What emerging novel technologies and therapies are most exciting in MPN care? Watch as expert Dr. Joseph Sirintrapu shares his perspective about what he’s most excited about and his hopes for the future of implementing technology advancements.
So, Dr. Sirintrapun, we’re always looking for hope, we cancer patients. So what are some of the novel technologies and therapies that you’re most excited about?
Oh my gosh. Let me just say that it’s great to be excited and I spend a lot of…what keeps me going is just being excited about things. But it’s also important not to be reckless. And I think for a lot of people that are in this technology thing, you see the balance between, well, you don’t even necessarily see the balance. They’re more excited and then you overstep. And so that’s really the guiding principle, excited but not too reckless to take things with caution to study, learn from things. And I really appreciate Dr. Palmer sharing that because she brought up a lot of different points. Like as you move forward, you have to consider X, Y, Z, I think a lot of the audiences heard that. That said, I’m excited about a lot and getting a little wonky with the technical things.
I’m excited about the mobile technologies, I don’t exactly know this is going to be somebody else more creative than myself about how do we incorporate that? These different biosensors, if heart rate’s important and that’s a side effect of a drug, how do you incorporate that into the healthcare information system? I’m going to put a little knock on the healthcare information systems or a little less technologically advanced is then what you see with the iWatch. I would argue that the stuff with iPhones is much more advanced to the dismay of many patients…maybe surprise of many patients. [laughter] We deal with some old technologies in healthcare. And so how do we incorporate these new technologies into this old ecosystem? But that said, there’s a lot of potential wearables, biosensors testing that could be close to point of care on the connectivity aspect with the 5G and stuff.
I don’t fully know all the 5G aspects, but think of the prior Gs that were there that allowed for GPS and all these different things that were not possible when you had 1G. Now we have 5G. Who knows what you could do. You can actually apply AI in real time before you would take 10 minutes to process it. Now it’s just happening somewhere at a cloud close by and it’s happening very quickly. You can imagine all that. So things like robotic surgeries can happen. Processing of immense data can happen very quickly. You can get your information without waiting a day or two weeks. So those things are very disruptive and I’m excited about that. I’m hoping that the players that are out there also keep the cautionary aspect that as you move forward, don’t jump too soon.
Try to learn things. Do not overpromise. Because it’s a thing for patients as well. I mean, many physicians don’t necessarily know they’re not, when you see something, they’re enamored by it. But the questions you should ask, is it ready? Has it been through the paces yet? Can I trust it enough? And that’s the part that… And I try to maintain it and I hope as people go and innovate that they don’t overpromise on things. Think the Theranos aspect, we could do all this X, Y, Z. That’s one lesson and there’s going to be more. Trust me, that’s not the end of it. Because as I mentioned, people tend to get excited, but it’s also very important to be cautious and not reckless. And I think that’s the lesson I would convey to anybody excited about this.
But there is a lot excitement, there’s a lot of potential people who think very smartly about it can think of all the different cautionaries of how to implement it because it’s all about the implementation. How do you make sure it’s ready and you can implement it correctly so that the people that are using it and people that have to interpret it and the people that it’s going to impact it all matches? It actually really is appropriate for that time that, that’s beyond just the technical. That’s why I said I…when I said informatics, it’s people processes. It’s not just the technology I wanted to focus on it, it’s the entire picture of things. And so that’s it. That’s kind of the way I sort of see us moving forward.