Designer Babies: A Dystopian Sidetrack of Gene Editing
A Chinese scientist shocked the scientific community a couple of days ago with the announcement of having modified the very blueprint of life. If his claims are true, he tried to bestow two baby girls the ability to resist possible future infections with HIV. The outrage shows that humanity is not prepared to utilize the power of gene editing on embryos yet. We have no idea about the biological consequences, and we haven’t tackled the necessary legal and ethical issues. Genes to become toys of the “Gods”? Humanity has come a long way since Aldous Huxley pinned down how methods of genetic engineering, bio...
Source: The Medical Futurist - December 15, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Bioethics Future of Medicine Genomics designer babies designer baby Gene gene editing genes Genome genome sequencing Health Healthcare healthcare system Innovation technology Source Type: blogs

Slow Eating For Balanced Weight Management: The HAPIfork Review
In a world where personal care like eating and sleeping takes 46% of a person’s day, it makes sense for companies to invest in food- and bedtime-related technology and market them to the public. In the past, I have monitored my sleep plenty of trackers, sleep sensors and apps, reviewed food content analyzers like Nima’s peanut and gluten sensor. Today, I will take a closer look at a seemingly inconspicuous device – the HAPIfork. Smart cutlery in a HAPI world The HAPIfork was developed by the health- and fitness-focused company HAPILABS Ltd and was actually their first product put on the market in 20...
Source: The Medical Futurist - December 13, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Future of Food Health Sensors & Trackers Patients diet dieting eating Innovation meals review smart home smart kitchen technology utensil weight weight management Source Type: blogs

Top Digital Health Stories of 2018: From Amazon And Google To Gene-Edited Babies
Instead of mind-boggling inventions, 2018 was the year when national governments, as well as healthcare regulators, started to embrace digital health technologies at scale. The year when Google, Amazon, Apple or Microsoft competed head-to-head for the biggest chunks on the healthcare market, and when the buzzword of the year award went to the blockchain. Here’s our guide to the top digital health stories from last year. 2018: Under the spell of cosmos and microcosmos Every year, The Medical Futurist team sits down and collects the top stories of the past 12 months in healthcare. We put the novelties under the microsc...
Source: The Medical Futurist - December 11, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Business Future of Medicine Medical Professionals Patients Policy Makers Researchers Top Lists 2018 AI artificial intelligence artificial pancreas blockchain chatbot CRISPR deep learning diabetes digital health digital he Source Type: blogs

The History of The Future of Medicine – Remote Care
Verne imagined sensitive mirrors connected by wire as devices for telecommunication, a German technologist, Hugo Gernsback went for the “teledactyle” allowing doctors to not only see their patients through a view screen but also touch them from miles away with spindly robot arms. These concepts help us understand the development curve of telemedicine and what we could expect in the future. Verne imagined landing on the Moon Past visionaries have always been very imaginative when it came to pushing the outermost boundaries of humankind even further off the usual. One of the most genius thinkers was French writer...
Source: The Medical Futurist - December 8, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Future of Medicine Medical Professionals Medical Science Fiction Patients Researchers Telemedicine & Smartphones digital health health technology Healthcare history Innovation sci-fi telemedical Source Type: blogs

Alcohol, Smoking, Drugs: Can Digital Solutions Give A Helping Hand To The Addicted?
Alcohol content measuring wristbands, smart lighters, nicotine tracking wearables, stop smoking apps, virtual reality therapies, automated messaging platforms are the newest elements in the arsenal of digital health technologies supporting everyone in the fight against addiction to cigarettes, alcohol or drugs. Addiction and dependency ruins lives Once you become addicted, it sticks with you for a long time, if not for life. It doesn’t matter whether it’s about cigarettes, alcohol, medication, drugs, gambling, sex, etc., any of these substances or phenomena could cause you strong dependency and might impact you...
Source: The Medical Futurist - December 6, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Future of Medicine Future of Pharma Medical Professionals Patients Researchers alcohol cigarette digital health drugs health technology Innovation medication opioid opioid crisis smartphone smartphone apps smoking virtual Source Type: blogs

