Lyme patients tell their stories:

From Jan D.:

I’m an advocate for tick borne diseases (Lyme disease) who has been sick for 17 years and spent $75,000 on hopeful treatments. I was finally diagnosed with 5 different tick infections 5 years ago after 12 years on misdiagnosis and was on antibiotics for 3 years and herbs for 2. In the last couple of weeks I had 3 appointments with an ONDAMED practitioner. I’m amazed how much better I feel and am telling everyone who calls on my hotline that we may have found a miracle. Lyme disease is an epidemic and maybe you could put someone on your ad who was helped by your device. There are millions of us very sick from ticks and we are all needing for a cure or at least some relief. Thank you for doing this, if I had bought your machine 10 years ago I would have saved about $50,000 by now.

From Rachel M.:

Probably one of my most amazing stories is an 83 year old woman that was house ridden, she couldn’t leave her home because of such horrific Lyme symptoms as well as incontinence. On her third ONDAMED session she was able to come to me for her session. She was ecstatic, she was able to leave her home, go out and do several errands, had increased energy, incontinence was under control and most important she was out of bed! Here is the kicker, on her fifth ONDAMED session she shared with me that she went horse back riding, YES horse back riding at 83! A woman that goes from being in bed to horse back riding in as little as 5 ONDAMED sessions and I never had to see her again! (I check in with her periodically to see how she is doing and she is still well and NO Lyme symptoms either. She feels better than ever.)

Personally, I had Lyme for ~10 years undiagnosed, while doing ONDAMED as a guinea pig, it was brought to my attention that I may have Lyme. I went to my PCP and requested I be tested for Lyme, again this is after 10 years of complaining of the same symptoms every Fall, and sure enough the test came back positive. At that time my PCP suggested antibiotics and I explained that I was doing ONDAMED therapy and wanted to continue with the biofeedback therapy and not take the antibiotics. (Clearly I had Lyme for such a long time, what did I have to loose trying an alternative therapy first?) So, I continued having ONDAMED sessions every week for 6 months. During that time I was starting to feel so much better on so many levels; my energy was picking up, my aches were dissipating, fatigue vanished, headaches subsided as well as sensitivity to lights. ONDAMED changed my life! Having a background in Biology/Chemistry, attending Chiropractic school and working as an engineer at a biotech company – alternative medicine wasn’t exactly what I studied. I will be forever grateful for the experience I personally had with the ONDAMED that I purchased a device, eventually left my engineering position, and opened my practice full-time. Every day I get to help other people and be part of their healing journey. It is so rewarding and encouraging to be part of such an amazing therapy and technology. Most important I’m happy and proud to announce that 7 years later I am still symptom- free all thanks to ONDAMED!

Theresa J.:

Living with Lyme for the last 30 years has been challenging, and at times, life threatening for me. By 2009, I was so debilitated from this disease, I could barely walk or talk and definitely not able to take care of myself. My daughter had to take care of me as I was not able to do even the simplest day to day activities. Even though I have had serious bouts before, this time I feared I may never get better.  I didn’t want to be a burden on my family and I became very depressed.
Mainstream medicine’s answer was heavy doses of antibiotics but my body wouldn’t tolerate it for more than a week. It would cause me to have gut wrenching pain and drop my sodium level so fast I came close to going into a coma. If that wasn’t enough it caused seizures so severe, I had to be held down so I wouldn’t hit my head against objects like the wall or the floor. So, I needed to keep searching for answers. By 2011, I was so week and so thin, I wasn’t sure I would last the year. I knew I would have to find something soon or I may never recover or perhaps even die of Lyme.
It was late January when I was exposed to the first step that would help me on the road to recovery. It was the Gerson therapy. The Gerson therapy is basically a nutrient-dense plant based diet of fruits and vegetables with an emphasis of raw juices. It also stressed detoxing with coffee enemas and bentonite clay packs. Within a few weeks of the therapy, I noticed my pain level to decrease and I knew, finally, something that would be beneficial in my healing. Although Gerson was helping, it wasn’t the complete answer for me to be functional again. I needed something more, something that could halt the bacteria that was destroying my body and would also heal the damage that had already occurred.
Then came the critical second step to speed the healing: ONDAMED. This device is a focused pulsed electromagnetic therapy that detects weaknesses in the body and also stimulates a healing response. It helped give my cells the energy to be able to heal and also fully detox.  It aided my ability to take in nutrients that my body could utilize. The microorganism frequencies helped my immune system fight against the spirochetes and other co-infections I had. My detox regimen took care of the aftermath of any die-off.  It was the perfect combination.

