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

Long COVID: 8 Ways Digital Health Can Address The Symptoms
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

What We Believe In – The Medical Futurist Mission Statement
It has never been more important to look at the road ahead of us. 2020 has brought unprecedented challenges upon humankind. And at times when the world seems to collapse and all we knew or thought to know changes in an instant, we all need solid ground beneath our feet. We at The Medical Futurist believe this ground is science itself. Indeed, 2020 has been a decisive year in many aspects. What matters to us the most is that it has created a massive gap between those who believe in science and those who don’t. It has also brought science fiction into our living room as the world we saw in movies or read in books ha...
Source: The Medical Futurist - November 12, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Judit Kuszkó Tags: Lifestyle medicine Artificial Intelligence in Medicine Digital Health Research E-Patients Future of Pharma Healthcare Design Healthcare Policy Medical Education AI physician science tmf empowered patients Semmelweis rwanda AM Source Type: blogs

Putting Wear OS By Google To The Test: The TicWatch Pro 2020 Review
Recently, The Medical Futurist himself had a negative experience with Fitbit. Even after being among the first to order the new Fitbit Sense in August, the delivery never happened even after 2 months. Customer support was not very much helpful either. Dr. Meskó has owned around 10 Fitbit trackers since 2009; and doesn’t miss to highlight how the company was the first to integrate in its fitness tracker a smart sleep alarm or the Holy Grail of health tracking. But this recent experience was one of the worst he had; and as a result, Fitbit lost one of their most faithful customers. So to help him find a repla...
Source: The Medical Futurist - November 10, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Prans Tags: Lifestyle medicine E-Patients Health Sensors & Trackers Telemedicine & Smartphones google smartwatch Fitbit google fit fit breathe mobvoi wear OS Source Type: blogs

Cloud Gaming Can Bring Artificial Intelligence To The Doctor ’ s Office
Recently, I attended a virtual oncology congress as a speaker where one of the attending professors asked me about the IT infrastructure in medical practices. Knowing the medical reality, he inquired whether those existing computers and accompanying systems would allow the use of advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence (A.I.). Practically, he wanted to know how I think those hardware should be upgraded to make it ready for A.I. To answer him, I made a seemingly unrelated analogy coming from the video game industry: cloud gaming. This approach, where the cloud handles all the processing power, has gained tr...
Source: The Medical Futurist - November 5, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Prans Tags: Artificial Intelligence in Medicine Biotechnology Digital Health Research Future of Medicine Future of Pharma Healthcare Design Healthcare Policy Medical Education hospital design digital health strategy cloud gaming Source Type: blogs

9 Technologies That Will Shape The Future Of Dentistry
One of the most common childhood fears is going to the dentist. Who would not relate? Sitting in a huge chair illuminated by blinding light; enduring lengthy seated sessions with someone looking and poking inside your mouth using edgy and frightening devices. And finally, when the torture is over, that same someone tells you not to eat your favourite sweets and instructs you to brush your teeth regularly.  We’ve all been through this as a kid and childhood memories stick with us; just recalling this might send a shiver down your spine. No one likes to go to the dentist in spite of the fact that everyone knows ho...
Source: The Medical Futurist - November 3, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: berci.mesko Tags: 3D Printing Artificial Intelligence in Medicine Biotechnology E-Patients Future of Medicine Future of Pharma Genomics Health Sensors & Trackers Medical Education Telemedicine & Smartphones Virtual Reality AI augmented reality dig Source Type: blogs

We Used 3 Devices For Meditation – Here’s What We Found
It’s no secret that the anxiety, fear, and isolation brought about by large-scale crises such as wars and natural disasters have a population-wide psychological toll. Unfortunately, we are living in one such crisis with the COVID-19 pandemic, and its effect on our mental well-being is showing. In Britain, the Office for National Statistics reports that the number of adults with depression has doubled during the pandemic. In the U.S., the prevalence of depression symptoms increased over 3-fold during the pandemic than before it. This data comes from a recent study published in JAMA Network Open. The researchers term t...
Source: The Medical Futurist - October 29, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Prans Tags: E-Patients Health Sensors & Trackers device meditation apps applications headband muse test covid19 BrainLink NeoRhythm Source Type: blogs