Health Technologies To Eradicate Insects Transmitting Deadly Diseases
Drones transporting sterilized male mosquitos, cybernetic dragonflies, genetically modified insects with malaria-resisting traits, supersensitive radars or digital maps: the most innovative methods are deployed in the war on the tiniest but most murderous beasts out there: mosquitos, fleas, ticks carrying infectious diseases. Here’s the latest arsenal of digital technologies to eradicate insects and reduce deadly epidemics. Unusual suspects: mosquitos, fleas, and ticks Sharks, bears, tigers, the Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog in association with sharp teeth and claws represent the traditional image of deadly animals. Ho...
Source: The Medical Futurist - December 4, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Biotechnology Future of Medicine Medical Professionals Policy Makers Researchers AI big data CRISRP digital health digital maps disease disease awareness epidemics gene editing Healthcare Innovation insect mosquito prev Source Type: blogs

Inspiring Enough? – The Spire Stone Review
“Discover Calm”, says the Spire Stone’s package on a clear white background. The dream of every mother with three small children or company leader before a financial audit. However, more than just being a mindfulness device, Spire also advertises this wearable as an activity tracker that keeps track of your steps and calories. How do activities and passive meditation come together? I got curious and hastily opened the box to get my hands on the Spire Stone and put it to the test. Here’s my verdict. Mindfulness … with technology? Before diving into the product, let’s start...
Source: The Medical Futurist - November 29, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Health Sensors & Trackers digital health future health app Innovation meditation mental health mindfulness review technology Source Type: blogs

Pharmacogenomics: The Science of Personalizing Drugs Based On DNA
Individuals share about 99.97 percent of their DNA and only the remaining 0.03 percent is responsible for the differences in skin, hair or eye color, height, shoe size or sunspots. Scientists discovered somewhat recently that our bodies also metabolize drugs differently so it would make sense to prescribe medications based on the knowledge hidden in our DNA. In some cases, physicians already do that. Here’s what you need to know about pharmacogenomics and the future of prescription drugs. It’s all in your genes Why do some people eat creamy French cakes all the time, only do sports when they have to run after t...
Source: The Medical Futurist - November 27, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Future of Pharma Genomics Medical Professionals Patients Researchers DNA dna testing drugs genetics Health Healthcare Innovation medication pharmacogenetics pharmacogenomics precision health precision medicine technology Source Type: blogs

How Could We Reconcile Health Technologies and Environmental Sustainability?
The growth of the digital health market entails the appearance of newer and newer fitness trackers, wearables, health sensors – leaving the older models to the sock drawer or worse, the dustbin. What happens to health tech’s waste and what options do people have who don’t want their gadgets to end up in the trash towns of developing countries? More plastic than fish in the oceans soon “If the present trends continue, by 2050 our oceans will have more plastic than fish”, said Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations to mark World Environment Day in June 2018. Not only the ocea...
Source: The Medical Futurist - November 24, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Bioethics Business Healthcare Design Healthcare Policy Policy Makers Researchers digital health digital health tech e-waste electronic environment green health technology Innovation planet recycling sustainability Source Type: blogs

Can Money Buy You Longevity And Health?
Better treatment options, dietary conditions and (perhaps) less stress could make the life of the rich also healthier. However, when it comes to longevity and aging, do they really have better chances? Can the upper 0.1 percent secure their health for long decades or even reverse the process of growing old? Could society somehow also benefit from the quest of the richest for longevity? Are health and longevity on the shopping list? You can have an awful lot of things with money. For a starter, you can buy ice cream or Nutella, which are synonymous to self-love, so the Beatles was only partly right in singing that you can&r...
Source: The Medical Futurist - November 22, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Bioethics Cyborgization Future of Medicine Medical Professionals Patients Policy Makers age aging aging research blood eternal life genetics immortality Innovation life sciences longevity silicon valley stem cell Source Type: blogs