I started to be able to gain some weight and I could fill the vitality of life come back into my body. After a few months of weekly treatments along with physical therapy, I starting getting motor function back and I was able to walk without fear of falling.  Soon I could drive a car again which helped me become independent. By the summer of 2011, I had the confidence that I could live on my own.  I wasn’t totally out of the woods, but I was definitely on my way, to not only survive, but to thrive in life. I am very grateful for all the support I have had from friends and family and for the healing modalities that were developed to help me get there like ONDAMED.  It truly gave me a second chance at life.

From Dr. Travis S., M.D.:

He suffered with Lyme, undiagnosed, for over 5 years He diagnosed himself, starting with the identification of an unusual reoccurring rash. His colleague and Lyme Expert with whom he consulted recommended he see Therese Juedes for an ONDAMED treatment. After only 3 treatments with her, he was noticeably better and decided to purchase the full system. He felt like she “saved his life” using this incredible technology.

From Perry Fields:

Perry Fields, a USA Track and Field athlete was diagnosed with severe Lyme in 2005.  She was 24 yrs old. She was told she would never run again.  Friends of her physician parents recommended a doctor in the mountains of North Carolina. He taught her how to treat herself including using the ONDAMED device daily and for the next 9 months she treated herself every weekend in his cabin up in the woods. She began researching all things Lyme related and by 2007 was ready to move to FL and train for the 2008 Olympics.  She suffered a relapse due to pathogens in her mouth and had surgery to remove them. And she missed her bid.  By 2009, Perry was training again and by 2010 she raced her first indoor track season since 2001, where she made her debut at the USA Track and Field Indoor Nationals and competed in the Olympic 2012. With her complete recovery she has written a book, “The Tickslayer” which chronicles her road to recovery and she continues to offer advice and hope to Lyme sufferers worldwide through her website.


Perry Fields interviewed Silvia Binder in July 2012:

Q: Silvia, as you know I was using ONDAMED back in 2006 to get healthy. Being an ND, what are your thoughts on healing Lyme disease?
A: I believe healing is very possible with almost all disease processes including Lyme disease. I consider Lyme disease an immune deficiency disorder. The question that interests me as a practitioner is WHY the immune system of my patient is suppressed or dysfunctional. I am a firm believer in the theory that our physiology follows our mind and emotions. In other words our body manifests unresolved emotional issues such as trauma or shock we experienced at some point in our life. The memory of such unresolved trauma or shock resides on a cellular level somewhere in our body hindering our body to be as strong, vibrant, and healthy as it could possibly be. We won’t notice it right away. But what I believe happens is that the shock or trauma disconnects us from the powerful self we have come to be and live in this lifetime. Most of us continue to stray away from “our path” and further disconnect from our truth. This, in a much broader sense and from a wider perspective on immune deficiency disorders, may be the causal factor for our disease journeys. It is our own disconnect from the power within that invites inflammation and infection.
Q: How does ONDAMED help those who are suffering from Lyme disease?
A: ONDAMED and its unique biofeedback loop allow practitioners to find and treat dysfunctional tissue. The practitioner stimulates the patient with specifically chosen focused fields emitted from a handheld applicator that is moved from head to toe, front and back. Every time the patient reacts (biofeedback loop) to the stimulus when moved over a specific area, the practitioner notes this reaction area concluding that there may be inflammation, infection, scar tissue, or memories of unresolved shock or trauma residing on a cellular level.

It is the patient who sits in the driver’s seat directing the practitioner of WHERE the weakest areas are located and with WHAT focused fields such areas need to be stimulated. Instead of a pharmaceutical or nutraceutical used systemically, the ONDAMED provides a focused “electroceutical” approach targeted to the areas in most need.

If you’ve ever seen Dr. Beverly Crusher in Star Trek The Next Generation, she uses a Tricoder Technology to scan over the body to evaluate imbalances and once imbalances are found, she uses the Tricoder to send electromagnetic pulses toward the body area to stimulate healing processes. ONDAMED is quite similar, but may be the 1st generation of an advanced Tricoder since Star Trek plays in the 24th Century.

Back to the 21st Century, the ONDAMED stimulation attracts immune response to the specific tissue area where applicators are placed. ONDAMED’s focused fields cause an induction from within cells and tissue; cells and tissue are being vibrated or moved which causes not only the immune system to respond but also detoxifies cells from toxins and waste product.

