The University of Southern California will be hosting the third annual Body Computing Conference this Friday, October 9. The event is meant to profile the current state and future of implantable networked devices and what that means for patient lifestyles, medicine, and families taking care of their sick.
Body computing can forever change the interaction between physicians and patients. Where electronic medical records have made it possible to transfer clinical data rapidly, networked devices can take this further: completing the loop by virtually eliminating the need for paper charts, desktop computers, pagers and cell phones to convey crucial information. In cases of emergency, response time is expedited tenfold as the implanted device provides emergency care physicians with the patient’s health status before the patient even arrives at the Emergency Room. On a personal level, imagine waking up every morning and receiving real-time data about a loved one on your cell phone or PDA, and the worry this new technology can assuage.
The USC Body Computing Conference will bring together distinguished representatives from the fields of wireless and biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, entertainment, investment banking, and governmental organizations to educate and discuss all prospects, concerns, and long-term effects that would accompany networked physiologic monitoring as it takes its place in the advancement of the medical community.