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In the audio companion to his new book The Future of Medicine, Dr. Stephen C. Schimpff explains the science behind pioneering advancements in healthcare and biomedical research. Using laymen's terms, The Future of Medicine podcast identifies megatrends in genomics, stem cells, vaccines, medical devices, imaging equipment, molecular tools for amazing new approaches in the operating room, digitizing medical records, ancient healing practices, and health safety.

The Future of Medicine Stephen C. Shimpff, M.D.

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In the audio companion to his new book The Future of Medicine, Dr. Stephen C. Schimpff explains the science behind pioneering advancements in healthcare and biomedical research. Using laymen's terms, The Future of Medicine podcast identifies megatrends in genomics, stem cells, vaccines, medical devices, imaging equipment, molecular tools for amazing new approaches in the operating room, digitizing medical records, ancient healing practices, and health safety.

    A Wave of Hospital Mergers

    A Wave of Hospital Mergers

    Here is a new megatrend. There will be a wave of new hospital mergers in the coming years. Hospitals need to access capital in order to purchase expensive equipment and build new facilities. But margins are getting very thin and access is very difficult for the smaller, stand alone hospital. So look for many mergers soon.

    Primary Care Physicians - A Shortage

    Primary Care Physicians - A Shortage

    We do not have enough primary care physicians [PCPs] and the shortage is especially acute in rural and urban poor areas. In the USA there are about 30% PCPs and 70% specialists. In other countries of the developed world, the ratio is the opposite. And PCPs now need to attend to many more patients with complex, chronic diseaes that last for life and require a team-based approach to care. Rather than be an interventionalist, the PCP must become an orchestrator.

    The Growing Demand for Medical Services

    The Growing Demand for Medical Services

    The population is growing; we are aging; and more and more individuals have not curable acute illnesses but complex, chronic conditions that will persist for life. As a result there is a need for more and more medical services including physicians, other care givers, hospitals, ICU beds and high tech equipment. And there is a critical need for a change from our acute care approaches to disease and care management, team-based care and better coordination of care.

    The Costs of Aging and Behaviors

    The Costs of Aging and Behaviors

    Increased age and our lifestyle behaviors have a major impact on healthcare costs. Like an older car, an older body has parts that are more likely to need repair or replacement. We will continue to age but we can slow the process of aging with mental and physical exercises. As a society, we are overweight, poorly fed, highly stressed and lack exercise. These behaviors along with smoking will lead to huge increases in our total medical costs in the years to come.

    The High Cost of Drugs

    The High Cost of Drugs

    New pharmaceuticals have had a major impact on health and life, but many of the newer drugs are prohibitively expensive. Some are marginally valuable. Others are superb drugs but are all too often used in lieu of making life style changes that would eliminate or at least modify the underlying problem. We need to change our approach to expecting a drug to solve our problems when simpler, less expensive approaches would work even better.

    The High Cost of Medical Technology

    The High Cost of Medical Technology

    Medical technologies are often very expensive. The question at hand is are they worth it or do they just drive up the already high cost of medical care? In this podcast we explore how some technologies are very useful but need to be used only when necessary.

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