Simultaneously to what is happening on the targeted tissue areas, ONDAMED has a systemic effect on the lymph system. Lymphatic flow is being stimulated to help carry toxins and waste product from cells and tissue to the respective organs to excrete these unwanted debris through our stool, urine, or sweat.

While the ONDAMED causes so many different actions to happen all at the same time, its focused field stimulation also has great impact on the nervous system. Depending on the fields used, they either have a relaxing or exciting effect on the nervous system.
Q: Tell us more about using ONDAMED to address all the symptoms that people with Lyme suffer from?
A: I typically suggest that our practitioners use all four operating Modules the ONDAMED System offers. This will allow addressing patients’ symptoms from different perspectives with a wide range of frequencies and programs.

We work with frequencies that are specific to organs and organ systems, offering very precise frequencies to the areas in most distress.

170 different therapeutic programs then offer a more generic approach while providing information as to the patient’s health journey. I call these programs that are combinations of frequencies (but never more than 2 at one time) like a whole piece of music, a symphony.

Especially for immune deficiency disorders including Lyme disease, it is critical to also use Module 3, frequencies that correlate with microorganisms. This Module is the most specific of all, using only one frequency to primarily stimulate immune response.

Module 4 is also essential since it deals with unique frequencies to stimulate assimilation of enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and more.

With use of these four Modules, Lyme sufferers have shown to:

  • deeply relax
  • improve their sleep patterns
  • detoxify by sweating more and with noticeable frequency and consistency changes of stool & urine
  • facial complexion improves (patients’ skin color changes from grey tone to a healthy radiant tone)
  • having more energy
  • being able to think clearer
  • memory improves
  • bigger range of motion
  • less or no pain
  • reduce or stop medication (with guidance of their physician)
  • weight balances
  • addictive patterns reduce or stop
  • feeling better about themselves and finding it easier to manage their life challenges
  • quality of life significantly improves
  • patients have been observed to undertake big life transformations including a new career path, seeking additional or brand new education, changing or allowing a partnership, move, etc.

Q: What should one expect to feel after an ONDAMED session? When can people start to notice improvement with the use of ONDAMED? Is there a rough estimate of the number of sessions that someone may need before they start feeling symptoms get better?
A: The first thing people feel is that they relax and have less pain. Often patients report a better and deeper sleep. Pain levels drop and people can move better and easier and they have energy! They feel better about themselves and start taking ownership of their life again.

Generally speaking, people should feel a change in the first 5 sessions and after 15 – 20 sessions (either weekly or bi-weekly) there should be a substantial improvement with people’s symptoms. I always tell me patients that our first step to get them well is to stabilize them which may take anywhere from 2-10 sessions. After people have achieved a stable level, we work on building their health. So, even if symptoms have reduced it is important to work on building strength and health.

Q: If symptoms get better, is it safe to say that healing is actually taking place. Most people with Lyme are very fearful. They fear that they aren’t ever going to get well and if they do get well, they can expect to have another “attack” or “episode” of symptoms.
A: Yes, we can safely say that patients are healing. Of course, our belief in Naturopathic Medicine is to stimulate the patient’s own healing abilities, which is always present in the body. I want to mention here that while our healing abilities are present, the patient may not yet be ready for healing. We must respect the patient’s need and abilities and the right time for undertaking their healing journey. Another belief we hold in Naturopathic Medicine is to set the patient free and not bind them to yet another “thing”. Therefore, while ONDAMED is a significant tool to stimulate wholesome healing, we must never forget or stop to educate our patients in terms of life style, nutrition, stress factors in their environment, etc. This way the patient is equipped with their own tools to better understand how to live a more aware, healthy, and joyful life.

I can’t stress enough how critical the work is with unresolved emotional shock or trauma By stepping into a deeper level with patients, we are able to help them reconnect to their inner strength in order for their bodies to follow this connection and strength. Once people “got a hold” of their power within and they start nurturing and growing their “inner seed”, they have a fundamental base from where to direct their bodies and avoid to ever having to experience another “attack” or “episode”.

Q: How does energetic medicine fit into someone’s recovery? How should it be used?
A: Good question, Perry. Since all beings are electro-magnetic, it is a no brainer to understand the importance of using energy medicine. The field of Western medicine has been using “energetic medicine” to diagnose – just look at MRI, X-Ray, Ultrasound, EEG and EKG. These devices are an integral part of conventional medicine.

