The Future of Medical Video: DITM Reports From NAB 2008

I had the distinct pleasure of attending the 2008 National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) meeting last week in Las Vegas. As the foremost event for the TV, broadcast, and media industries this is the venue to see and explore the future of all things video and media.

The Floor of the Meeting and a Sea of Humanity- Why I Went

the floor of the nab 2008 meetingBeing probably the only physician in a sea of 105,000 TV and media folks raises the inevitable question- why did I go?

Endoscopic surgery (laparoscopy hysteroscopy arthroscopy etc) all share the common use of video equipment. Since the late 70′s these procedures are performed as remote surgery looking through a thin telescope inserted into a body cavity and observed on a TV monitor.

The progress we make in medical video surgery is a direct trickle down of innovations from the broadcast arena. From the first CCD camera hooked to a laparoscope and suspended from the ceiling via a jerry-rigged boom to the first use of HDTV in the OR – broadcast and TV technology drives innovation in surgical video.

I thrive on researching new technology and then extrapolating new solutions to medical problems using these developments. This meeting provides the raw material for my creative process.

I was honored to accept invitations from several major broadcast, video, computer, and even surgical companies to attend the meeting, walk the floor with them, brainstorm new ways of helping patients with new devices and predict future needs and uses for technology in medicine.

Everybody kept asking me: What was the most important development I saw at the show? What future technology do I predict is poised to transform medicine?

Beyond the entire rooms filled with the latest newschoppers and remote satellite trucks

I was most impressed with the following technologies which have the potential to transform both consumer entertainment and medical devices- I will be posting further about each of these and what I saw (including a series of interviews):

  1. Beyond HDTV- “ultra HD” 4k cameras and displays
  2. 3D video technology in SD and HD
  3. OLED display technology

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