The pandemic made sweeping changes across every area of society, from the ways we dine to how we attend movies, concerts, and theatrical events, as well as how we shop. While most of us are happy to get rid of our face masks, many transformations created by Covid-19 are here to stay.

One industry that is notoriously slow to change, the healthcare industry, has been forced by the pandemic to adapt. It’s a time of change in healthcare, and we are taking a look at three medical game-changers of tomorrow.

Dr. Adedayo Akande: Training the Physicians of Tomorrow

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Dr. Adedayo Akande considers himself a game-changer. “Although we are training the next generation of physicians, being younger, I consider myself the next generation of education leaders,” he says.

Dr. Adedayo Akande is the Chairman and President of the Caribbean-based Medical University, the University of Health Sciences Antigua (UHSA). Dr. Akande became Vice-Chairman of UHSA upon the passing of his father, Dr. Yele Akande-the founder of the 40-year-old organization. In 2018, Dr. Akande became the chairman and president of the UHSA. During his tenure as President, UHSA has witnessed many developments, even during the pandemic, including expanding its international programs and venturing into new business areas such as psychedelic therapy and research.

Besides employing innovative technology, Dr. Akande has partnered with innovative companies to benefit their medical students. “Therefore, we have made strides in areas of studying addiction treatment through traditional therapy methods to the use of psilocybin.”

Dr. Akande believes physicians face a significant challenge to manage mental illness with empathy and compassion, and effectively deliver treatment. “Traditionally, this has not been something in the medical education curriculum,” Dr. Akande says. “However, mental health is a vast topic today, and will continue to be. Physicians may face a secondary challenge in using technology in treatment, particularly telemedicine. Although the world is getting somewhat back to normal, technology and telemedicine will continue to develop alongside face-to-face interaction, and physicians need to be prepared. As we have seen through the pandemic, virtual visits differ from being in the same room as individuals. So, in terms of patients, physicians will still need to show efficacy in both these realms.”

Dr. Akande’s work with the physicians of tomorrow has a tremendous impact on the future of medicine. “We are training healthcare professionals that can affect generations from primary care physicians, surgeons, anesthesiologists, etc. These individuals treat sons, daughters, mothers, fathers-all of us.”

Insoo Park: Declaring War on Cancer with Radon Detection

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President Biden announced this year that he is reigniting “Cancer Moonshot,” the project he spearheaded as Vice President during the Obama administration.

Cancer is the number one killer in the world. In 2020, it claimed the lives of 10 million people, and the deadliest type of cancer is lung cancer.

When you ask most people what causes lung cancer, the answer will probably be cigarette smoke. While that answer is correct, it is not the only correct answer; the second leading cause of lung cancer is radon gas.

While lung cancer is a disease with no cure, with stakes that high, the highest protection should be employed wherever, whenever, and however possible. Insoo Park,the founder and CEO of Ecosense, has a solution. Their radon detector, EcoQube, uses advanced technology to prevent exposure to unacceptable radon levels.

What is Radon?

Radon is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas, meaning it is essentially undetectable to humans. To add to this, it is also radioactive, meaning that it causes serious health issues for humans when encountered at elevated levels over continued periods of time.

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), nearly 1 in 15 homes in the US is estimated to have elevated radon levels. Radon can be found in houses in any state, as well as in schools and workplaces.

In ‘A Citizen’s Guide to Radon’, the EPA lists several ways in which radon can enter a home, including:

  • Cracks in solid floors
  • Cracks in walls
  • Construction joints
  • Gaps in suspended floors
  • Gaps around service pipes
  • Cavities inside walls
  • Water supply

Once radon finds a way in, it accumulates to an equilibrium in accordance with indoor/outdoor temperature/pressure conditions. The only way to detect it is with a radon detecting device.

Included on TIME’s list of “The Best Inventions of 2021,” the EcoQube brings together the essential elements for highly effective radon detection. It is fast, providing initial readings in only ten minutes, with highly reliable results in one hour. That means you know within minutes if you are being exposed to dangerous radon levels. With other radon detectors, reliable results can take days to a week to generate.

The EcoQube is also highly accurate, using a pulsed ion chamber with a radon sensitivity detection performance  that is 15 times greater than the minimum standard set by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (AARST). That means you’ll see how the radon levels fluctuate in real-time due to weather or house condition changes, and you can react with the simple mitigation efforts, for example by increasing ventilation or simply opening windows.

Continuous monitoring shows if a home has a radon problem, allowing seasonal data to be compared. EcoQube provides on-going radon detection, gathering data over time that can be accessed through its mobile app and reviewed for unhealthy trends. With a radon detector like EcoQube, keeping your family safe from the dangers of radon is easy, efficient, and affordable.

Dr. Mark Kestner: Hybrid Patient Care 

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Changing Medicine and Care

Leaders are always looking for creative solutions and opportunities to stand out and maintain a competitive edge. Dr. Mark Kestner is one of those leaders, focusing on creating long-term solutions for the future of the healthcare industry,

Mediguru offers a strategic long-term telemedicine solution that strengthens the foundations of virtual care practice. As the Chief Innovation Officer at MediGuru, Dr. Kestner is at the center of this innovative concept for healthcare delivery..

At Mediguru, Dr. Kestner works closely with the internal leaders of the company to bring his innovative ideas to life. He also believes that his team can work on the concept, and his role is to move the group to a better place. According to him, the team can’t apply force to the crazy idea unless a leader in the room supervises and challenges the status quo.

Dr. Kestner has paved the way for revolutionizing solutions that were not present before – or even during – the pandemic. “They did not thoughtfully design most of these solutions for care delivery in a fee-for-service business model,” he says. “We also have either under-funded or ignored areas in dire need of virtual solutions. I saw the ability to redefine virtual care as hybrid care- the blending of in-person care and telemedicine.”

To redefine virtual care, Dr. Kestner has steered Mediguru to map the workflow of the present state from the patient’s perspective, along with the perspective of all members of the health team. His focus is on understanding the process and giving a customized solution. “This is not just physician video visits added to the electronic health record. It focuses on the optimal experience of the patient, physician, and healthcare team,” Dr. Kestner explains.

Mediguru is deeply involved in constantly innovating with customers to change the care-delivery model. Dr. Kestner and his team do not perceive the solution to be only software-based. For them, it promotes a behavioral change solution supported by the software.

“This is not an ‘install and call us if it breaks’ solution. This is hopefully a long-term trusting relationship of making the care-delivery process for everyone on the team better. The behavioral change component takes time and is an iterative process if done correctly,” Dr. Kestner elaborates.

Being an industry veteran, Dr. Kestner efficiently comprehends how evolving and fast-paced the medical world can be. Therefore, he is fully aware of the developments, and understands that the solutions Mediguru provides must continue to stay agile to survive. There must be constant innovation when it comes to the services that cater to every need of the customers. Dr. Kestner has empowered Mediguru to do just that, and the future looks bright for him, Mediguru, and the future of the healthcare industry.

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