Acupuncture, pulse reading and herbs have been used for thousands of years as part of Eastern medicine.

The field of “energetic medicine” offers many different approaches. I am a skeptic and need to see evidence of safety and efficacy. All of you should ask questions when offered any form of treatment. I always encourage my patients to do their own research since it puts them in a position of power.

There are fine & cutting edge energetic approaches, yet there also are many questionable methods, some even dangerous. If you wish to heal quickly and lastingly you must be treated in a focused and specific way. The body needs specificity for proper healing (the yogis already stated this a long time ago). A generic approach can be limited, may cost you time and money and more importantly you may give up hope. We don’t want that. Therefore, do your own research and use common-sense and practical thinking. It goes a long way and sets you free.

All in all, people need different elements of healing stimulation. Several pizza slices make a whole “pizza pie” and we need different slices of therapeutic interaction to reduce or even better end people’s suffering from their Lyme symptoms.  It is absolutely necessary to include energetic medicine in order to tap into the cellular communication system of a person.

The return to Personalized Medicine in a safe and common-sense kind of way is the key for helping people to not only overcome their disease, but learn from their disease journey and become a more aware, healthy, strong, and joyful person. (end of interview)

A Few Words From Silvia Binder

I was five years old when my Kindergarten class spent a day in the woods in the outskirts of Vienna, Austria. By the end of the day, my Kindergarten teacher informed my mother of a tick that was behind my right ear and urged her to remove it at home. However, for unknown reasons, the tick bite was forgotten by the time we got home. Within days I developed a very high fever and all the classic symptoms of Mengingitis. I was hospitalized for 7 weeks and had to endure painful punctures of the cervical spine which to this day, I vividly remember. This is clearly an acute reaction to a tick bite and can be life threatening.

Looking at the chronic illness, the statistics show that 100+ million people have an Infectious or Autoimmune Disease all over the globe. Lyme has become pandemic, stretching from North America to Europe and beyond. Patients and practitioners alike are frustrated with trying to find the answers to their illness. ONDAMED offers a cutting edge complementary solution to these questions. This state of the art technology uses a Biofeedback Methodology to locate and stimulate areas of physiological and psychological weaknesses with focused electromagnetic fields. Cellular repair and regeneration begins immediately using focused fields unique to each individual. The patients themselves guide the therapeutic solution, and with ONDAMED, they experience the lasting benefits of personalized medicine getting and staying well.
Recently I interviewed Susan Rohr, an integrative Registered Nurse and ONDAMED/Energy Medicine Practitioner with about a hundred participants on the call from all over the globe. Our topic was Lyme Disease; Susan’s own struggles with Chronic Lyme and that of her patients has taught her to embrace the challenges as part of growth and transformation allowing healing to the core. It is worth your time to listen to our recording by visiting

In 2008 I interviewed Lyme Expert Stephen Bock, M.D. and Scientist James Oschman, Ph.D. on Lyme Disease, click here for our recording:

While the medical profession in many countries or even states within the U.S. do not recognize Lyme Disease, a growing number of healthcare providers (and health insurance companies) have accepted this pandemic disease and offer simple to more sophisticated laboratory testing for diagnosis.  The current scientific belief is that microbes, parasites, or a combination thereof may be responsible for the symptoms of Lyme Disease:

  1. A spiral-shaped bacteria known as Borrelia Burgdorferi carried by the blacklegged tick. The natural reservoir is thought to be the white-footed mouse. Ticks transfer the spirochetes to the white-tailed deer, humans, and other warm-blooded animals after a blood meal on an infected animal.
  2. The bacteria Bartonella carried in fleas, body lice and ticks
  3. The malaria-like parasite Babesia is often found on ticks and infects red blood cells
  4. Ehrlichia carried by the lone-star tick and deer tick infects different kinds of white blood cells

Just last week I skype-conferenced with Dr. Bjørn J Øverbye, a Norwegian Physician, whose own story suffering from severe Lyme related symptoms and finding no help or answers amongst his colleagues, prompted a big life change which helped him to recover and lead a healthy normal life. He wrote a book called “Sick after Tick Bite”, which is currently available only in Norwegian. He states that 20-40% of any given population may be infected by Borrelia and the more well known coinfections such as Mycoplasma, Chlamydia pneumonia, Babesia, Anaplasma, and a few others. A high percentage of these infected people are at all times healthy carriers who under the influence of stress, improper foods, chemicals, radiation, etc. have their immune system damaged and then parasites will turn into a problem that causes what is known as an infectious disease or an autoimmune disease. The remaining carriers are those who get sick from the parasite following the transmission of the microbe from a tick-bite and other vectors. These are the sick carriers. Recognized sick carriers are thus the sum of 1) recently infected, 2) sick and 3) healthy carriers who turn sick.

