For centuries, the challenge facing human beings, and therefore medicine, has been to extend our life expectancy. Some studies carried out in recent decades remind us that the more years we live, the more the economic cost to healthcare systems increases.
On top of all this, the rate of diagnostic error has reached significant numbers in many advanced countries. We must keep in mind that these types of errors (still all too common) end up affecting, one way or another, not only the doctor-patient relationship, but also the level of spending of individual governments and administrations.
By way of an example, in the U.S., the rate of diagnostic error is currently, according to some published studies, between 15% and 28% of all cases. It is a situation, which particularly affects patients with multiple chronic conditions.
The key question is how to reduce the number of diagnostic errors
In view of this scenario, which obviously affects us all, we should ask ourselves what we can do to solve the problem from all angles: medical professionals, the government and institutions and, of course, from the side of the patients.
In order to start to amend the problem, we, as patients, should Read more
At Best Doctors, we believe it is important to spend time getting to know more about diseases and to disclose accurate and verified medical information about them, in order to help patients to get involved in their own health, diagnosis and treatment.
That is why today we are spreading the word of the Tenth European Week Against Lung Cancer which is to be held between the 10th and the 17th of September with various activities and initiatives in different European countries.
Since its inception 24 years ago, the "European Week Against Cancer" has been clearly focused on the prevention of a disease that many experts link to a greater control of smoking as well as healthy lifestyle habits that ensure greater preparation of the body to be able to deal with any medical eventuality.
As for lung cancer, we must remember that smoking is one of its main causes. Not surprisingly, about 95% of people suffering from the disease are smokers or former smokers, a fact that many governments and institutions worldwide must manage in order to improve the health of its Read more
Some of the technological advances that were science fiction, or even medicine fiction, a few years ago are starting to be become a reality at a dizzying speed.
Perhaps one of the most spectacular and most talked about advances in recent months is Google Glass – the digital giant’s augmented reality glasses that incorporate GPS, Bluetooth technology and an integrated microphone, as well as a display through which the user can observe a projection while capturing photos or recording videos with simple commands through their voice.
As demonstrated by the first surgical procedures carried out with Google Glass, the future seems full of opportunities in the world of medicine, with as many possibilities for patients. Although there are already other devices used in telesurgery, the capabilities and versatility of the new Google device provide a new, closer and more viable approach.
Google glass has already been tested successfully by some doctors
In Spain, for example, the first Google Glass operation was carried out by Dr. Pedro Guillén of the Cemtro clinic in Madrid, in collaboration with the Catholic University of Murcia and Droiders (Spanish innovative technology company), which Read more