5 Insights About The Future Of Health Insurance In The Digital Health Age
The global health insurance market has been experiencing a declining growth rate in recent years; from 9% in 2014-2015 to 6-7% in subsequent years. The 2019 Forbes report that pointed this out also attributes this decline partly to the low adoption of digital solutions in this sector. But those very same solutions can transform the market. Already with futuristic technologies like clinical grade personal health sensors, at-home genome sequencing kits and artificial intelligence, healthcare is receiving a much-needed overhaul that democratises access to quality care. The health insurance industry could also ride on those sa...
Source: The Medical Futurist - April 22, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: berci.mesko Tags: 3D Printing Artificial Intelligence in Medicine Health Insurance Health Sensors & Trackers Healthcare Design Healthcare Policy Medical Education Telemedicine & Smartphones amazon bioprinting data patient gc4 Fitbit genome seque Source Type: blogs

What Would The Ideal Hospital Look Like?
If your imagination could run wild, how would you envision the future of hospitals? Hi-tech big machines, physicians analysing data obtained from patients’ devices, LED screens greeting visitors by their names using facial recognition, virtual patient visits, and robots leading operations… Well, experts have pretty much the same idea. Recently we wrote a lot about the future of hospitals. We emphasised the importance of good design both inside and outside the point of care. We imagined that these institutions will become “health centres for patients for preventing diseases, for acute care patients and fo...
Source: The Medical Futurist - April 20, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Judit Kuszkó Tags: Covid-19 Forecast Lifestyle medicine Artificial Intelligence in Medicine Digital Health Research E-Patients Future of Medicine Health Sensors & Trackers Healthcare Design Healthcare Policy Medical Education Personalized Medicine Po Source Type: blogs

Why Pharma Companies Must Stop Saying ‘Digital Transformation’
From education to lunch ordering, from work to dating, talking about “digital” has changed these past months – everything is online. Our entire social network has transformed to such depths that it will be a long time to assess its effects. The operation of entire industries has changed, and, of course, healthcare is no exception. And although we have heard of the digital transformation in medicine for years now, what exactly it covers remains unclear. I have worked with over 30 different pharmaceutical companies over the past 15 years, giving 100+ keynote speeches around the world live and online. Eac...
Source: The Medical Futurist - April 15, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Judit Kuszkó Tags: Artificial Intelligence in Medicine Future of Medicine Future of Pharma Healthcare Design Portable Medical Diagnostics Telemedicine & Smartphones Virtual Reality 3d printing data pharmaceutics A.I. supply chain digital transformati Source Type: blogs

Federated Learning Can Protect Patients ’ Data In Hospitals
In The Matrix, Morpheus offers Neo the choice between two pills in the iconic ‘Blue Pill Or Red Pill’ scene; take the red pill and Neo learns life-changing truths or take the blue pill and Neo maintains his blissful ignorance. We could adapt this choice to healthcare A.I. nowadays. Would you be willing to contribute your personally-identifiable biometric data to a for-profit company that stands to gain millions off your information by developing a “red pill-powered” A.I. in the hopes of improving healthcare?  If not, would you then be willing to let healthcare professionals use an undertr...
Source: The Medical Futurist - April 13, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Pranavsingh Dhunnoo Tags: Artificial Intelligence in Medicine Digital Health Research Future of Medicine Healthcare Design Healthcare Policy Security & Privacy amazon apple data IBM ibm watson matrix Radiology data privacy A.I. NVIDIA patients fed Source Type: blogs

What To Check Before Buying A Smartwatch Or Health Tracker
The market for fitness trackers, and especially smartwatches are on the rise. Despite the delivery difficulties due to the coronavirus, the market kept on growing and the leading players (Apple, Samsung, Huawei and Garmin) have kept their lead, securing a steady 75% of the entire segment. Globally, they posted stable revenue growth of about 20 per cent for the first half of 2020 and were able to keep a solid growth in Q3. Source: Counterpointresearch.com We wrote earlier about how COVID-19 affected our way of doing sports. From quarantine exercises, dance rehearsals to online yoga and even mass events and online mara...
Source: The Medical Futurist - April 8, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Judit Kuszkó Tags: Lifestyle medicine E-Patients Health Sensors & Trackers Personalized Medicine Security & Privacy Telemedicine & Smartphones apple fda smartwatch sports health data Samsung Withings Garmin regulatory approval smart sleep Hua Source Type: blogs

Tech Giants Bet On Health A.I. And Telemedicine
This article on the other hand aims to supplement the e-book with recent news and developments around trends that companies have adopted since we released it. Amazon’s dive into telemedicine In recent weeks, Amazon’s healthcare efforts have seen both ups and downs. The major down being the end of Haven, a partnership it started three years ago along with  Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway and J.P. Morgan Chase. This venture aimed to provide health care services and insurance at a lower cost to those companies’ employees; with the potential to expand to other firms as well. This setba...
Source: The Medical Futurist - April 6, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Pranavsingh Dhunnoo Tags: Covid-19 Artificial Intelligence in Medicine Digital Health Research Future of Medicine Future of Pharma Health Sensors & Trackers Portable Medical Diagnostics Security & Privacy Telemedicine & Smartphones algorithm amazon apple fa Source Type: blogs

