Medical innovations: Where is technology leading us?

As public health and medical research continues to find answers to our individual and social needs, our health care systems are also changing. New technologies in medical research and practice disrupt what is familiar and innovate what is to come. Medical testing and records are being digitized, new techniques are using augmented reality, and there is increased use of artificial intelligence, all of which are impacting how health is maintained, how lives are saved, and how we make some of life’s hardest choices.

As technology evolves, so do our conversations on ethics, care provision, research and more. Led by CBC Vancouver News Host Anita Bathe, our panel of experts discuss the changing landscape of medicine and technology, and how it impacts us all.

Presented in partnership with the UBC Faculty of Applied Science, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Peter A. Allard School of Law.

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Anita Bathe – Host, CBC Vancouver News


Mary Anne Bobinski, JD, LLM – Dean and Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law, Emory University School of Law, and former Dean, Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia

Dr. Philip Edgcumbe, BASc’11, MD’20, PhD’20 – Resident Physician, UBC Faculty of Medicine

Dr. Sarah Hedtrich – Assistant Professor, UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Dr. Anita Ho – Associate Professor, The W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics, School of Population and Public Health, UBC Faculty of Medicine and the University of California San Francisco Bioethics Program; Scientist, Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences (CHÉOS); Regional Director of Ethics (Northern California), Providence St. Joseph Health

Recorded June 23, 2021.

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Recommendations for further reading:


  • Disruptive technology and exponential technology
    • The Singularity is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology by Ray Kurzweil
    • Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think by Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler
    • Future Crimes: Inside the Digital Underground and the Battle for Our Connected World by Marc Goodman
    • Production Machines: The Simple Economics of Artificial Intelligence by Ajay Agrawal, Joshua Gans and Avi Goldfarb
  • Innovative Thinking
    • Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance
    • Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World by Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler
    • The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee
  • Future of Healthcare
    • Healthcare Disrupted by Jeff Elton and Anne O'Riordon
    • The Patient Will See You Now: The Future of Medicine is in Your Hands and Deep Medicine by Eric Topol
    • Better Now: Six Big Ideas to Improve Health Care for All Canadians by Danielle Martin