Dr. Øverbye is convinced that a high quality dark field microscope is the most accurate diagnostic method to identify spirochets in vivo. His own research has led him to believe that electromagnetic therapy often far exceeds the efficacy of antibiotics.

Let me throw an even more brain challenging idea on the table: What if the spirochetes are high potentiated Bio-Catalysts that jump-start dormant lying inflammatory or infectious processes to ultimately help regulate/heal them? This thought provoking idea is one of Björn Eybl’s as published in one of the dearest books I own called „Die Seelischen Ursachen der Krankheiten“ (translated from German „the emotional causes of disease“). Eybl’s book is based on the brilliant work of Dr. Ryke Geerd Hamer, a German internist who is the originator of the „German New Medicine“; Every disease has a purpose and an emotional correlation, which absolutely resonates with me and I not only use his well proven approach in my own practice but I also include his brilliant philosophy in my lectures and seminars to inspire practitioners to read up on his work.

A whole different perspective on germs can be found in this fascinating article, which my Australian friend, Peter Glynn D.C., shared with me:

Some of My Best Friends Are Germs

Michael Pollan

Truly, a must-read!

Often I am asked if I could state for what condition ONDAMED worked the best. While our therapeutic solution is not one of addressing disease or symptoms, but focusing on the root cause, I must say that over twelve years I have been able to witness an incredible amount of Lyme patients worldwide who show the most significant health improvement and life transformations. I am seeing people bound to their beds, incapable of leading a normal life or contributing to their families and communities. They suffer from lack of sleep and energy, they are in pain most of the time and consequently barely move while their joy to live shrinks with every day’s increasing struggles. The longer and more they suffer, the less vibrant their bodies are filled with life force; AND these are the people with the biggest turn-arounds. They often go from a state of being bed-ridden to starting their own practice, giving back to their communities offering a therapy that has changed their lives. They stand on solid ground. They have earned the right to reach out and touch the lives of those Lyme sufferers with what they know has worked for them to overcome all or most of their health challenges. Certainly, everyone is different and results vary based on a number of factors.

Yes, I am here to tell you that there is hope. Don’t wait. Find yourself an ONDAMED practitioner in your area. This is simple. Visit our website and click on “Find a Practitioner” or invest into your own personal device and start this powerful therapy from the comfort of your own home. You deserve being well and joyful.

Gratefully & Smilingly Yours,


Silvia Binder, N.D., Ph.D.

CEO of the Ondamed Companies Germany and New York

Founder of The Binder Institute for Personalized Medicine


In conjunction with the International Lyme and Associated Diseases 
Society’s Annual Disease Conference

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October 10-12, 2014
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Millions of people suffer from Autoimmune Disease all over the globe.
Lyme has become pandemic, stretching from North America to Europe and beyond.

                                        Patients and practitioners alike are frustrated with trying to find the answers to their illness. ONDAMED offers a                           cutting edge solution to these questions. This state of the art technology uses a Biofeedback Methodology to locate and                      stimulate areas of physiological and psychological weaknesses with focused e/m fields. Cellular repair and regeneration begins                    immediately using focused fields unique to each individual. The patient themselves guide the therapeutic solution, and with ONDAMED, they experience the lasting benefits of personalized medicine getting and staying well.

Finally there are safe and effective answers for your patient’s health:


To schedule your free ONDAMED Session or for more information about
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Futuristic Predictions: Personalized Medicine

Personalized medicine by 2020 and other futuristic healthcare predictions 


Organ printing (2016)

Whether you call it organ printing, bio-printing, bio-manufacturing or computer-aided tissue engineering, it sounds a lot easier than it actually is.

Researchers have been using inkjet printers filled with cells instead of ink to manufacture organs that can be transplanted into humans. Dr. Anthony Atala, the director of the Institute for Regenerative Medicine at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, gave a fascinating TED talk last year in which he showed the audience a kidney that had been printed that day (but with a warning that it was an early, experimental prototype years away from functional and clinical use).

As Atala says, there are still many challenges to overcome before printing organs becomes standard practice, so the 2016 tag is pretty optimistic.