5 Tips Against Zoom Fatigue In Telemedicine
It was almost exactly a year ago when we first wrote about the rise of telemedicine amidst COVID-19. Similarly, it was almost a year ago we first brought up the issue of PTSD of medical personnel due to the virus. We did not expect the two to intertwine. At one point over the past twelve months, we all noticed an extreme level of tiredness after a full workday spent in front of a computer. But it wasn’t tiredness: it was fatigue. While tiredness can be easily cured with rest and sleep, fatigue is a whole different issue. It may lead to chronic diseases, burnout and ill mental and physical health, and its cure requ...
Source: The Medical Futurist - April 1, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Judit Kuszkó Tags: Covid-19 Forecast Digital Health Research Future of Medicine Healthcare Policy Medical Education Telemedicine & Smartphones WHO cdc zoom fatigue online learning chronic diseases Bryan Vartabedian APA Edit Katona Source Type: blogs

TOP 10 Dangers Of Digital Health
Thanks to the advent of digital health, the future of medicine is truly exciting. With technological advancements that democratise access to care, better treatments are accessible to people than ever before. Breakthrough research and medical developments have eradicated deadly diseases and turned others into manageable conditions. But the very developments that propel healthcare to the 21st century bring their own share of hazards to the field. From the elimination of privacy through hacked medical devices to bioterrorism, there are signs of alarming trends that few take seriously. Nevertheless, we must generate discussion...
Source: The Medical Futurist - March 30, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: berci.mesko Tags: Artificial Intelligence in Medicine Bioethics Biotechnology Digital Health Research Healthcare Policy Nanotechnology Security & Privacy Telemedicine & Smartphones algorithm ecg google smartwatch wearables GC1 wannacry ransomw Source Type: blogs

Top 10 Hazards Of Technology In Digital Health
Thanks to the advent of digital health, the future of medicine is truly exciting. With technological advancements that democratise access to care, better treatments are accessible to people than ever before. Breakthrough research and medical developments have eradicated deadly diseases and turned others into manageable conditions. But the very developments that propel healthcare to the 21st century bring their own share of hazards to the field. From the elimination of privacy through hacked medical devices to bioterrorism, there are signs of alarming trends that few take seriously. Nevertheless, we must generate discussion...
Source: The Medical Futurist - March 30, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: berci.mesko Tags: Artificial Intelligence in Medicine Bioethics Biotechnology Digital Health Research Healthcare Policy Nanotechnology Security & Privacy Telemedicine & Smartphones algorithm ecg google smartwatch wearables GC1 wannacry ransomw Source Type: blogs

The 5 Levels Of Automation In Medicine
“Good morning! How may I help you today?” asks the virtual assistant as you boot your telemedicine app. After experiencing a sore throat and runny nose for a few days, you’ve decided to seek medical attention. You share your symptoms with the assistant who subsequently suggests a cause after scanning its database. “There’s an 83% chance that you are experiencing allergic symptoms,” replies the chatbot. “I will send you your prescription shortly, but if you are not satisfied or still feel unwell, please request for a human physician.” Considering the likelihood of the diagn...
Source: The Medical Futurist - March 23, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Pranavsingh Dhunnoo Tags: Artificial Intelligence in Medicine Digital Health Research Future of Medicine Healthcare Design Healthcare Policy Medical Education ibm watson automation A.I. Andrew Ng A.I. assistant Journal Of Clinical Oncology Behold.ai Source Type: blogs

The Future Of Healthcare Design – Outside The Point Of Care
When talking about the future of healthcare, we also have to talk about the future designs of the institutions providing medical services. However, with digital health technologies that democratise access to care, the point of care will not be limited to healthcare institutions. It will rather be split into two; with hospitals becoming health centres for disease prevention, acute care and surgical needs, while monitoring patients’ vitals will be done closer to patients themselves. We explore these aspects of the future of hospital design in this two-part series. In the first article, we looked at design adjustment...
Source: The Medical Futurist - March 18, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Pranavsingh Dhunnoo Tags: Forecast Lifestyle medicine Digital Health Research E-Patients Future of Medicine Future of Pharma Health Sensors & Trackers Healthcare Design Portable Medical Diagnostics Robotics Security & Privacy Telemedicine & Smartphones ecg Source Type: blogs

The Future Of Hospital Design – Inside The Point Of Care
Interminable waiting lines; long, boring corridors; piles of paperwork; these are processes and scenes we’re used to when turning to healthcare institutions. But they attest to the relics of a workflow from the 20th century; while 21st-century technology can radically improve the system from the inside out. Quite literally. Indeed, in designing the future of hospitals, much will be offloaded to the outside of these institutions by leveraging digital health technologies. Patients could monitor their vitals wherever they are thanks to wearables and share the data to their physicians remotely. But that does not make ...
Source: The Medical Futurist - March 16, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Pranavsingh Dhunnoo Tags: Covid-19 Lifestyle medicine Artificial Intelligence in Medicine E-Patients Future of Medicine Healthcare Design Healthcare Policy emergency hospital design robots technologies point-of-care alarm fatigue McKinsey hospitals Do Source Type: blogs

