A Futurist’s View on Healthcare and Technology

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Global futurist Jack Uldrich will deliver two talks to Miami’s West Kendall Baptist Hospital on April 9th and 10th. Uldrich will discuss future-proofing and unlearning as it relates to hospitals, healthcare, and technology of the future.

Global futurist and best selling author Jack Uldrich to speak at West Kendall Baptist Hospital on April 9th & 10th.

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What must hospitals unlearn? The answers focus on unlearning who the customer is; the doctor patient relationship; and the nature of waiting rooms.

Studies have found that surgical residents performed better during simulated surgery after playing on a Wii console. Futurist Jack Uldrich says healthcare, and technology like gaming, go in tandem. Uldrich says, "Today's technology will transform the hospitals of tomorrow."

When speaking about how gaming will relate to healthcare, Uldrich paints a clear picture: "The notion that a video game might help improve a surgeon’s performance might seem a little counter-intuitive, but as more surgeries become laparoscopic and microscopic in nature, the dexterity of the surgeon is going to become even important than it already is. The challenge that this presents is that currently practicing surgeons (as well as parents who want their children to become surgeon) might have to unlearn their bias against video games because the reality is, video-gaming skills, like Wii, might actually make residents better surgeons in the near future.”

Future trends like gaming, smart devices, genomic advances, and 3D printing are just a few of the topics that Uldrich makes a living writing and speaking about. How exactly will 3D printing effect healthcare? According to Uldrich, "Approximately 20 people die every day waiting for an organ transplant. Now, researchers at Harvard have used a 3D printer to construct human tissue that includes rudimentary blood vessels. As the technology improves, the advance could prove a critical link in printing fully functioning kidneys—which currently represent 80 percent of all organ transplants."

On April 9th and 10th Uldrich will deliver two keynotes to West Kendall Hospital in Miami discussing the future trends in healthcare, and unlearning. The underlying foundation for Uldrich's keynotes is his firm belief that creativity and action are more powerful and versatile than knowledge and that organizations must unlearn old, obsolete knowledge and old ways of doing business, before they can seize tomorrow’s opportunities.

In his blog post Unlearning the Hospital Uldrich asks, “What must hospitals unlearn?” His answers focus on unlearning who the customer is; the doctor patient relationship; and the nature of waiting rooms.

In addition to addressing clients like the AMA, Allina, St. Jude Medical, Chu Vision, United Healthcare, Fairview Hospitals and the recent Vision Council Executive Summit, Uldrich also speaks to a wide variety of other businesses and organizations, discussing the transformation of agriculture, education, energy, finance, retail and manufacturing.

Following his keynotes for West Kendall Uldrich will speak with BCBS, Stiles and Foth among others, throughout the month of April.

Parties interested in learning more about Jack Uldrich, his books, his daily blog or his speaking availability are encouraged to visit his website. Media wishing to know more about this event or interviewing Jack as a futurist or trend expert can contact Amy Tomczyk at (651) 343.0660.

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