Diagnose Illness with a Smartphone

Is it possible to diagnose illness with a smartphone? In the very near future a smartphone will vastly improve your healthcare provider's ability to support your wellness.

Decades ago, some doctors worried that computers might replace our profession. Other doctors, the clever ones, knew that the digital age would be a boon to our patients. A brilliant American cardiologist, geneticist and researcher, Doctor Eric Topol, recently spoke with NBC (Rock Center – Brian Williams) about medicine's digital revolution. Here's the video interview titled, 'iDoctor Could a smartphone be the future of medicine?':

If this YouTube video disappears, here's a link to the original NBC version.

If you found the video tantalizing, check out Doctor Topol's most recent book, 'The Creative Destruction of Medicine: How the Digital Revolution Will Create Better Health Care':

History: In the early days of computers in the office, it was easy to impress. Other medical offices were often dismayed when my receptionist was able to immediately provide them with patient details. She used QuickDex running on an Apple Mac II. I would export baseline information from my FileMaker database to her QuickDex every morning before the office opened.

I recall the head nurse in the ER being overly impressed with how quickly I was able to give her full medical history details based only on the baseline information she had been given by the ambulance dispatcher. All I had to do was to search a few fields in my FileMaker database.

How far we've already travelled. Imagine what's yet to come!

Thurston Howell Romney Video

Thurston Howell Romney

Note: I ‘borrowed’ the Thurston Howell Romney title from David Brooks’ excellent article in the New York Times.

I’m, more than a little, dismayed that so many people were surprised by the following Mitt Romney video:

Suggesting that forty-seven percent of the US population are ‘moochers’ is shocking, especially coming from someone who aspires to be President, but no one should be surprised that it was Mitt Romney that said it.

Folks, Mitt Romney is a private equity guy. Private equity/leveraged buyout people are not job creators. It’s always about personal PROFIT.

2012 Bill Clinton Speech Video

Brilliant! Here’s the 2012 Bill Clinton speech video:

National Anthem by Mitt Romney

The National Anthem by Mitt Romney aka ‘Firms’ is a 2012 Presidential campaign ad approved by Barack Obama. It’s a beauty. I suspect it will change the Obama/Romney vote ratio in the President’s favour.

Attack ads have become an unfortunate, but accepted, part of modern day politics. In Canada the political parties have small budgets and produce lame ads. In the USA, enormous budgets allow campaign managers to hire the very best consultants. Whoever dreamt up the national anthem by Mitt Romney deserves a big bonus. She/He/They crafted a very simple thirty second ad, that takes a potentially complicated subject and delivers a clear message in a manner that couldn’t be more straightforward. The ad packs an immense psychological impact. This is precisely why the vast majority of Americans are so frustrated.

Note: Yes, I do know ‘America the Beautiful’ isn’t ‘The Star Spangled Banner’.

1984: Long Ago, Cumberland, Computers…


How long ago was 1984? Jump into your ‘way back machine’ courtesy of this short, Apple, internal video. Pay attention to:

  • the music
  • the clothes
  • and particularly the computers

Unlike many of you, I was alive in 1984, living in the Comox Valley, on Vancouver Island, on Canada’s west coast. I was living in Cumberland. FYI, the picture of Cumberland above was not taken in 1984; it’s a picture of Cumberland’s China Town back in Cumberland’s coal mining days. Two of my three children had been born, they were eight and six. I even had one of those little Mac computers.

1984 was a long time ago.

Mac 1984