3D Bioprinting: Eradicating Transplantation Waiting Lists And Testing Drugs On Living Tissues
From time to time, news arises about 3D printed organs. On such occasions, people usually think that a machine can already create readily available, implantable human organs. However, the reality is far from this optimistic image.  Researchers worldwide are working on possible solutions: from a group that printed a miniature kidney, through technological solutions like BioAssemblyBot we wrote about earlier, to entirely new methods that can lead to patient-specific heart tissue printing. The list is long and set in a clinical setting. We checked out where the technology stands today and where it might lead us in h...
Source: The Medical Futurist - March 11, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: berci.mesko Tags: 3D Printing Artificial Intelligence in Medicine Biotechnology Digital Health Research Future of Medicine Future of Pharma Healthcare Design Healthcare Policy bioprinting fda Innovation Personalized medicine rna science fiction Source Type: blogs

Alternate Realities Help Medical Education And Training During COVID-19
With the need to limit physical contact amidst the pandemic, the whole world turned to virtual solutions to reprise their daily activities. Zoom and Slack became the new workplace; and even medical consultations were increasingly conducted online. However, by turning indoors, aspiring healthcare professionals were negatively impacted since hands-on practices and training were limited, if not impossible. In Scotland, dental students had to repeat a whole year due to insufficient clinical exposure. In particular, they could not practise aerosol-generating procedures (AGPs) enough. The latter were limited due to their pote...
Source: The Medical Futurist - March 9, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Pranavsingh Dhunnoo Tags: Covid-19 Artificial Intelligence in Medicine Augmented Reality Biotechnology E-Patients Future of Medicine Future of Pharma Healthcare Design Medical Education Virtual Reality Surgery VitraMed DentSim Simulator orthopedics stud Source Type: blogs

A.I. In Healthcare, 2021: 8 Exciting Insights From The E-Book
Far from being the futuristic promise it once was, artificial intelligence (A.I.) is an unavoidable eventuality in virtually all sectors. Heeding to its potential, governments around the world are collaborating and taking steps to ensure the responsible development and use of A.I. One such recent example is the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI) jointly created by 14 governments and the European Union in 2020. Healthcare will also need to brace itself for this disruptive force. Already, the number of life science studies published around A.I. rose from 1,600 in 2010 to 7,300 in 2020. The technology is ...
Source: The Medical Futurist - March 4, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Pranavsingh Dhunnoo Tags: Artificial Intelligence in Medicine Digital Health Research E-Patients Future of Medicine Future of Pharma Healthcare Design Healthcare Policy Medical Education Robotics Security & Privacy algorithm database fda MRI physician Source Type: blogs

A.I. In Healthcare: 8 Exciting Insights From A New E-Book
Far from being the futuristic promise it once was, artificial intelligence (A.I.) is an unavoidable eventuality in virtually all sectors. Heeding to its potential, governments around the world are collaborating and taking steps to ensure the responsible development and use of A.I. One such recent example is the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI) jointly created by 14 governments and the European Union in 2020. Healthcare will also need to brace itself for this disruptive force. Already, the number of life science studies published around A.I. rose from 1,600 in 2010 to 7,300 in 2020. The technology is ...
Source: The Medical Futurist - March 4, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Pranavsingh Dhunnoo Tags: Artificial Intelligence in Medicine Digital Health Research E-Patients Future of Medicine Future of Pharma Healthcare Design Healthcare Policy Medical Education Robotics Security & Privacy algorithm database fda MRI physician Source Type: blogs

5 Reasons Why Artificial Intelligence Won ’t Replace Physicians
Artificial intelligence-based solutions are changing healthcare for the better. We saw it coming over the past years, and as COVID-19 has put an extra accent on the use of such tools, that initial wave grew into a tsunami. But would this mean that medical professionals are not needed anymore? Of course not. Here are five fundamental reasons why A.I. won’t replace doctors – and it never will. The medical community should not fall for the fear-mongering around A.I. Despite the wide-scale automatisation and digitalisation, humans will always be needed for specific tasks and, according to a new study, the use...
Source: The Medical Futurist - March 2, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: berci.mesko Tags: Covid-19 Artificial Intelligence in Medicine Digital Health Research E-Patients Future of Medicine Healthcare Design Healthcare Policy Medical Education AI algorithm brain diagnosis doctor physician Radiology technology tel Source Type: blogs

This Is How We Can End COVID In 6 Steps
There is frankly one question today on everybody’s mind: when will all this end? And although deep inside we all know this won’t really be over till it’s… over, we strive for a definite answer. Say, in June. The sad news is, the pandemic will be with us until we finally take individual responsibility. Instead of trying to avoid the jab, we should get ourselves vaccinated as soon as possible. Why? I’ll tell you in six simple, self-explanatory logical steps. 1. COVID-19 will end when the coronavirus becomes endemic A virus becomes endemic when it has a constant presence within a populatio...
Source: The Medical Futurist - February 25, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Judit Kuszkó Tags: Covid-19 Digital Health Research E-Patients Healthcare ethical vaccination coronavirus lockdown vaccine flu hospitals Italy Spanish flu Source Type: blogs