I Got My Whole Genome Sequenced. Here ’s What I Learned.
Dante Labs sent me their Full DNA whole genome sequencing package, and I went through a roller-coaster of feelings: I was excited to know every secret of my cells, but I was afraid to get to know my hereditary cancer risks and worried what I might find. As in my case, (scientific) curiosity usually overrides fear, I jumped into the unknown and I’m eager to share my results here. Whole genome sequencing is available to anyone. So what? The human genome is the blueprint for building a person. When the Human Genome Project was completed in 2006, and the DNA double spiral uncovered its secrets for the very first time, sc...
Source: The Medical Futurist - November 20, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Biotechnology Genomics Medical Professionals Patients Personalized Medicine Policy Makers Dante Labs data DNA future genetic genome sequencing genomic data genomic testing Health health risks health science Healthcare I Source Type: blogs

Medical Professionals Put The Ask Me About Digital Badge Into Action Worldwide
70, 22, 380, 6 – Can you guess what these figures stand for? No, unfortunately, we have no clue about how to win the lottery. These are our magic numbers when it comes to the Ask Me About Digital campaign. 70 medical professionals asked The Medical Futurist team to send out 380 badges and/or pins to 22 countries worldwide in the course of the last 6 months. That’s what we call a boost to the patient-doctor communication! What’s the Ask Me About Digital campaign all about? We cannot believe how time flies. We launched the Ask Me About Digital campaign in June 2018 with the goal to bridge a communication ga...
Source: The Medical Futurist - November 17, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: From Chance to Choice Medical Professionals Policy Makers Ask Me About Digital badge campaign digital health doctor-patient doctor-patient relationship health communication Source Type: blogs

Obama, Prince Harry, Angelina: Celebrities As Health Influencers
Beloved Hollywood celebrities, famous politicians or members of the British royal family: no better advertisement for fitness tracker producers and health tech companies. As models, actors and actresses are highly influential people, their early adoption of digital solutions could also push the masses towards living more healthily with technologies. On the other hand, celebrities are inclined to follow questionable health trends, too, which go against decades of medical evidence. Those examples, everyone should rather reject. Wearables conquered Hollywood, the White House, and the British royal family Celebrities are all a...
Source: The Medical Futurist - November 15, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Social media in Healthcare celebrities digital health digital technologies digital technology famous fitness future health influencer health influencers Hollywood trackers trends wearables wellness Source Type: blogs

Future Trends Help You Choose The Most Fitting Medical Specialty
“I’m a medical student. Which specialty should I choose and what skills will a future doctor need?” “I’m in radiology. Looking at the recent advancements in medical technology, was it a wise choice or should I train myself in something different, too?” These are the questions I most frequently receive after my keynote speeches. While all should be aware of their own physical and intellectual capabilities, here are a few pieces of advice which skills to concentrate on based on the current and future trends in healthcare. The most significant trends in healthcare Artificial intelligence, w...
Source: The Medical Futurist - November 13, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Future of Medicine Medical Education Medical Professionals capabilities crowdsourcing digital digital health digital literacy gamification Healthcare Innovation medical specialties medical specialty patient design skills tech Source Type: blogs

The Future of Our Brains – Health in Black Mirror
Black Mirror, the iconic British anthology series asks what could happen to our identities, memories, social and personal selves, life and death after getting in touch with the digital. What could happen to the most complex and least understood human organ, the brain, being exposed to powerful, dimension-altering perception? We pondered on whether the current state of technology and research could ever take us on the dystopian, blind alley called future in Black Mirror. [SPOILER ALERT: the article contains a detailed description of episodes] Waldo’s predictions of politics On the day after the U.S. election, when ev...
Source: The Medical Futurist - November 10, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Bioethics Cyborgization Future of Medicine Medical Professionals Patients avatar BCI black mirror brain brain-computer interface death digital digital avatar digital health dystopia life memory sci-fi science fiction Source Type: blogs