Telepsychology During COVID-19: It All Depends On How You Look At It
The global lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic has opened the door to the deepest fears of humanity in this interconnected world: isolation. A worldwide scale of anxiety, loneliness and fear, associated with worrying about the virus, unemployment, social isolation and uncertainty added up to a mental state we may even start to call as “depidemic.” Research shows that about half the population has been or is facing mental health issues since the outbreak. Preserving mental health thus has been an increasing topic over the past months.  We know from the fact that working from home is linked with incr...
Source: The Medical Futurist - October 27, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Judit Kuszkó Tags: Lifestyle medicine Digital Health Research E-Patients Future of Medicine Healthcare Policy Medical Education Telemedicine & Smartphones depression psychology anxiety remote remote care telepsychology Source Type: blogs

7 Things You Can ’ t Expect From A.I. In Healthcare
Welcome back to our two-part series that explores the potential of A.I. in healthcare! The first article was all about what we can expect from the technology in the foreseeable future. We explored 7 of its possibilities that will enhance healthcare as we know it, in a way that parallels science-fiction depictions. With A.I.-based technologies’ ability to elucidate medical conditions in unconventional ways and even forecasting public health crises, it might seem like the technology will replace every facet of healthcare.  However, this is far from being the case. In particular, the human factor is very much...
Source: The Medical Futurist - October 22, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Prans Tags: Artificial Intelligence in Medicine Digital Health Research E-Patients Future of Medicine Future of Pharma Healthcare Design Healthcare Policy Medical Education Personalized Medicine Portable Medical Diagnostics Robotics Science Fict Source Type: blogs

7 Things You Can Expect From A.I. In Healthcare
Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) has for long been the subject of the fertile minds of science-fiction writers and movie directors. HAL 9000, Skynet and JARVIS are some of the many A.I. names sci-fi enthusiasts are familiar with. They streamline administrative tasks, entertain humans and, of course, become overlords threatening human existence.  Now, thanks to technological progress, such A.I. are breaking out of the confines of movies and books and into healthcare. While they aren’t threatening our existence, they are helping in improving the medical field. From forecasting disease outbreaks to helping in...
Source: The Medical Futurist - October 21, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Prans Tags: Artificial Intelligence in Medicine Digital Health Research E-Patients Future of Medicine Healthcare Design Healthcare Policy Medical Education Personalized Medicine Portable Medical Diagnostics Robotics Science Fiction Security & Pr Source Type: blogs

Can Your Smartwatch Send You To The Hospital?
If you are among the millions of smartwatch owners with a cardiac abnormality detection feature, you might very well have tried this feature on yourself. But what would you do if it told you that you have atrial fibrillation (AFib), an irregular heart rhythm disorder that increases stroke risk? If you don’t have a history of cardiovascular ailments, you might, at first, think it’s an issue with the firmware, an incorrect reading or even a faulty device.  But what if the result persists after several tests; and even after other people who used the same watch showed normal results? You would likely consul...
Source: The Medical Futurist - October 20, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Prans Tags: Lifestyle medicine Digital Health Research E-Patients Future of Medicine Future of Pharma Health Sensors & Trackers Healthcare Design Portable Medical Diagnostics Security & Privacy Telemedicine & Smartphones apple fda interview Source Type: blogs

What Can We Expect From 2021: The COVID Perspective
Nearing the end of 2020, we are globally far from seeing the end of the pandemic that ruled (and ruined) 2020. Every day we see hundreds of thousands of new cases of coronavirus infections, with the WHO reporting a record one-day rise, while people have a hard time complying with the strict safety measures again. We are all waiting for this nightmare to stop, but will it ever? How long, ‘till we need to keep masks on and stay away from grandma? After this dystopian 2020, how are we looking at 2021? No one knows for sure. With countries being knee-deep in the second wave, everyone is waiting for the vaccines to put...
Source: The Medical Futurist - October 15, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Judit Kuszkó Tags: Forecast Digital Health Research Future of Medicine Science Fiction fake news vaccination covid covid19 pandemic vaccine hoax flu Oxfam COVAX olympics Source Type: blogs