This Is How We Can End COVID In 6 Logical Steps
There is frankly one question today on everybody’s mind: when will all this end? And although deep inside we all know this won’t really be over till it’s… over, we strive for a definite answer. Say, in June. The sad news is, the pandemic will be with us until we finally take individual responsibility. Instead of trying to avoid the jab, we should get ourselves vaccinated as soon as possible. Why? I’ll tell you in six simple, self-explanatory logical steps. 1. COVID-19 will end when the coronavirus becomes endemic A virus becomes endemic when it has a constant presence within a populatio...
Source: The Medical Futurist - February 25, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Judit Kuszkó Tags: Covid-19 Digital Health Research E-Patients Healthcare ethical vaccination coronavirus lockdown vaccine flu hospitals Italy Spanish flu Source Type: blogs

3 Reasons Why National Digital Health Transformations Fail
An armada of digital health technologies is set to bring healthcare to the 21st century. Artificial intelligence can make the alarm fatigue epidemic a thing of the past. Medical-grade, portable diagnostic devices make patients the point-of-care. With such potentials and more, it’s no wonder that some governments are developing national digital health strategies to transform their current systems. A survey from the American Hospital Association suggests that around 85% of hospital executives already factor digital innovation as part of their long-term strategy. Bringing about such a change requires heavy investment...
Source: The Medical Futurist - February 23, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Pranavsingh Dhunnoo Tags: Artificial Intelligence in Medicine Digital Health Research E-Patients Future of Medicine Future of Pharma Healthcare Design Healthcare Policy Portable Medical Diagnostics Security & Privacy technology portable diagnostics cybersecur Source Type: blogs

Generation Q(uarantine): Children Of The Pandemic
COVID-19 has put a spotlight on existing problems that some call the biggest pandemic issue we face today: mental health. “Good mental health is absolutely fundamental to overall health and well-being,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO. And children are particularly affected.  A worldwide scale of anxiety, loneliness and fear that had been there before added up, and investigation found rise in school safeguarding reports, eating disorders and sleeping pill prescriptions. Parents struggle to get help, and, as a social worker in the UK put it “everybody feels anxious at th...
Source: The Medical Futurist - February 18, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Judit Kuszkó Tags: Covid-19 Digital Health Research E-Patients Healthcare Policy Medical Education depression Hospital digital technology children mental health anxiety WHO lockdown child rights Human Rights Watch UNICEF quarantine Generati Source Type: blogs

The Technological Future Of Sexuality And Sexual Health
Long-distance hugs; virtual reality porn stars; technosexuals living with automated dolls; you might have caught such news snippets online, but you’ll have to get used to these with the technological transformation of sex. Indeed, if technology permeates the entire terrain of human relations, why should sex and sexuality be an exception?  Sextech is already a $30 billion-strong industry, but analyses expect it to grow further to $52.7 billion by 2026. Such devices even made their way into the popular Consumer Electronic Show in 2020 and 2021 showing that tech and sex are increasingly getting intermingled. But fa...
Source: The Medical Futurist - February 17, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: berci.mesko Tags: Covid-19 Augmented Reality Bioethics Cyborgization Robotics Virtual Reality ces future science fiction technology sensors sex sexuality porn transhumanism sextech hugshirt kissenger Gatebox Alexa loneliness epidemic Source Type: blogs

5 Ways Digital Health Can Help Athletes Break Records
By winning his 7th Super Bowl on February 7th, 2021, Tom Brady made it to the American football history pantheon for winning the most rings, and also for making the most Super Bowl appearances (10). But at 43, he also broke the record for being the oldest quarterback to lead his team to win a Super Bowl. Skipping fruits and infrared rays-emitting pyjamas aside, Brady must be doing something right to maintain such longevity to his athletic, record-breaking performance. Brady has credited this to the “TB12 Method”, a strict health and wellness regimen he co-created with his longtime trainer Alex Guerrero. His ...
Source: The Medical Futurist - February 16, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Pranavsingh Dhunnoo Tags: Lifestyle medicine Biotechnology Digital Health Research E-Patients Future of Medicine Genomics Health Sensors & Trackers Healthcare Design Personalized Medicine DNA football sleep smartwatch nutrigenomics sleep as android Fi Source Type: blogs

How Seniors Got Lost In The Digital Health Revolution
COVID-19 forced seniors to start looking for technology-based solutions more than ever before. According to reports, they are more connected to the Internet than ever before, as loneliness and isolation forced them to use their devices extensively. A survey in the U.S. found that the overall use of telemedicine services among seniors increased 300% during the pandemic.  Acquiring digital skills became a must, but, due to the lockdowns and worrying for their health, most of them have lost their support network in tech – children, grandchildren and other more computer literate family members. Learning how ...
Source: The Medical Futurist - February 11, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Judit Kuszkó Tags: Covid-19 Digital Health Research E-Patients Future of Medicine Health Sensors & Trackers Portable Medical Diagnostics Robotics Telemedicine & Smartphones ces technology seniors elderly gamification rehabilitation tech giants Source Type: blogs

Digital Health In Plastic Surgery And Cosmetics
On February 9, 2037 at 6:48 a.m. your smart sleep alarm nudges you to wake up. Picking up your phone and activating the front camera, you take your daily selfie. This one is not for social media but rather it’s to have a smart algorithm analyse the picture. It will subsequently determine whether your personalised ointment is effective against those pesky acnes.  After getting a report in seconds, you make your way to the bathroom to freshen up before making breakfast. As you sip your coffee, you get a reminder from your telehealth app that your dental surgery is coming up later this week. It also sends a noti...
Source: The Medical Futurist - February 9, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Pranavsingh Dhunnoo Tags: Artificial Intelligence in Medicine Augmented Reality Digital Health Research Security & Privacy AI Surgery aesthetics facial recognition Mayo Clinic facelift plastic surgery ML Face2Gene Nuralogix SmartTek Kapanu Invisalig Source Type: blogs