An Ophthalmologist In Your Kitchen – The EyeQue Insight Review
Easy-to-use, accessible and relatively low-cost solution for a widely experienced problem: these are my favorite digital health innovations. EyeQue Insight lets anyone test their vision at home so people living in rural areas, with special needs or no access to transportation could still make sure they have the necessary sight test from time to time. Here’s our EyeQue Insight review. Have you seen the numbers? What about the letters? Eye problems are global phenomena: the World Health Organisation estimates that approximately 1.3 billion people live with some form of vision impairment. That means on average at least ...
Source: The Medical Futurist - November 8, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Health Sensors & Trackers Medical Professionals Patients eye eye test future home Innovation ophthalmology review technology testing vision Source Type: blogs

How Would A Kid Explain Digital Health In The Future?
Twenty or thirty years from now, how would a kid explain what artificial intelligence is or robots are? What would children sense from virtual reality or what would they think of health sensors? Here’s our imagined interview with an 8-10 years old kid about digital health in the future. Hi Matt. Thanks for accepting our interview invitation! What do you think it means to live a healthy way of life? My mom always tells me that if I eat vegetables, I don’t have to go to the doctor. I don’t see why that would be a problem for me, though, because in the waiting room, I can always play with many toys and games...
Source: The Medical Futurist - November 6, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Future of Medicine Patients AI AR artificial intelligence children digital digital health health sensor Innovation interview kids sci-fi science fiction short story technology VR wearable Source Type: blogs

Where Does Blood Testing Stand Today?
The dream about a drop of blood signaling a wide range of diagnostic results was shattered with Elizabeth Holmes and the Theranos scam. The machination of the company has set back the innovation of blood testing and investment into the field for years. However, there’s always hope. The Medical Futurist looked around where blood testing stands today and what’s the future it is heading towards. Dreaming about a home laboratory Stephen just came home from walking his dog, Barney, an always smiling labrador. The 40-something got off his smart shoes, sat back on the yellow couch that he and her partner, Sara, were f...
Source: The Medical Futurist - November 3, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Biotechnology Business Future of Medicine Medical Professionals Patients Portable Diagnostics Researchers blood blood draw blood test blood testing digital health health market home Innovation laboratory theranos Source Type: blogs

The Future Holds Smart Habitats for People With Special Needs
No matter whether it’s about the problems of aging, vision, hearing, disabilities or other permanent conditions, modern urban environments or residential places often disregard people with special needs. Luckily, technology and smart design might offer solutions on how to make cities more accessible, more inclusive and entirely suited for everyone in the future. Technology could support smart habitats for people’s real needs Grandmas, children, pregnant women, Filipinos, French or American people, tall, small, big, round-faced, blond, black-haired or bold – people differ in all kinds of ways, and we could...
Source: The Medical Futurist - November 1, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Future of Medicine Healthcare Design Medical Professionals Patients Policy Makers Researchers accessible disability health technology inclusive Innovation people with special needs smart city smart design Source Type: blogs

Perfecting The Power to Talk – The Future of Voice And Speaking
Talking, conversing, exchanging words: for more than 10 million people, this seemingly simple act cannot be imagined without assistive technologies, such as voice generating devices, touch screens or text-to-speech apps. What does the digital future bring for them? How could innovations turn around the translation industry or the medical administration process? Here’s a glimpse into the future of voice and speaking. Speaking, identity, voice stereotypes Give me the key! – This simple sentence carries much more information when it’s pronounced. A weary Philippino mother could instruct her little child as s...
Source: The Medical Futurist - October 30, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Cyborgization Future of Medicine Medical Professionals Patients apps assistive technology Health Healthcare Innovation speaking speech speech generating voice voice generating device Source Type: blogs

