Help us produce 2 new mHealth lectures for Medical Students next week

George B Shaw Apples and Ideas

Next week (Thursday 29th March 2018) I’m giving a couple of lectures at University College Dublin Medical School on the topics of “How would the BornMobile generation redesign Medicine?”  and “The Future role of the Doctor“.

The lectures will build on the mHealth course for Healthcare Professionals that we built for the Healthcare Informatics Society but I thought it would be a good idea to crowdsource ideas here by outlining a draft skeleton of the presentations and inviting your thoughts and suggestions (easiest way is via email or the comments box below – and messages will remain private unless you request otherwise).

In appreciation of your help I’ll give you a credit at the end of the lectures (both lectures will be video recorded and shared on YouTube).

How would the BornMobile generation redesign Medicine?

  • Introduction


Why the most powerful lesson I got at Medical School came from a Patient as we looked at the internet together.

  • Keeping current with the tools of our time.

Moores Law: Your iPhone has a faster CPU than that used by a £10Million Surgical Robot

Half of US Medical Students believe that using a Mobile in front of Colleagues & Patients would make them appear less competent

If you attend a Medical School that still doesn’t give you mHealth tools the data now shows that they are failing you

If Patients see you uncomfortable using a mobile they may doubt how current your medical knowledge is.

It’s critical we also appreciate that the mobile phone in your pocket provides the quickest way to end your career…

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…or even worse.

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PLEASE TAKE THESE POWERFUL DEVICES SERIOUSLY AND TAKE TIME TO LEARN HOW TO USE THEM because ‘here’s my mobile number’ is now one of the most caring things you can say to a Patient or Carer.

  • Description of the Born Mobile Generation & the disconnect with modern medicine.

Joined up medical records: Dog Vs Child

Treat me like a statistic and save my life.

There’s probably not a Doctor in Ireland who wouldn’t get a sizeable GDPR fine if they were inspected today yet Cancer Research charities are paying private investigators to research the family and friends of children who have cancer, the NHS is giving away the detailed healthcare records of millions of Patients to the world’s biggest advertising company (Google) without even notifying Patients who never even had access to the same info and referral agents are paying google millions while masquerading as free helplines for drug addicts (while generating millions in finder fees for rehab services).

      • Describe how the Healthcare Industry is failing to keep up with the changing needs of Patients and Carers

“Go and Get Help” no longer makes sense.

International Diabetes Federation: Let’s embed mHealth and make it a compulsory embedded part of care for Patients who have diabetes.

The ability to use “Voice to Text” should be an entry requirement for Medical School in 2018.

  • Imagine how we could use the internet together?

Mobile is transforming the Internet and creating the Internet of Things: how will that transform medicine.

  • Beyond the office visit model

Nutrition, Chronic Disease and Behaviour Change Focus.

  • We need to bring the tools we use socially to work

You’re probably going to start working in a Hospital that expects you to use as many as 20 different software programmes and a heap of obsolete tech like fax machines and pagers. It’s time Medical Schools required students to always carry the latest smartphone & use it in their exams because we need to prepare them for a career in which they will always have a connected smartphone (at least as powerful as an iPhone X) and your Patients will have one too. How do you plan to leverage that?

Imagine a world where Medical Notes are shared with Patients and Carers…

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Imagine a world where Patients create the Healthcare Record?


Imagine a world where Patients bring the Healthcare Record to the Consultation?

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  • News & Published Research Literacy training

A Doctors career is being transformed by Patients/Carers looking up information. The phrase “Can we talk about this information” is coming at the profession like a freight train.

      • Online sharing of lectures

Instills Transparency, Confidence in the profession. Useful Patient information: imagine how it might help the Parent of a child on dialysis if they watched the UCD nephrology course.

UCD should pride itself on the number of Medical Schools around the world that copy their lectures. When information is cheaper to distribute than water the value you offer is determined by the quality of the information you share.

      • What would the world’s best Medical School look like?

Paperless, socially connected tuition designed to teach and build team working skills.

MD FastTrack for Experienced Nurses.

International students graduating at UCD after resitting their Final year in the world’s most modern medical school.

“The Future Role of the Doctor?

The future Doctor is one that is capable of asking “What Does John Need?” and confident to not just intensify treatment.

The Future Patient brings their own data – why do we need this to happen (Primary care physicians in the US spend nearly 2 hours on EHR tasks per hour of direct patient care) and what changes do we need to make to accommodate this?

Imagine if every Patient you treat is in a Clinical Trial

Long term commitment to proving your Trustworthiness and Professionalism so that you can be an Independent impartial advisor capable of reducing over treatment and overdiagnosis and making preventative connections with Patients that will help them change their behaviours.

How do you develop trust with Patients in a world that’s upside down and while Doctors get threatened with GDPR fines the leading teaching Hospitals are being rebranded by corporations that sell Patients down the road to scammers, the world’s biggest corporation was practically seed funded by illegal drug adverts and is now selling personal data on insured Patients to rehab referral agents who masquerade as a ‘free helpline’ for addicts:

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Where will the Smartphone Medical take us?

From: “Please give me 36 seconds to tell my story” to “The Doctor Can See you now & thanks to data Doctors are able to select Patients that they know, understand and feel a connection with”.

How do you prepare for a career in which you won’t be allowed to practice without a smartphone loaded with up to date content, mHealth accessories and exhaustive clinical decision support tools?

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The implications of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.

The need to get good at discerning between potential, hype and opportunities:

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What if you never got to diagnose a Patient? What type of a Doctor will we need when every Patient you ever meet already has a diagnosis?

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What if the Ageing process is slowed or abolished?

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Does this pass your “Mother Test”?

Don’t strive for perfection, instead pledge to never to repeat a mistake.

UPDATE: Draft slides for first lecture:


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