Cardiologists ’ Dream Device? – The Withings BPM Core and the Viatom Armfit+ Joint Review
1 in 4 men and 1 in 5 women have hypertension worldwide, the WHO estimates. As for the most common arrhythmia, atrial fibrillation (AFib), it affects some 33.5 million individuals globally; with its prevalence expected to double by 2030. These cardiovascular conditions need regular monitoring so as to prevent severe complications. For instance, hypertension can lead to heart and kidney failure, while AFib can lead to stroke. For long, monitoring these conditions relied on measurements taken from bulky devices available only in medical facilities; a sphygmomanometer (or blood pressure monitor) for hypertension and...
Source: The Medical Futurist - February 4, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Pranavsingh Dhunnoo Tags: E-Patients Health Sensors & Trackers Portable Medical Diagnostics cardiology ecg fda viatom checkme pro Kardia digital stethoscope cardiovascular WHO AFib ihealth Withings KardiaMobile6L Withings BPM Viatom Atomfit VHD Source Type: blogs

Top 6 Crowdsourcing Examples In Digital Health
During your school years, you might have encountered several instances where your teacher laid out a task or asked a question, and asked you and your classmates to come up with an answer or solution. This “method” somewhat exemplifies crowdsourcing, albeit in analogue form. In essence, the term refers to the act of gathering information or input into a task from a large group of people; or simply, “outsourcing work to the crowd” as the Wired editors who coined the term in 2005 described it.  However, one must not confuse crowdsourcing with crowdfunding. The latter involves raising relatively...
Source: The Medical Futurist - February 2, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Pranavsingh Dhunnoo Tags: Covid-19 3D Printing Biotechnology Digital Health Research E-Patients Personalized Medicine Telemedicine & Smartphones aids crowdsourcing fda artificial pancreas 3d printed vaccination covid19 immunity passport gaming Foldi Source Type: blogs

8 Ways Robots Can Enhance Healthcare
Science fiction movies are filled with depictions of medical robots as integral parts of the healthcare system. From Anakin Skywalker’s surgery by autonomous robots to Big Hero 6’s healthcare robot Baymax, these mechanical staffers stayed only within the realm of sci-fi movies and one’s imagination for a long time; but not for much longer. Indeed, as we exemplify in this article, they are steadily making their way into healthcare institutions. The healthcare industry is betting on those potentials as well, with the global medical robot expenditures expected to rise by about 20% by 2025 to reach $24.6 bill...
Source: The Medical Futurist - January 27, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: berci.mesko Tags: Covid-19 Healthcare Design Medical Education Robotics future Hospital Innovation Surgery technology gc4 drones drone delivery robots InTouch Health Veebot Pepper Big Hero 6 UVD Robots Xenex social robots Zipline A Source Type: blogs

When Will COVID-19 Be Over – 2021 Update
2020 has brought previously unseen challenges upon humankind. A virus that, due to globalisation, spread at an unprecedented speed, stormed the entire planet and there is only one thing that can stop it as it is now: a vaccine. And as I wrote in The Medical Futurist vaccine pledge, if you worry about the long-term consequences (which no data indicate for now after having tested the vaccine on tens of thousands of people and vaccinating already millions), you might want to wait out. But then we’ll be in lockdown for years. Over the past year several lockdowns have taken place. We adopted new habits, learned and wor...
Source: The Medical Futurist - January 26, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Pranavsingh Dhunnoo Tags: Covid-19 Forecast Future of Medicine Healthcare Policy Telemedicine & Smartphones ptsd healthcare systems data privacy tracking coronavirus covid19 immunity passport vaccine research lockdown Source Type: blogs

When Will Coronavirus Be Over – 2021 Update
2020 has brought previously unseen challenges upon humankind. A virus that, due to globalisation, spread at an unprecedented speed, stormed the entire planet and there is only one thing that can stop it as it is now: a vaccine. And as I wrote in The Medical Futurist vaccine pledge, if you worry about the long-term consequences (which no data indicate for now after having tested the vaccine on tens of thousands of people and vaccinating already millions), you might want to wait out. But then we’ll be in lockdown for years. Over the past year several lockdowns have taken place. We adopted new habits, learned and wor...
Source: The Medical Futurist - January 26, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Pranavsingh Dhunnoo Tags: Covid-19 Forecast Future of Medicine Healthcare Policy Telemedicine & Smartphones ptsd healthcare systems data privacy tracking coronavirus covid19 immunity passport vaccine research lockdown Source Type: blogs

Will We All Have To Become Biologically Enhanced Superhumans?
Okay, hands up who can tell who’s the most famous biologically enhanced superhuman in the world? True, it’s a quite close call between Captain America and The Incredible Hulk (sorry Spidey, you’re not even close). But is a human-invented superhuman just a thing of a Stan Lee comic, or is it an actual scientific idea from a real laboratory? As a matter of fact, enhancing human capabilities has been on the mind of people for ages, but it came a long way from ancient training methods to exoskeletons. Enhancing our abilities, be it permanently or temporarily is a tempting but risky matter. For will it...
Source: The Medical Futurist - January 21, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Judit Kuszkó Tags: Forecast Artificial Intelligence in Medicine Augmented Reality Bioethics Biotechnology Cyborgization Digital Health Research E-Patients Genomics Health Sensors & Trackers Healthcare Policy Medical Education Robotics Science Ficti Source Type: blogs