The Genomic Data Challenges Of The Future
As DNA is the new oil (or bacon?), and its amount continues to increase exponentially, technical, ethical, legal as well as security and privacy challenges arise by the dozens. The Medical Futurist believes now is the time for concerted, community-wide planning for the genomic data challenges of the next decade. The amount of genomic data is soaring – and the challenges growing Imagine genes as sentences and genomes as entire books consisting of tens of thousands of chains of words. Interpreting the whole book for the first time by completing the Human Genome Project took more than 15 years. It’s fascinating ho...
Source: The Medical Futurist - October 27, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Future of Medicine Genomics Healthcare Policy Medical Professionals Patients Policy Makers big data bioethics DNA genetic genetics genome sequencing genomic data population genomics technology Source Type: blogs

The Medical Futurist ’ s Top Videos
Are you interested in the future of medical technologies? Would you rather dive into the future of food or 3D printing? Did you know how widespread digital health solutions are in Rwanda? Do you rather care about cryptocurrencies and the blockchain? Here, The Medical Futurist team listed its favorite videos to help you get around in digital health. Watch out! 1) The Top 10 Most Promising Medical Technologies Digital health technologies are booming and it gets more and more difficult not to lag behind: a new start-up, a mind-blowing research or solution comes out almost every day.  But if we step back and look at the b...
Source: The Medical Futurist - October 25, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Business Medical Professionals Patients Policy Makers Researchers Top Lists 3d printing A.I. artificial intelligence blockchain future futuristic Innovation pharma scifi technology top 10 Video Source Type: blogs

Fighting Against A Small Enemy: The Nima Peanut Sensor Review
Peanut accounts for the majority of severe allergic reactions, and so far there was no possibility to double-check the foods said not to contain the harmful ingredient. That has changed with Nima’s latest innovation, the portable, pocket-sized peanut sensor. I was excited to test the newest tool in the fight against food allergies. Here, you find my verdict about the peanut sensor. Peanuts are deadlier than tornadoes As odd as it sounds, peanuts might be more dangerous than hurricanes. While the allergic reactions to the underground seeds kill every year about 150 people, tornadoes stay in the range of 100-120 &ndash...
Source: The Medical Futurist - October 23, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Future of Food Health Sensors & Trackers Medical Professionals Patients allergy eating food allergy food sensor Innovation meals peanut review technology wellness Source Type: blogs

An Unmatchable Database Of Direct-To-Consumer Genetic Testing Companies
Are you looking for true love? Do you want to know which sport are you born for? Now, these are the questions for which you won’t have an answer from a direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic test, no matter what certain companies promise. However, if you want to inquire your deoxyribonucleic acid about your ancestry, health risks or metabolism, you might find some responses there. In order to help you choose the genetic test most appropriate for your needs, we collected the most credible ones on the current market. Let’s dive into the details! Due to the collapse of the price of genetic testing and the FDA&rsquo...
Source: The Medical Futurist - October 22, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Genomics Medical Professionals Patients companies database direct-to-consumer DTC future Gene genetic test Genetic testing genetics Innovation market nutrigenomics pharmacogenomics technology Source Type: blogs

How Could Genomics Bring Precision Medicine To Healthcare?
By 2025, between 100 million and 2 billion human genomes will have been sequenced, researchers said. What do medical research, companies or governments do with such an incredible amount of data? How could genomics bring DNA-based targeted treatments, personalized drugs, and individualized clinical methods, in other words, precision medicine to healthcare? Does disease categorize people? In the previous centuries, healthcare systems focused mainly on working out generalized solutions for treating ill people in as high numbers as possible. If cough syrup was good for the majority of the coughing masses and only two people ha...
Source: The Medical Futurist - October 20, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Biotechnology Business Genomics Healthcare Policy Medical Professionals Policy Makers Researchers future Gene genes Genetic testing genetics Genome genome sequencing Innovation personal genomics precision medicine predict Source Type: blogs

