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Lowell Catlett - Medicine & Technology

Health care and smart technology are creating a medical revolution with do-it-yourself diagnostics at your fingertips rather than in medical facilities.
Lowell Catlett - Medicine & Technology

Lowell Catlett - Medicine & Technology

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Show 1642: Lowell Catlett - Medicine and Technology
Air Date: October 16, 2016



Rob McClendon: Well, the world’s last economic revolution was brought to us by computer code, but the next revolution may be one in our genetic code. In the not too distant future, the cost of medicine may be heading down, while the delivery of health care, well, it may be heading up. It’s a medical revolution that is being brought to us by technology, from do-it-yourself diagnostics to hospitals at home.

Catlett: The best thing, and I’ll pull it out here and show it to you is this, it’s called do-it-yourself diagnostics. Your cell phone, OK, a little device on the back will do a blood count, blood cell count, give you your INR value every day, give you your, if you’re on blood thinners it will give you your white cell count, red cell count, all right here. We do it for heart monitoring right now, I put my finger over here, all my heart data with an app. If you’re my age, I’m 66, I go to a cardiologist once a year at one data point. How about five a day, five infinite? So now we have do-it-yourself diagnostics – totally changes everything, OK. And more importantly, you take the Uber effect and here it comes, the patient will see you now. Wait a minute, it used to be the doctor will see me now. No, I’m busy. We start linking health care in ways we never dreamed possible. There’s, there’s a, and this is, this is mostly a change in attitude and it’s called hospitals at home. And there’s several hospitals that will do this. You come, and you need very intense care. We take your hospital, we do the evaluations, we take a hospital bed, even the monitoring, take it to your home, set it up, the specialists, we have all the information constantly monitored. The specialists, the doctors, everybody comes to your place – cheaper, better outcomes. Hospital beds at home.

Rob: Wow.

Catlett: Totally revolutionizing health care.

Rob: What’s your best advice for the working joe, for that middle-class person going forward into the future?

Catlett: To not be afraid to try something because it’ll trigger your thinking about things. It took me a long time, and I keep coming back to Uber because I’m just, I just go if I need public transportation I just go stand in the taxi cab line or I’ll call a taxi cab. I thought that was really nice to have a cell phone and call a taxi cab. Try a technology because you alone as an individual will figure out, you know what, well why couldn’t I do that? I was just shown at Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory, the virtual reality they set up, I have no idea the millions of dollars, the virtual reality, because you’ve gotta go in and change a nuclear reactor rod or fix it, but they wanted to do it with virtual reality, and so they simulated it. One guy, high school dropout, said “You know what, that’s very costly, lots of computers.” He just had a different vision about different angles in the lenses, it’s now called oculus, $199 set of glasses that are better than most multimillion dollar virtual reality, OK. Try a technology, you’ll find out that, guess what, you might see an application somewhere. Because I guarantee ya, if you need a plumber on Saturday night, you might be the one that designs and builds the Uber system for plumbers.

Rob: Well Dr. Catlett, as always, my pleasure.

Catlett: My pleasure.