“In the future — maybe 50 years from now — we will be able to make very complex organs and bones, and very complex tissues,” Dr. Vladimir Mironov, researcher and associate professor at the Medical University of South Carolina, said in an interview with ABC News last year.

Synthetic blood (2018)

A molecule that can transfer oxygen throughout the body has been in high demand, especially in trauma and military settings, where blood is in short supply or isn’t readily available. The Department of Defense, for one, has doled out millions of dollars in grants for development efforts.

But it’s been a troublesome process. Safety concerns have kept companies including Northfield Laboratories and Biopure from winning U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval (and causing them to shut down). Researchers have trekked on, though. Numerous other companies including OPK Biotech and Arteriocyte are working on substitute blood products, and researchers are still coming up with new approaches.

A research team at Edinburgh University thinks its artificial red blood cells could be ready for clinical trials within the next two years, but that’s intended to be used only to hold patients over until real blood can be used, according to Wired.

Personalized medicine (2020)

Providing the right drug to the right patient at the right time. This one might not seem so far-fetched given that we’ve already reduced the cost of sequencing the human genome to about $1,000, seen FDA approvals of a few personalized medicines and companion diagnostic tests, and had many companies form (and raise serious cash) around the idea of personalized medicine.

But such a paradigm shift takes time and affects not only researchers, doctors and patients but also insurers and government regulators. As we continue to see researchers overcome the clinical barriers to personalized medicine, identify more biomarkers and develop more tests and therapeutics, issues with accuracy, affordability and policy will come into play.

Stem cell treatments (2026)

From blindness to cancer to lung disease to heart failure, stem cells are being applied in hundreds of clinical trials across the world. Last year, the FDA hit a big milestone when it approved HEMACORD, the first umbilical cord product for use in stem cell transplants.

In a nutshell, “extensive use of stem cells as therapy is still in its infancy,” wrote Dr. Stephen Schimpff, an author and professor of medicine and public policy, in a recent series of posts about the state of stem cells in medical research. See that series here: 1, 2 (the third installment is yet to be published).

Other interesting predictions

  • Smart drugs that improve mental functions by 2019
  • Gene therapy by 2030
  • Hybrid-assisted limbs that are embedded in the wearer’s body by 2032
  • Drugs that reverse or slow down aging by 2038

7 predictions for the future of health care technology

1. We will see a democratization of medical knowledge

For thousands of years, the science and art of medicine has been passed down from generation to generation under an apprenticeship model (it’s called “a practice” after all). Today, we have an opportunity to leverage technology to make doctors’ wisdom accessible to all. To date, we’ve published entire encyclopedias of medical knowledge, but they remain largely impenetrable by the mass audience. What’s missing is useful, user-friendly information that guides healthy behavior.

The technology already exists for health information to be published, catalogued, and searched by anybody online. As this trend spreads, this democratization of medical knowledge will offer clinicians worldwide a chance to learn from each other and improve the quality of care. What’s more, platforms that unlock the crowd-sourced wisdom of the medical community will offer patients immediate access to doctors’ guidance.

2. A transparent meritocracy amongst doctors

Patients typically choose their doctor by either word-of-mouth referral, or online consumer reviews of a doctor’s bedside manner, waiting room decor, or office staff’s disposition — not by the quality of care they provide.  That’s because most consumers aren’t qualified to assess how a doctor’s care affects health outcomes.

But imagine a world where doctors rate each other on the characteristic that matters most: competence. Taken further, imagine if consumers had access to a single score that captured a doctor’s professional reputation as determined by other doctors — a score that combines meaningful indicators such as the impact of their clinical research and academic publications, the number of patients referred to them, and the caliber of their medical training.

A system with this kind of transparency will reward doctors who actually deserve esteem from peers and patients, not just those with access to big marketing budgets, large employers, degrees from elite schools, or extensive social networks.

3. Finally — consolidated patient information!

Despite the increasing prevalence of electronic health records, patient information is stuck in the days of the Wild West. Information is siloed in non-interoperable data repositories, from EMRs to health devices, managed by different parties, and stored in various formats.

While we have more, richer data about each patient today than in past decades, doctors can’t effectively use these data until they are consolidated into a standardized, usable data stream. Favorable regulatory forces are pushing for standards (like the “Blue Button”) that make health information easily retrievable for patients and with increasingly empowered and savvy healthcare consumers. It’s only a matter of time before a platform emerges that can aggregate and safely store patient information in one place.

