Can the future replace the current in healthcare?

Even before the baby is born, the embryo is modified or 'edited' (for those tech-savvy individuals) to take out a serious disease. 

In 20 years time, cancer & diabetes could be pigeon-holed to the same category as polio and measles, as conquered diseases. 

Micro-chips will be installed in us to detect irregular heartbeat, liver failures & stroke warnings...

The future of healthcare is an exciting space, with the rise of technology we are dreaming bigger than Neil Armstrong's Apollo 11. Artificial intelligence will and can replace the monotony of the hospital procedures, minimising human error in surgeries and production line the efficiency of the 'ill-care' system we have in place in Australia.

These technological advances are great, but...

Would you ever dare to let your iPhone battery die? I know I am religious about keeping my phone above 10%...

Why would you then wait to be in pain or sick and then seek treatment? Are we living in a 'Health-care' space or more of a 'ill-care' system?

We are lacking a proactive approach to healthcare.

John Smith is a classic patient I will see in my physiotherapy clinic.

Mr Smith is 55, overweight, drinks every day and a pack-a-day smoker, most 'exercise' he would do per day is walk from the train station to work (5-min walk), work at a sit down job where he would sit for 8-10 hour per day; goes home and eats takeaway food.

John comes in 5 times a year when his 'bad back' flares up, relies on me to give him some relief and goes away living the same lifestyle. 

We are also lacking an internal locus of control.

Technology can't tell you what to do, NO ONE can tell you what to do.

It's your decision to get out of bed to go to work everyday so you can feed your family. 

It's also your decision to NOT eat a bag of lollies everyday because you probably don't want diabetes. 

It's your decision to take control of your own health and not rely on drugs, surgery or technological advances to 'fix' your illnesses or diseases. 

This is where we need a personalised health approach.

Empathy, touch & rapport are crucial elements of a personalised health approach. 

We as health professionals need to be better at identifying all aspects of a person's life, physical ailments are important, but the ability to create an individualised health approach rests on the cornerstone of being able to empathise, relate & consider all possible factors of a patient's lifestyle. 

So, can we be replaced? Not yet, I don't think. Not until robots can display empathy and the ability to relate. 

Written by Kennedy Lay - Director & Mentor@The Communication Experience