Brain Sensing Tech Support to Mindfulness – The Muse Review
Do you want to control your brain? The Muse brain sensing headband promises to help you get the most out of your meditation practice by giving you real-time biofeedback about what’s going on in your mind. It’s not some dystopian headset trying to alter your brain. Instead, its makers, the InteraXon team, want to train you to modify it yourself by knowing your brain activity better. Here you find our experience with the headband – even the comparison for the early and latest versions: our big fat Muse review. Measuring brainwave activity? Really? How? For answering that question, we have to introduce you t...
Source: The Medical Futurist - October 18, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Health Sensors & Trackers Medical Professionals Patients Researchers digital health future headband health technology Innovation Medicine meditation mental health mindfulness muse review stress stress release Source Type: blogs

Are You Going To Wake Up From Cryosleep?
More than 300 people let their bodies have cooled down to -200 Celsius and preserved in liquid nitrogen in the hope that someday in the future, science will be able to cheat death and make them wake up from their Sleeping Beauty state. As of today, no one knows whether they will ever have the chance for a second life. Here’s our overview of cryonics, cryosleep, and cryotherapy. Relax, David, open your eyes! That’s the last line from Vanilla Sky, the movie remake about a wealthy playboy in cryosleep waking up after 150 years from his lucid dream (starring Tom Cruise as David). The audience doesn’t know wha...
Source: The Medical Futurist - October 17, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Bioethics Cyborgization Medical Science Fiction Patients Researchers Space Medicine cryogenics cryonics cryosleep cryotherapy death future Innovation life longevity mars NASA scifi space travel Source Type: blogs

National Digital Health Strategies Around the World
As healthcare systems struggle with unsustainability, a shortage of medical professionals, while technological development is soaring, digital health seems to be a viable path toward making healthcare feasible. We looked around the world, which countries have the same idea in mind trying to put it into practice. The following national digital health strategies are the examples we found. Why does every country need a digital health strategy? Three reasons necessitate the urgent introduction of a digital health strategy in every country. (1) First and foremost, healthcare systems are unsustainable. According to OECD projecti...
Source: The Medical Futurist - October 16, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Digital Health Research Future of Medicine Healthcare Policy australia Denmark digital health strategy healthcare system healthcare systems Innovation Israel new zealand rwanda Source Type: blogs

Is Crowdfunding The Grim Future of Health Insurance?
A growing number of people, mostly Americans, is forced to use crowdfunding sites to ask for money to cover medical expenses. While in many cases, the option is a potential source of hope binding people together for a good cause that would otherwise be lost due to financial reasons, the phenomenon also shows the desperate state of a healthcare system where victims of terrible illnesses have to “commodify” themselves on online donation forums. Should it stay that way? Should we fear for a dark future of health insurance in some parts of the world? The patchwork called crowdfunding Kickstarter, GoFundMe, Indiegog...
Source: The Medical Futurist - October 13, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Health Insurance Healthcare Design Social media in Healthcare crowdfunding digital health digital health insurance ethics future health data medical medical expenses Source Type: blogs

The Top Sleep Sensors For Expert Level Tracking
Sleep sensors are accurate tools on the digital health technology market to offer insights into our snooze, and reliable companions to improve bedtime. If you want to go beyond sleep apps, we collected the top sleep sensors out there to make your choice easier. Sleep like a boss The amount of sleep was often a great concern for world leaders. Margaret Thatcher said that she only needed four hours of sleep at night. When Napoleon Bonaparte was asked how many hours of sleep people need, he is said to have replied: “Six for a man, seven for a woman, eight for a fool.” However, research shows enough sleep is vital ...
Source: The Medical Futurist - October 11, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Health Sensors & Trackers Medical Professionals Patients Researchers digital health future health trackers Innovation personalized personalized health sleep sleep sensor sleep tracking technology wearables Source Type: blogs