This kind of platform will, in turn, facilitate the integration of new technologies into healthcare. In addition to prescribing medications, for example, doctors will prescribe apps to capture health data or foster behavior change. Such practice will ultimately become a practical and seamless part of administering care.

4. Tech will catalyze drastic system-wide cost savings and efficiencies

When 30 to 40 million Americans enter the healthcare system in 2014 under Obamacare, our current system will experience enormous demand shock. Without structured change, the influx of previously uninsured patients will yield a shortage of doctors and will strain doctors’ time and resources, particularly among primary care physicians.

To cope, we will need an efficient system to triage health queries and manage patients based on urgency, severity, and available capacity. Furthermore, technology must enable doctors to care for larger patient populations more quickly and without compromising quality of care. Smart dashboards, alerts, reports, automated follow-ups, synchronous and asynchronous communication, and data sharing all will become part of a doctor’s “command center” that helps him or her monitor the health of thousands of patients simultaneously.

Innovation can expand the “production possibilities frontier” for any capital- and labor-constrained market. The potential impact of technology is immense. For example, of the $1.8 trillion spent annually on healthcare in the U.S., roughly $500 billion is spent on doctor-patient visits alone. Roughly 25 percent of these visits are purely informational (no procedures are performed, and no prescriptions are written). If technology can efficiently serve patients seeking such visits, annual healthcare costs could immediately and dramatically drop by $125 billion.

5. Our medical knowledge will advance at record speeds

Medicine will benefit from the wisdom of crowds. With transparent, large-scale knowledge sharing across doctors and patients, medical experts will collaborate to refine treatment regimens, discover new approaches to old problems, and share feedback on unexpected outcomes at a pace previously unimaginable.

By looking at trends in patients’ health questions and concerns in real time (both before and after a doctor visit), the CDC and other health organizations will learn about geographic outbreaks before patients make their way to ERs and waiting rooms. Conceivably, predictive analytical frameworks could detect outbreaks before they happen. Advanced algorithms will also detect correlations between certain medications and unexpected side effects based on patient reports within a particular demographic — correlations that might never be discovered during traditional clinical trials. The possibilities of “big data” are limitless and exciting.

6. Doctors will be trained to bring “care” back into “health care”

The average doctor-patient encounter in the U.S. lasts seven minutes (largely a function of reimbursements being tied to the number of patients seen). As a result, doctors are hard-pressed to find time to build meaningful relationships with their patients.

Not surprisingly, patients often complain about their doctors’ bedside manner. Technology can actually help foster a stronger culture of care in a fast-paced world – when visits are more efficient, doctors have more time to hold a hand, share a smile, alleviate anxiety, and talk with each patient. We’re already seeing medical schools adapt curricula to emphasize making patients feel better not just physically, but also emotionally. Technology will accelerate this trend by providing doctors ongoing access to peer feedback about their medical knowledge and patient feedback about their bedside manner. The result? Making patients healthier and happier.

7. We will see unprecedented market caps

We’re living in an era when many promising ventures will create new jobs, markets, and market values that surpass those of today’s tech companies.  Think about how massive existing health care companies have already grown in terms of brick and mortar facilities, in-person services, and archaic IT systems.

Yet some of the world’s leading technology companies like Amazon, Google, and Apple have already transformed traditional markets (think newspapers, books, and music) into lucrative technology-based markets with lower costs for consumers. Health tech companies can similarly disrupt the multi-trillion dollar health care market — except, in healthcare, the lifetime value of customers is exponentially larger than any other tech industry. This presents a monetization potential never before seen in the business model of tech companies.

The opportunities at the intersection of health and technology will enable humanity to create health and wealth on a global scale — seizing huge business opportunities while generating tremendous positive social impact for everyone, everywhere.

Health is ripe for technological disruption and worthy of the world’s best resources. This industry beckons the brightest engineers, designers, doctors, legislators, and business mavericks to band together and make these predictions a reality. Join the cause!


Top 10 Medical Breakthroughs for 2014


1. A New Treatment for Blood Cancers

Newly-developed drugs called “B-cell receptor pathway inhibitors” have been  highly effective in treating low-grade B-cell lymphomas and leukemias in clinical trials. A 2013 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) showed an overall response rate of 71 percent for patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) who were treated with the new drugs. These drugs kill malignant B cells while having little effect on healthy cells, thus producing fewer side effects than chemotherapy and allowing the patient to remain healthier during treatment.

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2. A Novel Biomarker for Heart Disease

When assessing a patient’s risk for heart disease, physicians test for certain biomarkers—such as cholesterol levels—that may foretell the potentially lethal health condition.

