The Monday Memo
August 13, 2012 PITT DPT STUDENTS
Outside the Box
After spending a few days reflecting on the (now completed) summer semester, it occurred to me that most of what is embedded in the curriculum of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the University of Pittsburgh is evidence-based and current. However, there must be even MORE information that leads even FURTHER outside-the-box thinking. Searching for such frontier thought, I found myself once again at TED.com. Here are two outside-the-box presentations that are applicable to physical therapy- each utilize an invention by Alexander Graham Bell, the telephone.
Max Little: A test for Parkinson’s with a phone call
Parkinson’s disease affects 6.3 million people worldwide, causing weakness and tremors, but there’s no objective way to detect it early on. Yet. Applied mathematician and TED Fellow Max Little is testing a simple, cheap tool that in trials is able to detect Parkinson’s with 99 percent accuracy — in a 30-second phone call.
Eric Dishman: Take health care off the mainframe
At TEDMED, Eric Dishman makes a bold argument: The US health care system is like computing circa 1959, tethered to big, unwieldy central systems: hospitals, doctors, nursing homes. As our aging population booms, it’s imperative, he says, to create personal, networked, home-based health care for all.