Precision Medicine will need to get out of the pharma silo that is based on symptoms

Welcome to the digital era of biology (and to this modest blog I started in early 2005).

To cure many diseases, like cancer or cystic fibrosis, we will need to target genes (mutations, for ex.), not organs! I am convinced that the future of replacement medicine (organ transplant) is genomics (the science of the human genome). In 10 years we will be replacing (modifying) genes; not organs!

Anticipating the $100 genome era and the P4™ medicine revolution. P4 Medicine (Predictive, Personalized, Preventive, & Participatory): Catalyzing a Revolution from Reactive to Proactive Medicine.

After low-cost airlines (Ryanair, Easyjet ...) comes "low-cost" participatory medicine. Some of my readers have recently christened this long-lasting, clumsy attempt at e-writing of mine "THE LOW-COSTE INNOVATION BLOG". I am an
early adopter of scientific MOOCs. My name's Catherine Coste. I've earned myself four MIT digital diplomas: 7.00x, 7.28x1, 7.28.x2 and 7QBWx. Instructor of 7.00x: Eric Lander PhD.

Upcoming books: Airpocalypse, a medical thriller (action taking place in Beijing) 2017; Jesus CRISPR Superstar, a sci-fi -- French title: La Passion du CRISPR (2018).

I love Genomics. Would you rather donate your data, or... your vital organs?

Audio files on this blog are Windows files ; if you have a Mac, you might want to use VLC ( to read them.

Concernant les fichiers son ou audio (audio files) sur ce blog : ce sont des fichiers Windows ; pour les lire sur Mac, il faut les ouvrir avec VLC (

InDeskSolutions India Looking For Partnership With Microsoft Health Vault and Hospitals-clinics-patients

Digital Hospital India
IT engineers in India looking for business partnership with Microsoft Health vault services and Indian clinics and Hospitals (and patients)...

Interesting Facebook conversation with Vishal Panchal, an IT engineer in India (works in Ahmedabad, the largest city and former capital of the Indian state of Gujarat, population of 6 million!!)
Vishal says: "We have very good expertise development team for both Web and Mobile platform.
We want to explore our expertise in Healthcare domain, with the help of Microsoft Health vault services; we would love to do strategic business partnership. We are looking to implement MS health vault in Indian hospitals (and clinics) and share data with patients. Let me know how we can move forward, even if someone wants to start with R&D. I'll be attending Hydrabad, 4th International conference in India" 

I won't attend, but I can pass the info along, since you'll be attending this congress, we can arrange for you to meet with specific people there...  In California there's lots of stuff that is being developed and implemented, like Health data tricorders, various Apple digital products, but it remains quite expensive... I wonder if the patient will be central in this process... Probably not all of the patients... but a small elite group, to start with... I think Vishal should seek partnerships in Genomics in Singapore. Things are moving very quickly there, and Genomics is made of 95% probability-statistics (computer and IT) and 5% biology... Biotech advances fuel demand for genomics software (read here).  

"The Genome Institute of Singapore is a unique place for scientific discovery. We believe that a future in biology lies in the fusion of highly comprehensive and massively parallel genomic and computational approaches with cell and medical biology. Therefore, we seek the integration of technology and biology towards answering questions of medical importance." Genome Institute of Singapore. 

Vishal answers: "Sounds good, and Singapore is about 5 hours flight from here... hope something will work out..." 

You might be wondering who I am and what I do. 

1) a digital health zealot, lobbyist and included in Eric Topol MD's network -  the author of "The Creative Destruction of Medicine", a book you might have heard of, and Topol is aslo a cardiologist, chief editor of Medscape genomics. So if you have a partnership request of some kind, let me know and I'll pass the info along, 'cause I love interacting with digital healthcare actors worldwide. 
2) a fiction writer, interested in facts about digital healthcare network in India (and system D economy, low-cost minimally invasive surgery etc). 

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Now, I know Bangladesh is not India, but this fiction is also a lot about India ... and 3D printed medicine (biohackers and others printing pills)... By the way UK researchers say 3D printing could create better pills (read here). Good news for India and Bangladesh! Bad news for "Big Pharma"?

Vishal says: "Let me know if you want to have your book in Mobile domain for iOS". I must say I'm not quite familiar with digital books for iPhones... but I'm familiar with other forms of digital self-publishing ( "1.0" edition is a broken system anyway... So I guess digital publishing wins (for tablets and smartphones and e-readers and eBooks)...

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