Medicine 2025

How to build a Global Medical Platform for a Digital Earth

By 2025 digital medicine will be immediate, real-time and everywhere. It could even serve everyone. Worldwide.

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Medicine 2025: How a Digital Earth Protects Everyone

1. Patient zero: Preventing new pandemics and bio-terror attacks

In 2025, it is not within months, but hours or days that a digital medical system needs to detect pandemics and bio-terror attacks — and respond effectively at the source, before it spreads.

Ebola drives today’s fears and media attention, but it’s far from a serious global pandemic. In one year, the 2009 Swine Flu (H1N1) pandemic was much more contagious, deadly and expensive. It started in Veracruz, Mexico. By the time it was discovered months later it was spreading around the world. In America alone over 60 million people caught the disease, 274,000 were hospitalized and over 12,000 died.

In 2009, we had the Internet, Skype calls, new media like Twitter and social media like Facebook. That era was like a steam engine next to the Digital Earth rocket we need to become.



Stop a pandemic or bio-terror attack in minutes

It’s 2025. Anna Jenner is a pandemic disease prevention specialist in Atlanta, Georgia…

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Turn the medical system into a universal digital resource

On a Digital Earth, medicine gains many real-time abilities. Everywhere. All the time.

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2. Ground zero is everywhere: Immediate expert diagnosis anywhere, anytime

A new kind of CDC, the Centers for Health Expansion (CHE), was developed as a strategic healthcare firewall, ready to respond to disease threats instantly. Beyond today’s CDC, which operates physically out of Atlanta, Georgia, the CHE is always on, with digital presences everywhere, ready to provide universal threat awareness, analysis and strategic protection from potential health crises and bio-terror attacks.

Ebola mutates like other viruses. In fact, by 2014 there were already four variants of the Ebola virus, with genetic divergences as great as 45 percent. In 2025 a fifth variant of Ebola appeared. Immune to all vaccines, it was as contagious and deadly as a media headline writer’s dreams.

Without warning, the CHE’s latest unexpected challenge had arrived.



The frightening return of Ebola in 2025

To Nurse Kate Sweeney, an intake nurse at the University of Wisconsin Student Health Center in Madison, Wisconsin, it was just another busy day until Kani Imara arrived. Kani was a young African man, running a high fever and vomiting, obviously in severe pain.

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Shared Planetary Life Spaces. Be everywhere, with everyone.

By 2025 immediately responsive medical emergency task forces will be universally delivered through “First Responder Shared Spaces,” which Activate the continuously connected resources needed in that situation.

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3. New digital medical coordination between organizations

One of the first world’s most difficult medical problems is coordinating care between different providers and medical institutions. In 2025 new levels of fast and effective medical coordination will have become normal.

Today’s medical coordination has been described as “poor” between primary care physicians, specialists and other organizations. These problems reduce quality of care, patient outcomes and provider satisfaction — while raising costs.

A Digital Earth’s medical coordination will expand to include first responders like the military, homeland security and 911 emergency services. The Centers for Health Expansion (CHE) relies on this to handle the unexpected medical crisis of a new, vaccine-resistant strain of Ebola.



Fast and effective medical coordination will be normal

While Dr. Chester guided Dr. Mayhew and Nurse Sweeney in the Ebola diagnosis of Kani Imara, Susan Leck scanned the CHE’s Active Knowledge protocol for the next steps…

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Pre-configured “capability packages” include Shared Spaces and Active Knowledge

A Digital Earth has a world full of abilities and resources. But now, for the first time, they’re all in the same digital room. Working together.

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4. Bio-containing a lethal contagious disease or bio-terror attack

Bio-containment grew into a medical protocol, run by the next generation CDC, the new Centers for Health Expansion (CHE). A Digital Earth may have new abilities, but the physical world’s nations and countries refused to be left behind. On a Digital Earth, governments made themselves more powerful than ever before.

The CHE’s new containment protocols are triggered by a medical crisis like a lethal infectious disease or bio-terror attack. The nation’s new strategic healthcare firewall starts with medical security everywhere it’s needed. Digital assessment of the situation triggers the right coordinated response: medical services of course, paramedics, but also police or the military.



