16 March 2014

Smart DNA Analysis For Medical Checkups

It is no longer enough for a patient to trust a doctor. These days there are so many malpractice lawsuits where the doctor is shown to be negligent during the course of treatment, surgery, or a standard examination. As patients, we need to be conscious of our bodies and about our genetic makeup which is unique to our DNA. And, as such our DNA can tell a lot about us as humans and as individuals. We all have different ageing processes, different levels of stress, different anxieties, different afflictions to treatments, and even the results to diagnosis can be different. Even the environment we live in can have effects on our bodies. Perhaps, we really need to take on a more broader outlook to our medical checkups not just for short term but for long term to plan and understand the many natural virtues and remedies that would be unique to our own bodies. Smart DNA Analysis via machine learning and neural processes is one way of harnessing better assistive medical checkups to provide a more thorough examination of a patient. It is invariably expected that patients will seek second or even multiple opinions from doctors before they can fully know conclusively. Trusting a doctor is a massive aspect to medicine for which doctors are expected to maintain a standard of ethics. But, having an automated analysis process for a second opinion does not harm anyone either. Why not use it to provide patients with a full medical history and even identify cures to infections and diseases that have even yet to be discovered. It is also way to avoid using animal testing for humans. DNA at times is the only answer to understand ourselves. And, doing analysis by way of data mining can help understand a patients metaphorical medical problems either now or in future. Perhaps, even providing an answer to how they live now and what sort of changes they can make in their daily lives to provide preventative measures. This will also help significantly to reduce the cost of publicly provided medical services. Often times patients would like to know more about their health and providing them with a full report may not be fear mongering but more about allowing them to see the bigger picture to take control of their own lives. As long as, such analysis are not used for serpent-like affairs they could prove quite useful to the general public and reduce the number of doctor visits required to analyze medical problems. And, in fact even allow a doctor to seek immediate second opinion if in any doubt of their own medical judgement. There may be requirements for protection of medical records but that can usually be provided from a patient-doctor confidentiality. This is perhaps one form of robotics that can be useful in medical practice. Not for replacement of doctors but for their assistance. Building case histories could even add to the cumulative feedback loop for treatment, audits, and further assessments.