Digital Telehealth Thought Leader
DR. DANIEL KRAFT, Founding Executive Director & Chair, Exponential Medicine, Singularity University
Daniel Kraft is a Stanford and Harvard trained physician-scientist, inventor, entrepreneur, and innovator. With over 25 years of experience in clinical practice, biomedical research and healthcare innovation.
Kraft has served as Faculty Chair for Medicine & Neuroscience at Singularity University since SU's inception, and founded and is chair of Exponential Medicine, a program that explores convergent, rapidly developing technologies and their potential in biomedicine and healthcare.
- Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry, Brown University
- Medical Doctor, Stanford University School of Medicine
- Residency: Harvard Combined Residency in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
- Fellowships: Stanford, Hematology/Oncology & Bone Marrow Transplantation
As a cancer doctor, I'm looking forward to being out of a job.
In the future we might not prescribe drugs all the time - we might prescribe apps.
We're moving to this integration of biomedicine, information technology, wireless and mobile now - an era of digital medicine. Even my stethoscope is now digital. And of course, there's an app for that.
Post Covid Look For Telehealth
I'm sort of thinking of the post-COVID world where we're now discovering to work more practically and developing mindsets and tool sets to collaborate. It's only 1 PM today and I've had like eight different Zoom, WebEx, and Skype calls.
Let's just take the healthcare spectrum, I believe that will be different. Clearly, I can now, on Skype, Zoom, or FaceTime, do a doctor-patient visit with you and it's not being blocked by HIPAA rules which required certain search platforms in the past.
I think we're not going to go back to this pre-Covid year in regard to how some health care is provided. A lot of folks are not going to the doctor when they must be wondering what's occurred to all the appendectomies, cardiovascular disease, and other things that fill our emergency clinic.
Hopefully, there will be some great pieces that come out of this. I think we're seeing a great deal of cartelization, how science is being done and partnership, and we're serving the science. Which ideally suggests the lessons discovered and the cooperation and interstitials will catalyze other solutions, whether it's for worldwide warming or cancer, and so on.
If there's a silver lining to this, even if a million folks on earth die from the acute phases of COVID-19, a few of the important things that will come out of this will conserve numerous millions more and produce a basis for a much better planet, including the environment, ways we collaborate, get and avoid pandemics nipped in the bud instead of what's taken place in this case.