Scientists have now discovered what may be an important new biomarker, called trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO), which could be a useful screening tool for people who don’t have traditional risk factors. TMAO is a byproduct of intestinal bacteria, and a study in NEJM reported this year that those with the highest levels of TMAO had double the risk of cardiovascular events. This research indicates that the microbes that live in our digestive tracts may be able to give us important clues about the risk of stroke and heart attack. Experts suggest that doctors may soon be able to personalize diets for their patients to best prevent heart disease based on levels of TMAO.

3. Computer-Assisted Sedation Without an Anesthesiologist

Colonoscopies are the most expensive screening test that Americans receive, and costs are increased when anesthesia services are provided. The solution may be a new computer-assisted personalized sedation device, which is expected to be introduced on a limited basis in 2014. The device , which administers the drug propofol, can be monitored by a non-anesthesia professional during colonoscopies, among other procedures. It’s been estimated that eliminating anesthesiologist services could cut costs by over $1 billion a year.

4. Relaxin for Acute Heart Failure

More than 55,000 people die of heart failure in the U.S. each year, while over 500,000 new cases are diagnosed. Serelaxin—a synthetic version of a natural human hormone—may be the first breakthrough in two decades in the treatment of this debilitating condition. The drug, a type of vasodilator, helps during episodes of acute heart failure by improving blood flow throughout the body. It may also reduce inflammation, which could otherwise cause damage to the kidneys, liver, and heart.

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5. Fecal Microbiota Transplantation

To this point, treating Clostridium difficile, or C. diff., has focused on one of two antibiotics—vancomycin or metronidazole. But gastroenterologists are now using human stool transplants in patients who do not respond to traditional drug therapy. The process involves the transfer of healthy fecal matter into a sick person’s colon, which restores bacterial balance. Reportedly, some patients who suffered through multiple episodes of C.diff were cured of their symptoms within 24 hours thanks to the bacteriotherapy.

6. Decision Support System for Anesthesia

Most of the 51 million surgical procedures performed annually in hospitals across the U.S. are not possible without anesthesia. In an effort to meet the demands and improve outcomes, a new electronic anesthesia management system has been developed which creates, in real time, a full anesthesia record of events, drugs, and procedures. The system is meant to help ensure anesthesia best practices are followed, in turn reducing the risk of serious errors.

7. New Era in Hepatitis C Treatment

Though treatment for hepatitis C has greatly improved since the 1990s, many patients endure regimens that are both lengthy (up to 48 weeks) and require difficult-to-tolerate drugs. A new drug, Sofosbuvir, might be the answer. The drug is the first all-oral treatment for hepatitis C, and it’s in the latter stages of becoming FDA approved. It has been shown to improve treatment response rates to 90% or higher, while producing fewer side effects.

8. Responsive Neurostimulator for Intractable Epilepsy

Roughly 30 percent of Americans with epilepsy are unable to bring their seizures under control with medication or other treatments. And while surgery for epilepsy is possible, it carries risks and is often unhelpful. This year, a new treatment option earned the unanimous support of an FDA neurological device advisory panel. It’s a surgically-implanted neurological device that can considerably reduce the occurrence of epileptic seizures. The device, implanted in the skin, records electrocorticographic (ECog) patterns via electrodes that are placed in the patient’s brain. When it detects an oncoming seizure, short electrical pulses are delivered which can stop the impending seizure.

9. Genomic-Based Tests For Cancerous Tumors

Aggressive treatments for cancerous tumors are often pursued (by both doctors and patients) even when they are not required, using a “just in case” approach. But now, genomic-based tests can help avoid unnecessary (and unpleasant) treatments like chemotherapy and radiation when they are not warranted. Several genomic-based tests are now available that can analyze the genes in a patient’s tumor and predict the aggressiveness of the cancer, making treatment decisions easier.

10. Bionic Eyes For Severe Eye Disease

Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) is a group of inherited eye diseases that affects more than 100,000 Americans and often results in legal blindness by the age of 40. Backed by two decades of development and testing, and more than $200 million in funding, there may now be a treatment for RP. It’s a new FDA-approved technology that consists of a surgically-implanted 60-electrode retinal prosthesis which decodes wireless transmissions from a pair of glasses equipped with a video camera. A video processing unit must also be worn or carried. The retinal implant, or “bionic eyes,” don’t completely restore vision; however, patients can sense light and dark, movement, and the location of people and objects.