How Do They Hack Hospitals? – Cyberthreats In The Digital Health Era
Discussion about cyberthreats is and will increasingly be crucial in the medical field so as to better address and prevent them. This issue is particularly concerning as the world is increasingly turning to digital solutions to access healthcare while we must limit physical visits. However, these discussions should not revolve only around strengthening the IT infrastructure with anti-malwares. This won’t cut it as, in addition to the technological component, there’s very much a social component in hacking into healthcare facilities. Let’s decrypt how this is the case; and consider additional measures t...
Source: The Medical Futurist - January 19, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Pranavsingh Dhunnoo Tags: Covid-19 Healthcare Policy Security & Privacy Hospital data security cybercrime cybersecurity wannacry ransomware data breach hipaa virus NHS cyberattack Acronis Mandiant social hacking Kevin Mitnick Rapid7 social eng Source Type: blogs

How Will We Finally End COVID-19? – The Medical Futurist Pledge On Vaccination
In 2020, we all suffered a blow. No matter where you live or what industry you work in, you got hit by the pandemic. Out of nowhere, our everyday lives have significantly changed. Most of us tried to pull it together and find out how to move forward; and ultimately it turned out that the only reliable answer to this global challenge for all of us is science. For what is clear for me as a doctor, a scientist and as a human being, is that we could only move forward with an efficient vaccine,and if everyone around the globe lets vaccinate themselves. That is when the period of hope can begin Long before the summer, I...
Source: The Medical Futurist - January 14, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Judit Kuszkó Tags: Covid-19 Future of Medicine Healthcare Design Healthcare Policy fda fake news WHO lockdown vaccine Coronavirus Vaccine Tracker The New York Times misonformation EMEA Source Type: blogs

How Will We Finally End COVID-19? – The Pledge
In 2020, we all suffered a blow. No matter where you live or what industry you work in, you got hit by the pandemic. Out of nowhere, our everyday lives have significantly changed. Most of us tried to pull it together and find out how to move forward; and ultimately it turned out that the only reliable answer to this global challenge for all of us is science. For what is clear for me as a doctor, a scientist and as a human being, is that we could only move forward with an efficient vaccine,and if everyone around the globe lets vaccinate themselves. That is when the period of hope can begin Long before the summer, I...
Source: The Medical Futurist - January 14, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Judit Kuszkó Tags: Covid-19 Future of Medicine Healthcare Design Healthcare Policy fda fake news WHO lockdown vaccine Coronavirus Vaccine Tracker The New York Times misonformation EMEA Source Type: blogs

Where To Track COVID-19 Vaccinations
In 2020 – or the year that drew so many parallels to the dystopian sci-fi show Black Mirror that its creators decided to write a comedy instead – we were all in a race. A race to curb the novel coronavirus’ spread and “flatten the curve”; with dismal results. In 2021, we are yet in another race. A race to vaccinate the world. It was the news (or more likely, the miracle) we were eagerly waiting for: to have a functional vaccine against COVID-19 as soon as possible. And in less than a year since the WHO declared the state of pandemic, we have more than one such vaccine. Records were br...
Source: The Medical Futurist - January 12, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Pranavsingh Dhunnoo Tags: Covid-19 Artificial Intelligence in Medicine Biotechnology Digital Health Research Future of Medicine Healthcare Design tracking vaccination 2020 WHO vaccine Oxford 2021 pfizer BioNTech resources Sputnik-V Moderna Astra Source Type: blogs

7 Digital Health Trends We ’ll Keep An Eye On In 2021
Summing up 2020 I was asked many times about the changes COVID-19 have brought about in healthcare. Well, throughout the past year, here at The Medical Futurist we were continuously posting about the technological advancements in the medical field: telemedicine, at-home lab tests, robotics and even doing sports have changed dramatically.  Most of these changes are likely to stay with us even after the pandemic is gone (I mean after we all got vaccinated), and in 2021, some will bear more fruit than ever. Let’s have a look at the 7 most promising trends in healthcare. 1. At-home lab tests Case: It seems ...
Source: The Medical Futurist - January 7, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Judit Kuszkó Tags: Artificial Intelligence in Medicine Digital Health Research E-Patients Future of Medicine Future of Pharma Health Sensors & Trackers Healthcare Design Healthcare Policy Portable Medical Diagnostics Robotics Security & Privacy Telemed Source Type: blogs

9 Take-Aways About Digital Health From 2020
Finally, we can say that the surreal year of 2020 is behind us as we welcome a new year rich in potential for digital health and (hopefully) full of good news! Even though the year that went by was dominated with news regarding the novel coronavirus, there were also other important developments in the digital health world; some of which were also shaped by the pandemic. As such, before diving into what lies ahead of this field in 2021, let’s take a step back and contemplate 9 take-aways about digital health from 2020. These can give us further insights into how those relevant trends will shape up in the near futur...
Source: The Medical Futurist - January 5, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Pranavsingh Dhunnoo Tags: 3D Printing Artificial Intelligence in Medicine Digital Health Research E-Patients Future of Medicine Healthcare Design Healthcare Policy Robotics Security & Privacy Telemedicine & Smartphones AI fda smartwatch wearables fitnes Source Type: blogs

