The Future of Medicine: Megatrends in Health Care That Will Improve Your Quality of Life  -     By: Stephen C. Schmimpff
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The Future of Medicine: Megatrends in Health Care That Will Improve Your Quality of Life

Thomas Nelson / 2007 / Hardcover

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A comprehensive look at the megatrends transforming today's health care---and how they affect you! Drawing on the latest research, Schimpff shows how the old paradigm of "detect and treat" is giving way to "predict and prevent." Learn how some vaccines may stop cancer, new devices can relieve depression, ancient medical traditions are affecting contemporary treatments, and more.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 272
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2007
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
ISBN: 0785221719
ISBN-13: 9780785221715
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Make the most of the latest advances in medicine!

  • Vaccines that prevent cancer and chronic disease
  • Surgery simulation and robots in the operating room
  • Smaller, more powerful medical devices that help your heart beat, relieve depression, replace organs, and more

Are you confused by what you hear in the media about modern medical advances? Do you really understand genomics? How pharmacogenomics can change your life? How information technology will change the way medicine is practiced?and help you lead a longer life?

The Future of Medicine is the first and only book to identify megatrends in:

  • genomics
  • stem cells
  • vaccines
  • medical devices
  • imaging equipment
  • amazing new approaches in the operating room
  • digitizing medical records
  • ancient healing practices
  • health safety

The megatrends will not only improve your quality of life but ultimately lower your health-care costs. Using layman's terms, Dr. Schimpff explains the science of what's happening on the medical frontier in ways you can understand?and shows you how to make the most of it now.

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Author: Stephen C Schimpff, MD
Located in: Columbia, MD
Submitted: September 17, 2007

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I am a physician who was initially focused on patient care, research and teaching at both the National Cancer Institute and the University of Maryland School of Medicine. I then assumed a number of successive leadership positions including head of infectious diseases, director of the cancer center and then COO of the University of Maryland Medical System and finally CEO of its flagship hospital, the University of Maryland Medical Center. I am now semiretired and in addition to authoring "The Future of Medicine," I have assisted the Army to develop a program for patient safety in the operating room (I am passionate about how to reduce the enormous number of preventable medical errors that lead to disability and death in our hospitals) and assisted the UM School of Medicine and the UM School of Public Policy (where I hold professorships) by leading a five state, 12 insititution bioterrorism proposal to the Department of Homeland Security. I have been married to Carol Rawstrom Schimpff for 44 years. We have a daughter, son-in-law and two grandsons living in California. We also spend much time in Canaan Valley, West Virginia where we have a cabin and volunteer at the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  There is a dramatic and rapid change occurring in medicine as a result of new knowledge from medical school basic science laboratories, the pharmaceutical industry and the NIH along with exciting developments resulting from the efforts of engineers and computer scientists. The result are a series of mega trends in health care that are not yet fully appreciated or recognized but inevitable.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  An understanding of what is and will happen in medicine in the next 5 to 15 or more years and how it will improve our lives. It is a message that is relevant to everyone - those who are interested in their own health; in the health of a loved one; or just interested in what is happening in health care in general. It is also a message that is relevant for trustees of hospitals, board members of major health-related corporations and corporations focused on their employee's health.

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  I interviewed over 150 health care leaders from around the country. Collectively they had many, many ideas and concepts to put forth. But when I began to sift it down, it was evident that there are a few critical and over-riding mega trends that are and will affect health care in the coming years. Personally, if I was starting out again to select a career, I would certainly want to choose medicine. Yes, there are problems to overcome such as the issue of the uninsured, the current requirements for excessive documentation and lots of red tape, but the opportunities to have a positive and profound impact to improve another individual's health in the coming years are tremendous. What could be a better career than to help others maintain or regain their health and well-being!

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  My wife is my best critic and helpmate along with being always ready to assist and make time available for this project. Our daughter has been a constant source of advice on what the general public wants and how to make the message relevant.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  You might want to check out my web site at using the words medical mega trends where there are excerpts from the book, endorsements from a cross section of individuals, and access to a series of weekly podcasts on the "future of medicine."

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