Longevity Is The Future If We Tackle Digital Health First
Why don’t we deal with longevity at The Medical Futurist? A substantial amount of our followers have asked the question and requested us to cover related topics. I have even received questions about it during events and live Q&As.  After all, at The Medical Futurist we deal with topics about the latest healthcare trends and technologies that parallel science-fiction, and prolonging one’s life is at the core of sci-fi culture. Even Mary Shelley’s iconic Frankenstein, which is often credited as the world’s first science fiction novel, dealt with similar themes by imagining life evolving pa...
Source: The Medical Futurist - October 13, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Prans Tags: Lifestyle medicine Digital Health Research E-Patients Future of Medicine Future of Pharma Genomics Healthcare Design Healthcare Policy Personalized Medicine Science Fiction digital technology patient empowerment ransomware longev Source Type: blogs

The Future Of Pharmacies In 3 Scenarios
The rapid development of medical technology affects every aspect of medicine and healthcare. Even the seemingly most remote and ivory-tower-like institution isn’t impervious to digital health disruption. We are, of course, talking about the pharmacy.  Although these institutions play a crucial role in the healing process, the impression about pharmacists and their drug store is often that they offer a type of commercial/business-like service. The doctor prescribes the appropriate medicine with the appropriate instructions, and the pharmacist provides it in exchange for money. In short, a clear business. However,...
Source: The Medical Futurist - October 8, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: berci.mesko Tags: Digital Health Research E-Patients Future of Medicine Future of Pharma Healthcare Design Telemedicine & Smartphones 3d printing DTC Personalized medicine gc4 pharmacies drug development viatom checkme pro drugs lumify philips Source Type: blogs

The Evolution Of COVID-19 Rapid Tests Paves The Way For At-Home Lab Tests
In January of this year, oblivious of the fact that we were about to engage in a twisted round of real-life Jumanji, we released our annual digital health trends e-book. Among one of our 12 forecasts for 2020 was that at-home blood tests would gain traction and become the new direct-to-consumer DNA testing in terms of adoption and availability. While the pandemic threw everyone off guard and messed up regular forecasts, we might have been onto something with our predicted trend. With the need to limit physical contact and trace COVID-positive individuals rapidly, public health authorities worldwide are finding rapid, po...
Source: The Medical Futurist - October 6, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Prans Tags: Future of Medicine Future of Pharma Healthcare Design Healthcare Policy fda testing outbreak covid19 at-home tests WHO point-of-care POC antibodies virus nasal swab test PCR Abbot Source Type: blogs

Your Privacy In The Digital Health Era: The Medical Futurist ’s Guide
As solutions like remote care are becoming the norm, 3D-printing disrupts the normal supply chain and even the number of life science studies on tools like artificial intelligence (A.I.) skyrocket, it’s become clear that we are not anticipating the digital health era; we are in the digital health era due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  First and foremost, it’s an era defined by a cultural transformation that will upend the traditional structure of healthcare. Clinical-grade sensors are available outside of the ivory towers of medicine; patients demand such tools so that they can become more proactive in mana...
Source: The Medical Futurist - October 1, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Prans Tags: Digital Health Research E-Patients Future of Medicine Future of Pharma Genomics Health Sensors & Trackers Healthcare Design Healthcare Policy Personalized Medicine Security & Privacy Telemedicine & Smartphones amazon device epati Source Type: blogs