Simple Algorithms vs. A.I. And What They Mean For Medicine
Artificial intelligence (A.I.), machine learning (ML) and algorithms; if you are a regular at The Medical Futurist, you’ve come across these terms more than once whether it’s in our articles, videos or e-books. Indeed, our latest e-book about investment in digital health has a dedicated section about A.I. Even The Medical Futurist Institute’s latest peer-reviewed study was published as a guide for medical professionals about the technology. But it’s not just us with a fascination for the sci-fi-esque technology, the healthcare A.I. market is a booming one, as is life science research around the ...
Source: The Medical Futurist - December 29, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Pranavsingh Dhunnoo Tags: Artificial Intelligence in Medicine AI algorithm data digital health fda study machine learning A.I. Márton Görög data science Center For Molecular Fingerprinting John McCarthy black box Source Type: blogs

Our Favourite Digital Health Articles Of 2020
This article might make you consider taking up chess yourself. Lifestyle Medicine Could Be The Key For Digital Health Adoption Lifestyle medicine is the future! It’s addressing diet, exercise, sleep, social connectivity and stress in a more holistic approach to get to the root causes of the disease. And it’s also a way to patient empowerment. How COVID Catalyzed Healthcare Trends Coronavirus has changed our relationship to healthcare. We all know today that good healthcare systems are crucial – but we know much more than that. Rapid COVID Tests Pave The Way For At-Home Lab Tests To...
Source: The Medical Futurist - December 22, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Judit Kuszkó Tags: Lifestyle medicine Artificial Intelligence in Medicine Digital Health Research E-Patients Future of Medicine Health Sensors & Trackers Portable Medical Diagnostics Telemedicine & Smartphones AI 2020 chess covid at-home tests stre Source Type: blogs

Would You Let A Robot Take Your Blood Sample?
A few years ago we wrote about Veebot when we collected the most exciting tasks robots could do in hospitals. Veebot created a robot that could draw blood – in difficult cases faster and even more effectively than a human. Tests showed that it can correctly identify the most accessible vein with an 83% accuracy. This is about as good as an experienced human phlebotomist. Moreover, with this technology, the blood-drawing process takes only about a minute. Veebot’s video was hugely popular because they wanted to robotise a process known to and disliked by everyone. It turned out that everyone wanted the r...
Source: The Medical Futurist - December 17, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Judit Kuszkó Tags: Future of Medicine Future of Pharma Healthcare Design Healthcare Policy Robotics blood test nurse blood draw nurses robotics in healthcare covid covid19 Veebot Rutgers Source Type: blogs

8 Digital Health Technologies Transforming The Future Of Nurses
Being a nurse is a highly demanding but genuinely fulfilling job with the chance to touch many people’s lives. This hasn’t been highlighted better than during the COVID-19 pandemic. When the whole world is stricken by fear and uncertainty, with many under lockdown 2.0, nurses are actively in the front line assisting patients and physicians. As the nursing profession requires the core of what makes us human – paying attention, being empathetic and caring -, it will never be replaced by technology.  However, technological innovations can relieve nurses of the burden of many monotonous and repetitive ta...
Source: The Medical Futurist - December 15, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Pranavsingh Dhunnoo Tags: Future of Medicine Robotics 3d printing AI artificial intelligence digital health Health 2.0 nurse Personalized medicine technology digital technology nurses Source Type: blogs

Top 10 Online Medical Resources For The Patients Of The Future
There are over 1 billion health-related searches on Google every single day, according to a report. This was about 7% of all searches on the platform before, and no one will be surprised when the 2020 data massively surpasses this number. After all, the internet is likely the first source to turn to with your health-related questions. But which hits are relevant, and which lead to straightforward la la land – even with the best intentions and the best A.I. toolset, the search giant can’t exclude the latter from among the results. And yet, doing so is especially important in the case of medicine and healt...
Source: The Medical Futurist - December 10, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: berci.mesko Tags: Digital Health Research E-Patients Medical Education Medicine social media Webicina webmd gc2 online resources pharmaceutics Topol Mayo Clinic ePatients Medscape Eric Topol Smart Patients Medline Plus National Library of Source Type: blogs

The Beginning Of A Beautiful Friendship – The Withings ScanWatch Review
By now, I’ve been using fitness trackers for over a decade. With such a device strapped around my wrist day and night, I consider it an extension of my body; it’s essentially an organ to me. Since 2009, my go-to brand for such trackers has been Fitbit. I’ve had about 10 Fitbit trackers and always praised how it was the first device to include a smart sleep alarm; or the Holy Grail of health tracking. As such, I was continuously spreading the word and many bought Fitbit products because of that. But recently, I fell out with Fitbit. Excited about their new Fitbit Sense and its new health features such a...
Source: The Medical Futurist - December 8, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Pranavsingh Dhunnoo Tags: E-Patients Health Sensors & Trackers Portable Medical Diagnostics ecg smartwatch health trackers Fitbit heart rate tracking AFib oura fitbit sense ScanWatch Withings GPS pulse oximetry smart sleep alarm Source Type: blogs

