Technology has created a blizzard of scientific discovery. Here are three headlines from the past week:
“Brain stents show promise for stroke patients.”
“Teachers’ Depression symptoms related to students’ learning.”
“Largest genome-wide study strengthens genetic link to obesity.”
Yet with the advancements being made there have never been more health care challenges than there are today. A large reason is that clinical strategies being developed to help you, the current or future patient (we all become patients at some point), are largely inadequate. This creates a massive gap between research and practice – between what we want to do for patients, and what we can do for patients.
Our goal at Dg2 is to leverage our ubiquitous connectivity and gather data to develop actionable patient-centered strategies, today! To do this we must eliminate a pervasive linear approach to patient care, and begin to Think Big – think in an exponential manner often reserved for the world of research. Thinking Big requires challenging unanimously accepted scientific truths, while in constant pursuit of further questions. Questions often unthinkable at the onset of our journey:
“Does bribing the occasional elderly patient with delicious chicken lollipops from the butcher improve patient compliance?” Yes.
“Can you bribe a butcher with Toronto Maple Leaf tickets in exchange for animal brains to practice the lost art of neuron staining? “Yes.
“Will becoming a Haruspex (a man trained to read disemboweled sheep), lead me any closer to understanding the human gut?” Maybe.
Much like 15th century explorers we are guided with an ideologic compass of where we would like to go without an accurate map to chart our course. Join us on an ever-winding exploration through the realms of fascinating scientific achievement while just beginning to understand the humanistic implications in doing so.