The Future of Emergency Medicine: 6 Technologies That Make Patients The Point-of-Care
Car crashes, home injuries, fires, natural disasters: every minute – if not every second – spent without treatment in such cases of medical emergencies and high-risk patients could reduce the chance of survival or proper recovery. In fact, when deprived of oxygen, permanent brain damage begins after only 4 minutes, while death can occur as soon as 4-6 minutes later. In this race against time, digital health technologies that turn patients into the point-of-care could prove to be game-changers for first responders and emergency units.  From driverless cars through medical drones to artificial intelligence (...
Source: The Medical Futurist - September 29, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: berci.mesko Tags: Artificial Intelligence in Medicine Future of Medicine Healthcare Design Healthcare Policy Portable Medical Diagnostics Robotics Telemedicine & Smartphones digital health Health 2.0 Innovation technology emergency emergency medicin Source Type: blogs

A Physician ’s Visual Guide To Artificial Intelligence
Artificial intelligence (A.I.) is on course to usher the real era of The Art of Medicine. By automating administrative tasks and aiding in decision-making, these smart algorithms promise to free up physicians’ valuable time; time that can be dedicated where the human touch is essential in healthcare.  The technology is also attracting investors to fuel growth in the field. In 2019, the global market size for A.I. in healthcare was valued at $3.9 billion. As for 2025, that market size is forecasted to skyrocket to $28 billion. However, this increased interest is also leading to misleading information and hype ...
Source: The Medical Futurist - September 24, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Prans Tags: Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare Future of Medicine Future of Pharma Healthcare Design Healthcare Policy Medical Education Security & Privacy data deep learning machine learning tmfi the medical futurist institute ANI AGI Source Type: blogs

Smartphone Video Otoscope To The Rescue: The HearScope Review
Did you know the smallest bones in your body have a super important function? One which you use constantly? The ossicles are just a few millimetres in size, but they help you hear in every second of the day – even when you’re sleeping! Your hearing outer-, middle- and inner ear is a delicate, special system. Examining it requires special skills and a lengthy training. Creating the opportunity to safely observe some parts of this system by non-medical personnel is empowering. This offers a possibility for long distance consultation and telemedicine as well. Source: pinterest.com Is the future of ENT her...
Source: The Medical Futurist - September 22, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: szandra Tags: Portable Diagnostics Telemedicine & Smartphones device medical device medical technology medical imaging A.I. otoscope hearscope otorhinolaryngology ENT hearables Source Type: blogs

The Most Reliable COVID-19 Online Resources: Your Ultimate Guide
In the era of fake news, mask naysayers and, dare we say, covidiots, relevant news often gets lost under the rubble of conspiracy theories and what not. 2020 already feels like a lucid fever dream as it is and we would be better off being well-informed by trustworthy sources of information. However, even leading authorities are lagging behind in this respect. The WHO only recently stopped releasing its daily PDF COVID reports in favour of an online dashboard. On the other hand, Johns Hopkins put one together in 3 days in January. It took the WHO 8 months since the first outbreak to have its own. The health authority als...
Source: The Medical Futurist - September 17, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Prans Tags: Digital Health Research Healthcare Policy Security & Privacy testing online resources digital technology applications covid covid19 Good Judgement Project WHO sewage data vaccine who dashboard worldometer Johns Hopkins JHU Source Type: blogs

New Study: The State Of A.I.-Based, FDA-approved Medical Devices And Algorithms – An Online Database
Regulatory authorities such as the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Medicine Agency (EMA) are heavily regulating the medical landscape when it comes to artificial intelligence (A.I.)-based solutions. The FDA, in particular, took the lead, having issued a specific framework for A.I.-based algorithms.  However, even this leading authority, like other regulatory bodies, does not provide a comprehensive database of these tools that it has approved. One can expect such information to be readily available, especially for a prominent technology like A.I. But the very authorities regulating the la...
Source: The Medical Futurist - September 15, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Prans Tags: Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare Digital Health Research algorithm cardiology database diabetes ecg fda medical diagnosis nature x-ray oncology ophthalmology emergency medicine A.I. cardiovascular MR CT blood gluco Source Type: blogs

