S3Odeon: Let’s Talk About the Future of Healthcare

Saturday, September the 3rd, the Odeon theatre in Paris hosted the 2nd edition of S3Odéon, a meeting between scientists, health professionals and philosophers to discuss the challenges of tomorrow’s healthcare system.

 

What are the scientific advances that will mark healthcare? What role will technology play? What new diseases will there be? What ethical issues will those innovations raise?

 

This series of lectures, inspired by the TEDx model, invites the actors of the healthcare system to engage with the public on tomorrow’s issues. Changes in the genome, appearance of new technologies or regulatory issues, all these themes have been discussed in order to start building the mentalities that will create change. Putting words on the major problems faced by doctors, researchers and philosophers is the first step in finding solutions and moving in the right direction.

 

3 great acts were played on the stage of the Odeon theatre: tomorrow’s research and diseases, societal issues and technological breakthroughs.

 

“Epidemics are the responsibility of Man,” declared Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, in a message sent from Vietnam, referring to the HIV, Ebola and more recently Zika epidemics. The Nobel Prize for Medicine winner, co-discoverer of the HIV virus in 1983, only sees a collective solution to halt the spread of these viruses.

 

For Pierre Jouannet, the technique of DNA modification, CRISPR-Cas9, recently tested in China on human embryos, is a great opportunity for research. Are we going towards improved human beings? Perfect babies? Probably not, according to P. Jouannet but “we should talk about it because you never know.” Finally should the government prohibit embryo research? No, “the research at this stage of life should be made as at all stages of life.” A true plea for respectful embryo research!

 

Meanwhile, Barizien Nicolas, head of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation of the Foch Hospital, helps his patients approach their disease as a top-level sport: physical training, mental preparation, nutrition program, everything is done to make the patient an actor of his health. And it works! Postoperative hospitalization time is greatly reduced, said Dr. Barizien.

 

Finally, how can we talk about tomorrow’s medicine without mentioning the e-Health sector? Dr. Cécile Monteil, physician and founder of the Eppocrate community, dedicated to this subject, explained that tomorrow’s technology is a technology that connects humans to humans. According to her, the digitalization of the healthcare system will only be meaningful if doctors, patients and engineers work together to bring relevant and effective innovations.

 

These are the just some of the interventions that have marked this 2nd edition of S3Odéon. Obviously, one can also quote the economist Christian Saint-Etienne denouncing a health system that should “have a vision of added value rather than just costs in healthcare,” or the philosopher André Comte-Sponville who recalls that “a doctor is not a God “who can heal everything, bring happiness and stop death.

 

To sum up, it was a very rich day of exploring, questioning and bringing light on what will happen with tomorrow’s healthcare system. Can’t wait for the next edition!

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