A Study to Determine the Evolution of Advances in Medical Technology Expected in the Next 25 Years and Possible Impacts on Coast Guard Operations and Support Programs.
Final rept. Apr 79-May 80,
FUTURES GROUP GLASTONBURY CT
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This report reviews a broad range of potential medical developments which might occur over the next 25 years, identifies those which have particular significance to the Coast Guard, and suggests potential effects on the Coast Guards ability to perform its current and anticipated medical missions. Specific areas are emphasized, including emergency medicine, remote transmission of health data, computer applications, and mobile health units. Within these areas, new technologies were identified as diagnostic, preventive, therapeutic or rehabilitative, supportive, or organizational, and they were further specified as techniques, drugs, equipment, or procedures. Significant advances are anticipated in nonmedical technologies which interface with the delivery of medical care, including remote monitoring and telecommunications teleconsultation and transmission of medical records, advanced medical record-keeping systems which can be used to anticipate problems of personnel both within the Coast Guard and in the population they serve, and improved technologies in the delivery vehicles. Advances in emergency medicine which will stabilize patients and initiate treatment are identified e.g., spray-on burn bandage and artificial blood. Future missions and demand for medical services are forecast specific implications and recommendations are suggested.
- Medicine and Medical Research