The Top 100 Digital Health Companies: An Infographic
According to some estimates, the global digital health market is expected to exceed $504.4 billion by 2025; that’s a nearly six-fold increase from its $86.4 billion 2018 valuation. The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated both the adoption of and the innovation in digital health and will propel this growth in the coming years. The current situation led to the widespread adoption of telemedicine; people are using digital health apps to stay physically and mentally healthy while indoors; governments are promoting contact tracing apps to limit the virus’ spread. This increased adoption of digital health solutions ...
Source: The Medical Futurist - September 10, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Prans Tags: 3D Printing Artificial Intelligence Augmented Reality Biotechnology Digital Health Research E-Patients Future of Medicine Future of Pharma Genomics Health Sensors & Trackers Healthcare Design Nanotechnology Personalized Medicine Source Type: blogs

How Did We Screw A Pandemic Up So Bad?
We’re still in the thick of things when it comes to the coronavirus pandemic. Countries are bracing themselves for a second wave. Scientists are still racing to find a vaccine. We wrote a whole e-book with resources to help you in the fight against COVID-19 while indoors. And we even had to tackle the conspiracy theories that captured way too many people’s imagination. Thankfully, those conspiracy theories represented the thoughts and actions of an irrational minority. But even the slow and misguided actions of the rational majority further escalated and worsened the crisis. In our tech-aided, always-connect...
Source: The Medical Futurist - September 9, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Prans Tags: Artificial Intelligence Future of Pharma Healthcare Policy Video china leadership Fauci Trump pandemic second wave covid-19 Bolsonaro U.S. vaccine new normal Source Type: blogs

Sewage Data As A Surprising Predictor For COVID-19 Cases
You might not think much of them, but bodily fluids offer a treasure trove of information for medical diagnoses. Indeed, scientists are now looking past the drain and directly into sewage to gather data about COVID-19.  You might not have heard about it, but it turns out it is possible to detect and measure the amount of virus DNA in sewage samples which can predict case number by about 7-10 days in advance. Several countries are already employing this method to predict infection cases; and it is yet another example of an unusual association between a data source and outcomes. Combining the information gathered fro...
Source: The Medical Futurist - September 7, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Prans Tags: Healthcare Design Security & Privacy prediction rna epidemiology gastrointestinal covid sewage data covid-19 cdc wastewater Yale Source Type: blogs

Where Are 3D-Printed Casts?
In 2015, I met Scott Summit, Design Director of 3DSystems. At that time, he was wearing a cast due to ongoing issues with his wrist. He told me it was a cast specific for himself; and one that his physician could open and close in seconds. He even told me he could shower with it, without the need to wrap it in plastic bags. That was, of course, no ordinary cast as it was a 3D-printed cast. However, since that time, I haven’t come across any medical practitioners who offer 3D-printed casts as part of normal care. Nor have I seen people with casts wearing 3D-printed ones. There are companies that do produce these pe...
Source: The Medical Futurist - September 3, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Prans Tags: 3D Printing Future of Medicine future of hospital plaster cast 3d printed Xkelet CastPrint Exovite Source Type: blogs

The Future Of Prosthetics Depends On A.I.
To the 1 million global new amputees yearly (that’s one amputation every 30 second), the loss of a limb means that they have to adapt to a new world. Take India, one of the world’s most populated countries, for example. Only 3% of its buildings are adapted for accessibility, while the country counts more than half a million amputees. As part of this new adaptation process, amputees succumb to further injuries. Experts estimate that amputees fall at about 200 times the rate of healthy individuals; and seek medical attention comparable to the institutionalised elderly. With aging populations, increased inciden...
Source: The Medical Futurist - September 1, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Prans Tags: Artificial Intelligence Cyborgization Robotics prosthetic leg robotics in healthcare Source Type: blogs

