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Personalized health care will revolutionize 21st century medicine, says NJIT professor
Date:2/6/2013

A closer look at personalized or point-of-care healthcare was the focus of a recent international conference in India organized and chaired by NJIT Distinguished Professor Atam Dhawan. The IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) International Special Topic Conference in point-of-care healthcare technologies, broadcast around the world, focused on topics ranging from 21st century medicine with new smart cross-and trans-disciplinary technologies to how wireless communications will change how physicians care for patients.

"The last century witnessed a technology revolution in medicine and health through instrumentation, computer and information and communication technologies," said Dhawan, an electrical engineer. "This revolution has continued into the 21st century innovations re-defining the relationship between patient and healthcare providers."

Conference trends included the following.

  • New smart cross and trans disciplinary biosensor, biomarker, and information and data communication technologies will become more widely used. These technologies, along with health monitoring and data analysis systems, address healthcare priorities in developing and developed economies. Among the key priorities: hypertension and cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, infectious disease, women's health during pregnancy and elderly healthcare.

  • As life expectancy increases, the global community will face new quality of life and healthcare challenges at an affordable cost. The most vital challenge to developing nations is providing minimal quality healthcare to rural communities.

  • Miniaturized devices and wireless communication will change dramatically how physicians and surgeons can care for patients and the role patients will need to take in their own health care.

  • The hope is that health care will become more personalized through the tailoring of interventions to individual patients.'/>"/>

Contact: Sheryl Weinstein
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New Jersey Institute of Technology
Source:Eurekalert

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