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Healthcare-Sciences Cohesive Research Findings

After researching the various technologies disrupting the healthcare and science industry, a video has been made to compile all of the findings of the healthcare-sciences team. The technologies discussed in the final presentation video are IBM Watson, 3D printing, tissue engineering, and genetic modification. Each new piece of technology offers a different way in how people’s lives will be impacted, however all bring about changes to the social system society has set in place. Changes include how long people are now able to live for, an increased ability to detect diseases, reduce risk during organ transplants, and assist those struggling with disease. The video is posted above but please refer here to discover the team’s research findings.

Legal Requirements for Innovation

In theory tissue engineering sounds like a great advancement for the healthcare industry, so what could possibly go wrong you may ask? Well like everything else in healthcare there is always some kind of risk that needs to be addressed.  Tissue engineering will eventually dissolve the need for organ transplants and in the process save millions of people’s lives. Like I stated in my previous two posts, tissue engineering will eliminate the need to wait for a transplant because a new organ will be created in only a short amount of time with that individuals cells. But before we start to sign our lives away in the process let’s look at what could go wrong and the legal issues that occur.

With new innovation comes new laws and regulations that have to be put into play to insure that someone will be held liable if something tragic occurs. In this case, tissue engineering is still new so there has not been many clinical trials to ensure that this procedure is safe and effective. Since tissue engineering is not in full effect in the healthcare industry quite yet the legal issues first have to start out in the trail stage.  In the journal “Liability Versus Innovation,” Keren-Paz, a student at Keele University School of Law in the United Kingdom discusses the legal process that has to be done to ensure that malpractice is not occurring in the clinical trial period. Keren-Paz states that their ultimate goal is to guarantee that both the “innovation is done responsibly” and that the “legal outcome is fair to the patients.” In order for clinicians to hold trials every patient much first be informed about the treatment they are receiving and the risks that could occur. With new innovation happening in healthcare the patient must know that the specific procedure is new and there are still uncertainties. By receiving an informed consent from the patient the clinician can now continue with the treatment. Next, even if the doctor informs the patient about all the risks and benefits of the treatment they can still be held liable for negligence if something goes wrong. Before a doctor can be labeled as negligent a court must first decide if the doctor was actually negligent or if they did everything correct and the procedure itself was negligent. Along with defining the negligent act the courts must also determine if the “unforeseeable risks to the patients are foreseeable benefits to the third party.” Lastly, Keren-Paz poses the question of whether these laws restrict the innovation of regenerative medicine.

Tissue engineering will one day save millions of people’s lives and the hope is one day people will not have to die waiting for a transplant. Since this innovation is still new it has to be tested and in the clinical trials meet the legal requirements above. Once that is done and the treatment is on the market, humans will then be able to live longer and healthier lives.


How Will Tissue Engineering Affect Our Future?

In my previous vlog post I discussed what exactly tissue engineering was and to recap it is the recreation of organs through cultured tissue. This new technology in the health care industry is a huge advancement and will eventually save millions of people’s lives. This post is going to discuss an overview of the social implications of tissue engineering.
Let’s say that we eventually bring tissue engineering into a part of everyday medical practices, this will then result in an aging society. But is a society that could potentially “live forever” harming the natural flow of the Earth? Or are the practices of tissue engineering going to become extremely expensive which would result in only a small percent of people receiving the gift of endless life. Now think of it one of your parents suffers a major heart attack and are put on life support until they are next in line for a heart transplant. Organ transplants have long lists of names that make the waiting process seem to take forever. You wait and wait for a call saying that someone died and they are organ donors with no trauma to their heart. With tissue engineering this scenario becomes extinct because now doctors can recreate organs with our own tissue cells in a Petri-dish and then use these organs to replace our existing ones. No more waiting for an organ transplant like I stated in my previous vlog.
In the article Legal, Ethical Limits to Bioengineering Debated that was posted in the Harvard News Law school dean Kagan states that “biotechnology raises hopes for dramatic improvements but, on the other hand biotechnology raises fears of a Brave New World.” What would life be like in this “new world?” One question that comes up is if biotechnology is going to be used only to cure people that are suffering from illness or to actually “enhance people.” She states that “there is a fine line between the two.” As of now tissue engineering’s goal is to eliminate the need for a random organ donors and instead to be able to create organs from that persons own tissue. But what if one day people start to use tissue engineering for their own personal benefit for example how plastic surgery is used today than society is going to in for a wild ride. These new enhancements will allow people to ultimately live forever, and with forever creates the first of many social implications.

Tissue Engineering

Tissue Engineering has become a major disruption in the health care industry and the hope is that one day we will no longer need organ donors. Tissue engineering is a form of regenerative medicine which combines “scaffolds, cells, and biologically active molecules into functional tissues.” The use of tissue engineering in everyday medical practices will ultimately lead to people living longer and healthier lives. This huge advancement will move the healthcare industry away from the need for lab animals, and with the help of 3D printing they will be able to recreate living organs in a petri-dish. Tissue engineering is transforming the way doctors look at the future, with this new disruptive technology anything is possible.  This video explains what tissue engineering is, how it works, a little bit of the history, and lastly how it has become a disruptive technology!

For more information on tissue engineering, below are links of articles I shared in the video!