The Top Sleep Apps To Start Your Bedtime Tracking Journey
Instead of angels, dragons or unicorns, trackers may guard your dreams in the 21st century – which at least gives you a chance to gain more insight into your sleep data and actually improve your bedtime. If you want to become the master of sleep tracking, start with an app. Here, we collected the top sleep apps to choose from! With data for a better bedtime Research shows that humans spend one-third of their lives with sleeping or at least attempting to do so. If you have trouble with the snooze, there have been many traditional and non-traditional, legal and illegal methods to help: sleeping pills, booze, marijuana,...
Source: The Medical Futurist - October 10, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Health Sensors & Trackers Medical Professionals Patients android app apps fitness future iphone Personalized medicine sleep sleep app sleep sensor sleep tracker smartphone technology wearables Source Type: blogs

HOW TO Measure Sleep?
Are you counting sheep, taking sleeping pills or do any other tricks to fall asleep at night? Do you wake up at random intervals? Are you stressed even if you have to think about going to bed? You have to try sleep tracking, the most comfortable and efficient part of the digital health movement. Here, we show you the ins and outs of how to sleep better. How do you know whether you need sleep tracking? Every single one of us needs sleep tracking – as everyone gets some sleep and every now and then has quality or quantity issues. Let us explain that. There is a lot of confusion about rest and the amount of necessary sh...
Source: The Medical Futurist - October 9, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Health Sensors & Trackers Medical Professionals Patients apps fitness future Healthcare Innovation personalized health Personalized medicine sleep sleep app sleep sensor sleep tracker sleep tracking sleeping smartphone te Source Type: blogs

The Top Digital Health Companies In One Ultimate Database
The Medical Futurist team has been working for months to compile a curated list of digital health companies, but we can finally present you our findings in our latest database. We aimed for companies working on artificial intelligence solutions, health sensors and trackers, smartphone apps, genomics, 3D printing, biotechnology, the future of food, and many more. More than 400 companies made it to our list, which all have what it takes to gain ground on the turbulent market of health technologies. If a start-up comes with a truly disruptive technological solution, has a mindset for innovation, presents a viable busine...
Source: The Medical Futurist - October 8, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Business Future of Medicine Policy Makers Researchers company digital health digital health companies health market Healthcare Innovation technology Source Type: blogs

Futuristic, Forward-looking and Fun – The Curiscope Virtuali-tee Review
Futuristic, forward-looking and fun. Whenever these three attributes characterize a technology, we know it’s a jackpot. The Virtuali-tee Human Body T-shirt created by Curiscope has all three qualifiers – and one more. It’s our secret weapon for blowing people’s minds with augmented reality. The T-shirt and the accompanying app shows colorful human organs, animations, and the entire 3D image looks so real that physicians often ask Dr. Meskó if these are really his insides. No, they are not. Read our Virtuali-tee review to understand why. Turning abstract biological concepts into magic The UK-b...
Source: The Medical Futurist - October 4, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Medical Augmented Reality Medical Education Medical Professionals Patients Anatomy AR digital future Health Healthcare MedEd Medicine review STEM Source Type: blogs

HOW TO Support Patient Education Through Technologies?
There’s nothing new about an information-savvy patient. The novelty is the array of digital technologies and internet-based communication tools aiming at appeasing that appetite beyond just asking doctors for advice. How could medical professionals help their patients understand the most possible about diseases, drugs, treatments and alternative care with the help of innovative means? Here’s our overview. Like it or not, patients google symptoms One of the most visible consequences of digital health is the change in the relationship between patients and doctors. The latter are not the exclusive source of medica...
Source: The Medical Futurist - October 2, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Empowered Patients From Chance to Choice Healthcare Design Medical Professionals Social media in Healthcare communication digital digital health doctor-patient doctor-patient relationship future health communication patient educati Source Type: blogs