New bio-containment, triggered by a medical or bio-terror threat

In 2025 in Madison, Wisconsin, the focus turned to protecting the nation’s medical security. The next priority was bio-containment and protection of those who had been in contact with the Ebola patient.

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A grown up Internet will be better, more powerful and aware

Imagine a network that delivers what everyone needs, at the right times and places. Everywhere on the planet. To help everyone rise to greatness when they want it. That will change everything.

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5. Deliver digital MAS (Medicine as a Service) to anyone

By 2025 Digital Medical Centers (DMC’s) could provide services without medical facilities. A re-conceptualized Digital Medical Infrastructure (DMI) that serves the poor could capitalize on the fact that over 60% of slum dwellers already have mobile phones.

Services include medical tests by dispersed Medicine-As-a-Service (MAS) Devices. These are inexpensive over-the-counter products with sensors to run dozens of medical tests when connected to a tablet or phone. In minutes test results are uploaded to a medical profile. Standardized diagnoses and treatment will be by AI Doc’s structured medical interviews. Treatments will include automated patient monitoring and delivery of generic medicines by drones. Outcomes tracking with network-wide learning will produce continuous improvements in diagnosis, treatments and cure rates.



Universal “Digital Medical Services” everywhere

A Digital Medical Infrastructure (DMI) that serves the poor could capitalize on the fact that over 60% of slum dwellers already have mobile phones. Imagine Digital Medical Centers (DMC’s) that provide services without medical facilities…

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Deliver known technology universally, at global scale

The billions of people who are outside the healthcare system can’t wait. Without the healthcare they need, endemic diseases perpetuate poverty into the next generation, forcing short and difficult lives that keep people from rising.

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6. Treat and cure infectious diseases at the source: Everywhere

21st century digital medicine will be delivered personally with tracked results. The system will be continuously improved by constant outcome assessments that learn the most effective treatments and deliver them. Infectious disease alerts will be triggered by incidence monitoring of patient diagnoses. The system will “know” the disease burdens and effectively treat both patients and those exposed to them.

At an infrastructure level its global goal will be to identify infectious disease outbreaks while raising medical outcomes to first world standards at a fraction of the per patient cost. Though delivered to the poor, with its systemic and systematic improvements, this “build once, run everywhere” medical system might one day match first world outcomes at the scale of universal networked delivery of high quality care.



By 2025 the world reaches exponential growth on exponential growth

He looked at them sharply. “This is a DMIS — a Digital Medical Immune System. It’s a platform that identifies infectious disease outbreaks and contains them everywhere. If this platform works, it will make most of your work obsolete.”

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What is 21st Century digital technology, really?

Who doesn’t dream about what should be improved, what could be better? Today it is clear that we can deconstruct reality into new kinds of digital modules and systems, then reconstruct reality in better ways. The new buzzword is Innovation. Our new limit is Imagination.

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7. Launch a real-time, responsive supply chain with pharmaceutical medicines

Pharmaceutical drugs have difficult regulatory, recall and end-of-life requirements. Instead, consider advancing into a global digital pharmaceutical supply chain.

What if the world’s inventory of pharmaceutical drugs could be a “mobile strategic stockpile” that maximizes its use and value for curing diseases, eliminating waste/costs, and making drugs one of humanity’s most important real-time global resources? This new digital advance could respond rapidly to the world’s changing disease burdens, providing pharmaceuticals with greater utilization and higher value, while making the Earth a healthier planet.

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8. Bring digital transformation to the first world’s medical system

With continuous digital monitoring of patients by medical services, outcomes will be known. The results of different medical caregivers, institutions and processes will be clear. The first-world’s medical systems will evolve responsively and provide quality care at all cost tiers. Low cost will mean high quality with more automated services. High cost will also mean high quality, with more human caregiving. For the first time everyone will receive excellent care, but the delivery methods and styles will match different choices for cost and human services.

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