Technology is helping reshape the medical field, giving insight into a person's wellness before problems develop.
Professionals like Dr. Jake Deutsch are using “bio-hacking” to optimize a patient’s health.
Dr. Deutsch takes extensive blood work, develops body scans and he uses other technology like a smart ring, a ring a person wears on their finger, to get a better grasp on potential health issues at his medical clinic Oakwood Precision Medicine.
The doctor specializes in using bio-hacking tools to proactively monitor the health of his male clients.
"A lot of men just neglect themselves. They're not taking care of themselves. They want someone to say, 'Do this. Let's work on this.' You know, work on a plan that is doable," Deutsch said.
Bio-hacking gives a better picture of a person’s health by using technology that’s not normally found at a traditional primary care professional’s office.
The data is then uploaded onto an app developed by the clinic.
The information collected enables the doctor to follow the data and better address a patient’s concerns, sometimes before a patient is even aware of a problem.
"It's a very common thing with our health care system that we get the gun shot wound and then address it as opposed to getting shot in the first place," said fitness expert Noah Neiman.
Neiman is also a patient of Dr. Deutsch’s. He was unaware he had high cholesterol until he began visiting the clinic.
“I’m obviously very healthy, very active, so maybe it’s a hereditary thing, maybe it’s a dietary thing,” Neiman said.
"It is very interesting to see someone in their 30s has an issue with cholesterol and then come up with a treatment plan that works in addition with his overzealous fitness lifestyle,” Deutsch said.
Insurance does not cover treatments done by the clinic, which makes them costly. But some medical professionals think that will soon change.
"I think that longevity, anti-aging, anything that's preventative, should be a part of routine health care. Unfortunately, insurance companies don't always see it that way," Deutsch said.