conference on the company’s newest video unit.

Steve has had a long day. He is tired despite having taken the anti-fatigue pill “Alert” to get through the last web conference on the company’s newest video unit. A happy hour beer-fest at an Alfa lounge sounds tempting, but just after leaving the building; a sharp chest pain stops him mid step. The pain finally subsides, and he quickly speaks to his cell phone, activating his personal health record by uttering the word, “Emergency”.

Immediately, Steve is routed via the internet to his health plan’s Clinical emergency centre for diagnosis. This Involves answering a series of yes or no questions about the symptoms and vital signs asked by a Med-Tech on duty computer. Steve places a finger on the screen of his cell phone where his bio-signature converts his bio-scan signals and sends them instantly to the Emerg-Med Team via virtual Net Centre many time zones away.

The GE Cyberdoc decides that Steve’s condition maybe acute cardiac ischemia and dispatches a clinic mobile to his exact location. En route to the nearest emergency-care unit, a battery of tests, including another bio-scan, are performed and transmitted immediately through a wireless devise in real time to a lab for interpretation. (cont.)

By the time the local emergency team reaches Steve, The doctor on duty has the results, along with the second opinion by a cardiac specialist on duty in Bangalore, India. Steve’s Personal health card has also provided his medical history and genetic predisposition to the on-duty doctor. The doctor has authorized a several categories of treatment for the condition. On the split screen, the duty doctor shows Steve holographic 3-D colour images of the vessel blockage via a microscopic camera inserted into his bloodstream.

The doctor recommends injecting an army of nano-scrubbers to clean out the arteries. Steve is asked to rest a while the physician takes a virtual tour of his bloodstream to code in the correct markers for making a non-invasive procedure a success. Once deployed and completed with their mission, the nano-scrubbers dissolve harmlessly.

The actual operation takes only 8 minutes and Steve is discharged shortly afterward. Before leaving he’s given a customized holographic health disk with analysis of what dietary or lifestyle changes are needed for him to avoid another such episode. All info is uploaded to his virtual agent and his home doctors.

An always-on wireless internet accessible wristband will unobtrusively monitor Steve’s condition for the next couple of days but he feels fine as he strolls out of the neighborhood care unit. In fact, he still has time to make happy hour. He just has to watch what he orders. His updated personal health record may warm him from ordering beverages that are not on his diet. Steve may hear this message: “Light Nutri-beer suggested – and only two servings.

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