Slideshow: Retro-futurist health IT

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  • The “Instrumented suit”
    Retro-futurism offers views of the future as predicted by creative thinkers of the past. Think flying cars, pills as food and underwater cities. What was predicted for the future of healthcare IT? View this slideshow to see retro-futuristic visions of automatic diagnosis, telemedicine and more. Click on images to enlarge.

    The January 17, 1960 edition of the comic strip Our New Age by Athelstan Spilhaus featured some predictions of healthcare technology in the future. The image shown above depicts what Spilhaus calls an “instrumented suit,” which would take a variety of readings simultaneously.

    Image courtesy of Matt Novak, from the Paleofuture blog at Smithsonian.