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Health care hacking through cheap DNA sequencing and sharing of medical history.


  1. Health care is broken, notwithstanding heavy investment from developed countries on medicine and public health initiatives.
  2. That escalated quickly. A pitch to legendary VC's shorter than the dollar amount of the market op!
  3. We are slowly accepting electronic medical records, moving beyond security concerns into a period where speedy internet connections, agile data servers and featherlight tablet supercomputers are ubiquitous. But health care still does many things the old fashioned way: paper, manilla envelopes, beepers!
  4. Assess the patient as quickly and thoroughly as possible. Within 5-10 years we will laugh at our brazen and uninformed diagnostic methods of the 21st century. Broad knowledge of DNA sequences and their related ailments and diseases will not cure all in a day, but gives doctors their most powerful and reliable quantitative diagnostic method ever.
  5. DNA sequencing having just recently become economical means that we're lacking in samples size for the DNA-driven medical diagnostics of the future. It is impossible to overemphasize this: without sufficient DNA sequences and their corresponding medical history, we cannot make meaningful conclusions. People need to be 'OK' with sharing their DNA. We need a public health initiative to raise awareness on the benefits to yourself and others of having your DNA sequenced and sharing it online.
  6. Potential for large scale improvement in patient outcomes here is unparalleled. Also hugely disruptive to medical profession since they're at risk as the perceived value of their expertise erodes when geographical barriers to diagnostics are removed.
  7. Potential for preventative medicine, should one opt-in at birth, or as a young adult, is enormous. DNA-based diets, exercise and pharmacological plans (specific prescriptions for certain genotypes) will be vogue.
  8. I can't wait! -- Derek Braid -- -- @Royal_Arse