Why There ’ s Hope In 2021
ALMOST THEREWe’re finally about to leave this dreadful 2020 behind! This year was stacked with natural and man-made disasters, economic and mental collapse, bleeding healthcare and the untimely and unnecessary deaths of hundreds of thousands. No wonder we are all waiting for the year to end and find some peace of mind that it will all be over soon – and that 2021 will be better. And hope, indeed, is what we have. Because throughout 2020, amazing advances have given hope that rose in science, technology, digital health, leadership and in basic human care and kindness. Anti-racist books topping the lists. More...
Source: The Medical Futurist - December 3, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Judit Kuszkó Tags: Forecast Digital Health Research E-Patients Future of Medicine Future of Pharma Healthcare Design Healthcare Policy science fake news politics 2020 leadership jumanji lockdown vaccine hope 2021 pfizer BioNTech Source Type: blogs

5 Things We Learnt About Investments in Digital Health: New E-book
At The Medical Futurist (TMF), and especially at The Medical Futurist Institute, we don’t usually deal with investment-related news and announcements. We receive many press releases coming from incubators and venture capital firms, each week but we never share them on our channels. Even though we focus on technologies and trends rather than companies of interest to investors, this doesn’t mean that we don’t keep a close eye on all these developments.  We are in close contact with many digital health startup founders, analyse those technologies they work on and we do share news relevant to investor...
Source: The Medical Futurist - December 1, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Pranavsingh Dhunnoo Tags: Forecast 3D Printing Artificial Intelligence in Medicine Biotechnology Digital Health Research E-Patients Future of Medicine Future of Pharma Health Sensors & Trackers Healthcare Design Healthcare Policy Portable Medical Diagnostics Source Type: blogs

Can This Device Hack Your Metabolism? – The Lumen Review
Conclusions However, there is still room for improvement with the Lumen, especially given the steep price point. As mentioned, the food log feature feels missing in the app. Additionally, it integrates step counts from Google Fit; but we would like to see more metrics like sleep quality and detailed workouts integrated as well. This will help better visualise how the meal plans influenced those results as well. The company recently partnered with Garmin to integrate more health data; and we hope that the same will be available soon for Wear OS, Fitbit and Apple Watch users too. The Lumen app also requires an internet...
Source: The Medical Futurist - November 26, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Pranavsingh Dhunnoo Tags: Lifestyle medicine E-Patients Future of Food Future of Medicine Health Sensors & Trackers Telemedicine & Smartphones device diabetes management lumen metabolism carbohydrates Metaflow Source Type: blogs

Winners And Losers Of 2020 In Digital Health
It might not seem like it, but the digital health industry is one with fierce competition. Every year, companies and new technologies come and go in this space at a staggering pace; some bringing revolutionary potentials to the market, while others going down unceremoniously. But it’s not just companies and tech but also related areas like privacy and medical events that are part and parcel to this industry. It might be challenging to keep track of developments along those lines, especially given the Jumanji-like year of 2020 we’ve all experienced. As such, we collected a list of areas relevant to digital he...
Source: The Medical Futurist - November 24, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Pranavsingh Dhunnoo Tags: Lifestyle medicine Artificial Intelligence in Medicine Digital Health Research E-Patients Health Sensors & Trackers Medical Education Personalized Medicine Portable Medical Diagnostics Security & Privacy Telemedicine & Smartphones ecg Source Type: blogs

How COVID-19 Catalysed Digital Health Trends
Coronavirus has shattered our world and changed nearly all aspects of our lives. It has also changed our relationship to healthcare. It is slowly becoming a cliché to say that COVID-19 has catalysed healthcare trends – but nevertheless, it’s true. Everyone in the world has seen what devastating impact healthcare can have on our daily lives and how underfunded healthcare systems depend on the heroic frontline workers, who are holding the walls from falling apart. The windfall of the era of digital health is unquestionable, but it has always been. The hurdle was the adoption of these changes, for they p...
Source: The Medical Futurist - November 19, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Judit Kuszkó Tags: Forecast Lifestyle medicine Artificial Intelligence in Medicine Digital Health Research E-Patients Future of Medicine Future of Pharma Healthcare Design Healthcare Policy Medical Education AI MIT covid19 Source Type: blogs

Our Top 8 Digital Health Solutions Addressing Long COVID
Yes, the COVID-19 pandemic is long. Since the WHO characterised the virus’ spread as a pandemic in March, cases have been climbing; countries are facing a second wave and are entering lockdown 2.0; and many aspects of our current lifestyle will continue through 2021. But this isn’t what we mean by “long COVID.” This newly-minted term refers to patients experiencing long-term sequelae of a COVID infection. It’s not an exact medical term as it is a patient-made one apparently first used by Elisa Perego in a tweet to describe her own experience. Additionally, two patients can have different #l...
Source: The Medical Futurist - November 17, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Pranavsingh Dhunnoo Tags: Artificial Intelligence in Medicine E-Patients Health Sensors & Trackers Healthcare Design Healthcare Policy Portable Medical Diagnostics Telemedicine & Smartphones AI diabetes lumosity wearables sleep tracking Fitbit mental heal Source Type: blogs