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13.10.2015, 08:28   Johnson & Johnson

Johnson & Johnson: Healthcare for Generation Z

7 Ways Health Care Could Be Different for Generation Z
October 12th, 2015

This year, for the second time, Sandi Peterson, Johnson & Johnson Group Worldwide Chairman, was named to Fortune’s Most Powerful Women list. At the 2015 The Most Powerful Women summit in Washington D.C., she will take the stage to talk about global risk and opportunity and J&J’s ongoing commitment to advancing health care innovation around the world. Below, just a few ways it could impact the health of the next generation.

    Robots in the operating room - You’ll expect to have a robot in the operating room.

What role will a robot play in the OR of the future? Robotic-assisted surgery is a type of minimally invasive surgery that uses technology to give surgeons greater control, access and accuracy during a procedure, while benefitting patients by minimizing trauma and scarring and enabling accelerated healing...

    Real time stress monitoring -  You could wear a bracelet that gives an instant read on your stress levels.

Just like Millennials, Gen Zers love their devices and apps. But, by 2025, your smart watch may do more than keep you connected, it could help you monitor your stress levels in real-time.   In fact, a number of start-ups are developing wearables like a dedicated wristband that will be able to identify stress by monitoring your heart rate.

These capabilities essentially rely on pattern recognition algorithms (via heart or respiration rate) to determine when you’re becoming overwhelmed.  The devices could then prompt you to engage in mindfulness exercises that could literally remind you to calm down, one breath at a time.

“The jury is still out on how effective these new wearables and apps will be at helping us recognize and manage our stress.  But as capabilities mature, it is quite possible that Generation Z will have technological options for managing and even predicting stress that will not only make life a little easier but could yield measurable health benefits as well,” said Michael Weinberger, Senior Director, Digital Solutions-Product Development, LifeScan, Inc., part of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies.

    Your gut will guide your health - Your gut will be your guide to your health.

Right now your entire body is home to a diverse population of microbes, commonly known as bacteria, mostly working together (surprise!) to keep you healthy. A few years down the line, teasing out what that population is doing could hold important clues to your health...

    Stop Diabetes - Diseases will be intercepted before they take hold.

The future of healthcare will increasingly depend on intercepting a disease before it happens. In other words, stopping diseases like Alzheimer’s, diabetes and cancer before they can take root inside the body.

Disease interception works to tackle the origins of disease, such as genetic predisposition, environmental exposure and phenotypic alterations, according to Benjamin Wiegand, Ph.D., Global Head, Disease Interception Accelerator (DIA), a new, incubator-like group, funded by Janssen Research & Development, LLC, one of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson. The goal of DIA is to identify the root causes of disease and enable the development of interventions that stop the progression to disease often by asking the role of potential triggers.

“Through this novel approach, we aim to predict and pre-empt an individual from progressing to disease – before they get sick,” said Wiegand. It’s the ultimate goal of improving individual and societal health and wellness.

    DNA Helix- DNA mapping will be as common as knowing your blood type.

Everybody understands that human health results from a combination of genetic and environmental factors. In 2003, as a result of decades of research and billions of dollars, the genomic community had an A-HA break through moment when the full human genome was successfully sequenced. Today, DNA sequencing technology enables the sequence of an individual in just a few days at a cost of a few thousand dollars! The future of health care has arrived and it includes patients knowing their genome as part of their standard health record.  This is transformational in healthcare, enabling a myriad of decisions regarding prognosis, disease interception, prevention and management and ultimately leading to the realization of Personalized Medicine, providing a new level of patient care and human wellness...

    Health care start-ups - Healthcare “start-ups” could be the new Silicon Valley.

Similar to how breakthroughs in computer power, miniaturization of electronics and expansion to near ubiquity of the Internet have spurned innovative and transformational “start-ups” in the tech industry, the healthcare industry is undergoing a similar revolution. Of particular interest is Digital Healthcare and leveraging social media to engage patients and provide better care. Much as the tech industry was transformed by agile and innovative start-ups, along the frontiers of Digital Health and Wellness will see similar action with many start-ups rapidly iterating and prototyping new ideas...

    Oncology research has transformed our approach to treating patients - Cancer could be a disease of yesteryear.

That might be wishful thinking, but already today, scientists understand more about cancer than ever before. In fact, there are remarkable breakthroughs taking place to help better understand how cancer takes root and causes a person to become sick.

“In the past two decades, oncology research has transformed our approach to treating patients affected by cancer. Scientists are now able to sequence entire cancer genomes within an individual patient, which has resulted in more precise and effective treatments,” said William N. Hait, M.D., Ph.D., Global Head, Janssen Research & Development, LLC...

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