What Parents Should Know About Digital Health
A recent report titled “Digital Health Generation” found that more than 70% of young people are using apps, YouTube videos and other digital technologies such as Fitbits to track and manage their health. This includes children as young as eight years old. While it’s encouraging to see the younger generation adopt digital health solutions at such a young age, there are certain aspects of this adoption that they and their parents must take into consideration. “Over recent years there has been a surge of new online apps, blogs and videos specifically targeting young people with messages about person...
Source: The Medical Futurist - August 27, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Prans Tags: Health Sensors & Trackers Healthcare Policy Security & Privacy digital health kids fitness trackers data privacy Source Type: blogs

3 Things Medical Events Could Learn From Video Game Streamers
500 000, 500 000 and 100 000: these are the numbers of attendees to recent live events that lasted for hours, even during the ongoing pandemic. No, these aren’t the statistics for the thousands of beachgoers flocking en masse and risking contracting the virus. Rather, these numbers refer to those who tuned in worldwide to watch video game livestreams of Guy Beahm (Dr Disrespect), Michael Grzesiek (Shroud) and Tyler Blevins (Ninja), respectively. These individuals, known as streamers, gathered those numbers remotely in less than one day for only one livestream event. The numbers don’t end with viewers either ...
Source: The Medical Futurist - August 25, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Prans Tags: Future of Medicine Healthcare Design Medical Education conference technology medical event video games gaming streaming Source Type: blogs

Synchronising Your Mind: The NeoRhythm Review
In the movie The Matrix, the protagonist, Neo, is able to learn decades worth of kung fu techniques without any prior knowledge of martial arts, simply by plugging his brain into a computer. Within minutes, he utters the famous line: “I know kung fu”. It’s just a hunch, but the device under review today, the NeoRhythm headband, feels a bit like it was intended to be a real-world version of what Neo experienced. (Notice how they both have Neo in their names? Again, just a hunch). Wear the NeoRhythm and it will help you achieve more through neurostimulation, claims Omnipemf, the company behind the device...
Source: The Medical Futurist - August 20, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Prans Tags: Health Sensors & Trackers device digital health mindfulness Source Type: blogs

Digital Health Makes Healthcare Globalised
Consider Atlas Biomed, the company behind the at-home microbiome test: it is based in the U.K. Some 1,900 kilometers away in Italy, Dante Labs offers direct-to-consumer whole genome sequencing kits. On the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, in the U. S., is Fitbit, which ships its fitness trackers around the world. Despite being headquartered in different countries and even in different continents, patients now have access to quality digital health services wherever they are (save for some shipping restrictions). This aspect of digital health heralds one of its lesser-explored advantages: it enables healthcare to be ...
Source: The Medical Futurist - August 18, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Prans Tags: Future of Medicine Healthcare Design Healthcare Policy digital health Source Type: blogs

Can We Eliminate Waiting Times From Healthcare Forever?
Wake up early, get ready quickly, travel to the hospital while hoping to get there before others start lining up and wait till the doctor sees you. If you encountered any downtimes along the way to this “hospital journey maze”, you know you’ll be there for more time than planned. But you know the drill as it’s a quasi-global phenomenon and an expected component of the healthcare experience: waiting times. This component is as “pleasant” as it sounds. A survey from Software Advice that involved over 5000 patients found that 97% of respondents were frustrated by wait times at the doctor...
Source: The Medical Futurist - August 13, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Prans Tags: Artificial Intelligence Healthcare Design waiting time Source Type: blogs

The Future Of Food And Eating
I do not have to stress how important a role food and eating play in our lives. Food is at the base in Maslow’s hierarchy of our needs; it is essential for our survival. It shows perfectly the creativity of humankind: food exists in the richest variety of ingredients, forms, shapes, tastes and colors all over the world from the Greenlandic kiviak (dozens of small birds stuffed into a seal fermented under a rock) through the Liquid Pea Sphere of molecular gastronomy to the tagliatelle with hand-cut meat ragout from the world’s best restaurant, Osteria Francescana. The advent of novel digital health tools will ra...
Source: The Medical Futurist - August 11, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: berci.mesko Tags: Future of Food 3d printing genomics Innovation technology GC1 sensors nutrigenomics food sensors Source Type: blogs