The final year of last decade (OK, 2020 is technically the final year but let’s not split hairs) offered a spate of medical breakthroughs that are good news for both patient and Doctor.
Gorilla staff took a look through a list of the more standout newsworthy announcements in 2019 – particularly relevant for a Doctor – and picked out three we felt might make a considerable difference to practice.
Medical Breakthroughs Shaping the Future
1. A New Blood Test for Early Breast Cancer Detection
In late 2019, reports began coming through regarding a new blood test University of Nottingham staff created that might potentially detect breast cancer up to five years before any symptoms.
And with breast cancer being the most common form of cancer in women, while it is also the most treatable, earlier diagnosis via a blood test that screens for tumour associated antigens (TAAs) could be a game-changer in reducing the need for mammograms and earlier less aggressive treatment. The flow-on effect would also be a reduction in the costs around diagnosis and treatment, so the ramification for Doctor and patient alike are huge,
The Nottingham research team are now moving forward with a larger sample of blood tests against a panel of nine TAAs, so watch this space.
2. A Cure for Cystic Fibrosis
Any doctor who treats a patient with cystic fibrosis will immediately understand the massive significance of potential cure.
So, the late October 2019 release of two studies that announced a molecularly targeted drug therapy will be music to the ears of those who battle with this debilitating respiratory condition.
Called Trikafta, it will be the first triple combination therapy available to treat patients with the most common mutation of cystic fibrosis, and while it is has not been approved by the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration yet, having successfully gotten through the US FDA process is a promising early sign for Australian Doctors and patients hoping for a cure.
3. Virtual Care
The Doctor-patient relationship is a super important professional connection and nothing will ever replace how crucial face-to-face consultations are and the sometimes lifelong links such form, leading to better health outcomes for patients.
But as case-loads increase and patient numbers soar, technology in the form of AI is becoming more and more viable, if not crucial, to ensuring a Doctor can do her or his job to best effect and patients can get appropriate care. The USA leads the way in the arena of AI-enhanced virtual care, and advances there are particularly helping those with chronic medical conditions or in remote areas (hello Australia) that make it difficult to attend a clinic in person.
And in terms of the bigger picture, one report out of US research company Gartner, Top Strategic Predictions for 2019 and Beyond, predicts that by 2023 the use of AI could lead to up to 20 million fewer presentations to emergency departments.
So, with more than 8 million patients presenting at Australian public hospital emergency departments in 2017-18 (3.4% up on the previous year), the use of AI would offer highly pressurised ED Doctors and staff in our public health system welcome relief and the chance to improve patient outcomes dramatically.
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