Top Health Care Trends for 2016
With the health care industry undergoing some of the most dramatic changes in history, there is little doubt that 2016 will offer up a host of new opportunities and challenges for patients, physicians and health systems.
At the core of much of this potential for change are a wide assortment of patient-centric technologies and their promise to improve health outcomes and increase convenience while reducing the cost of care.
As director of digital medicine for Scripps Health and the Scripps Translational Science Institute, it is my job to always be thinking about how we can use technology to better improve health and health care.
One thing is absolutely clear: People can and should play a bigger role in their own care. That can be as simple as tracking exercise and eating habits, or even a complete set of vital signs, with a wrist sensor connected to a smartphone, or having a quick medical appointment any time of day or night either virtually, or at a local retail clinic available around the corner or even in your office building.
We've already seen the proliferation of wristband activity trackers and blood pressure cuffs that sync with your smartphone, which, as great as they are, don't cause change, but rather only enable change to occur. But the new year will see more advanced efforts to use technology to deliver the right health care services to the right people when and where they want to receive them.
Working off that theme, I've put together a list of my top health care trends to watch for in 2016:
- Virtual health care, delivered 24/7 through your computer, tablet or smartphone, has arrived. Consumer demand for more convenient care without sacrificing quality fits perfectly with the overall experience most people have when using these services.
- 3D printing has moved far beyond the do-it-yourself hobbyist and low-cost product manufacturing crowds. Doctors and researchers are now using the technology to create low-cost prosthetics, personally fitted hearing aids and plastic implants to replace damaged bone. At Scripps Clinic, Heinz Hoenecke, M.D., has used a 3D printer to create a customized guide for drilling holes during shoulder replacement surgery. And Darryl D'Lima, M.D., is using the technology to make bioartificial cartilage.
- Care options will continue to expand and become more consumer-centric and convenient. Already, clinics are available in neighborhood pharmacies and grocery stores with scheduling and costs easily available via an app. Just this month, Scripps teamed up with The Irvine Company to open its first Scripps HealthExpress clinic in an office building complex in the University City area of San Diego.
- The wireless health technology sector will get a boost in late 2016 when the $10 million Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE is awarded to the maker of a wireless device that can capture a host of vital signs and use the data to diagnose a set of 16 conditions, such as atrial fibrillation, sleep apnea, hypertension and melanoma. Earlier this year, the Scripps Translational Science Institute launched the first clinical trial of the Scanadu Scout, one of the seven finalists for the prize.
Steven Steinhubl, M.D., is a cardiologist with Scripps Clinic and director of digital medicine for Scripps Health and the Scripps Translational Science Institute. "To Your Health" is brought to you by the physicians and staff of Scripps. For more information about Scripps, please visit
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Trainer Tip of the Month:
If you don't take care of your body, where will you live?
It don't matter the car you drive
The price of the watch on your wrist
Living in the mansion on the hill
Or if your bag matches your shoes
There's one thing I'm sure of my friend
Simply ain't no price tag on health
'cause if your body betrays ya;
You're damn right you've got the blues
I was fortunate enough at a young age to have a great family which instilled that message in me. The importance of a healthy diet, regular exercise and a general awareness of my body and receptiveness to it as a beacon, have enabled me to enjoy my residence so far! Our body and mind is a vessel in which we traverse this human journey. Although it is a complicated, intricate and sometimes ornery machine of unmatched potential, I relent to the fact that it's the only one I get. This is something I wish to impress on others, and I am afforded that opportunity in my chosen profession of health and fitness. I am truly passionate about helping other individuals set attainable goals and strive to be their better selves.
My aspiration for people is their ability to move more efficiently, reduce pain and stress, and of course most importantly; Love Where They Live!!"
- Moe Dorn
Exercise of the Month
Great lower body exercise
- Stand with your legs shoulder width apart. Keep your head aligned with your neck.
- Pull your abs in to stabilize your spine.
- Step to the right. Once your right foot is on the floor, shift your weight towards your right foor. Your right knee should be bent, your hips pushed back and your left leg straight.
- Continue in your lunge. Your knee should be aligned with your foot and both feet should face forward.
- Push off with your right foot and return to starting position.
- Repeat on your left side.
Make sure to keep your feet and knees going in the same direction.
Don't let your ankles roll in, especially with the leg that is straight.
Don't forget to breathe.
Black Bean and Avocado Soup
Black bean soup with avocado, orange, and cucumber
Serves 4 (or 10 tiny servings as appetizer)
2 TB veg oil
1 c chopped onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 c vegetable broth
2 cans (15 oz each) black beans, rinsed
2 jars (4 oz each) pimientos, drained
1 tsp each ground cumin and dried oregano
1/2 tsp kosher salt
2 TB hot sauce, such as Tapatio
1 avocado, cubes
Juice of one lime
1 orange, peeled and chopped
2/3 cucumber chopped
1/4 crumbled cotija cheese
1. Heat oil in large pot, medium heat. Add onion and garlic, cook until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add broth, beans, pimientos, seasonings, and hot sauce and bring to boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer uncovered 10 minutes
2. Mix avocado, cucumber, orange, lime juice in medium bowl. Divide soup among bowls. top with avocado mixture and sprinkle of cheese.
Ask the Trainer
Is the treadmill accurate when it tells me how many calories I've burned
during a workout?
This is a complicated question as different treadmills use different methods to calculate how many calories you burn during a workout. The simplest way and what we use on our Cybex treadmills here is body weight and pace. Other treadmills out on the market today also take your heart rate and incline into account.
Bottom line: The more variables used, the more accurate. Keep in mind that calorie counting includes so many variables that even a precise treadmill calorie counter is an approximation.
Question answered by Robyn Cohen
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