Wireless and Scanning – The Clarius Portable Ultrasound Review
Can you imagine making an ultrasound scan on your kitchen table? No need for a doctor’s appointment, no waiting time, no travel costs. With the appearance of pocket-sized and user-friendly diagnostic devices, such as the Clarius wireless portable ultrasound, it’s already possible. The Medical Futurist had the chance to test the mind-boggling technology able to revolutionize diagnostics. Here’s our great Clarius review. When everyday heroes meet science fiction turned reality On a partly cloudy September morning, The Medical Futurist team visited an ambulance crew in the Hungarian capital. We brought the e...
Source: The Medical Futurist - September 27, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Medical Professionals Portable Diagnostics Researchers Telemedicine & Smartphones clarius clinical digital innovation future Health Healthcare portable ultrasound review technology Source Type: blogs

Digital Clothing and Biofashion Might Bring New Directions to the Apparel Industry
Fast fashion is not only unsustainable but means an unbearable burden to the planet. The situation is ripe for change. Could lab-grown leather and other novel ways of synthetic garment production, biofashion or digital clothing show the way into an alternative future of the apparel industry? From Burda to the unsustainable downward spiral of fast fashion Haut couture – or rather its street-style version – has never been so accessible for the average, middle-class citizen as today. When our grandmothers in the 1950s wanted to dress according to the latest trend, they bought the Burda Magazine alongside with some...
Source: The Medical Futurist - September 26, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Biotechnology Business Health Sensors & Trackers Patients Researchers artificial leather artificial material biofashion design digital digital clothes digital clothing fast fashion future Healthcare synthetic wearables Source Type: blogs

Digital Health Events Around the World
Digital health events are the most exciting means for sharing the latest technological innovations and scientific results. It’s the terrain for discussing forward-looking ideas with the community of like-minded stakeholders in healthcare. From the Silicon Valley through London to Brisbane, there are a number of high-level gatherings which are almost mandatory for the technology-savvy medical crowd. Thus, we decided to collect the most noteworthy healthcare events so you’ll not miss out on anything! Hopefully, you will attend events shaped by the latest technological advances and by other (social) expectations ...
Source: The Medical Futurist - September 25, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Future of Medicine Medical Professionals Researchers Source Type: blogs

How Autocracies Could Misuse Digital Health Innovations
How long do you think it will take for authoritarian governments, dictatorships or tyrannies until they realize the vast potential in digital health technologies and until they learn how to harness their powers? Twenty years? Ten years? We have to warn you, the era of 24/7 surveillance and intrusion into the innermost secrets of human life is even closer than that. Watch out! Dystopic worst case scenario-alert! Digital technologies are double-edged swords: they promised social change… On 17 December 2010, a Tunisian vegetable vendor set up his cart on the street in Sidi Bouzid to sell goods that he obtained the day ...
Source: The Medical Futurist - September 22, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Bioethics Future of Medicine Security & Privacy AR artificial intelligence big data biotechnology black mirror dystopia genes genetics genomics Health health sensors Healthcare insurance MR Personalized medicine scifi Source Type: blogs

The Future of Making Sense of the World
Hug shirts, smellphones, virtual tastes, bionic eyes and hearing aids doing translations – just a few keywords showing how technology will take human perception to a higher level in the future. Innovative healthcare solutions will go way beyond improving our senses when we experience problems, they will augment our capabilities and open new horizons for humanity. Let’s jump into the pool of details. How humans perceive the sensory cacophony called the world Car. Flower. Smartphone. Leaf. Shadow. Ponytail. Red Sweater. Monitor. Water. Coffee. Beeps. Sidney Bechet tunes. Bicycle. Laugh. Light breeze. Holiday mem...
Source: The Medical Futurist - September 20, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Biotechnology Cyborgization Health Sensors & Trackers Medical Professionals Patients body augmentation future Healthcare hearing human human perception Medicine sense sensing smell taste touch vision Source Type: blogs

The Digital Health Buzzword Radar
Data-driven haircare, blockchain-enabled long island ice tea or artificially intelligent toilet paper: the buzzwords of our time seem to be everywhere, and digital health is no exception. Sometimes it even seems to be the breeding ground of overhyped technologies and overmarketing. Here, we collected the most often used digital health buzzwords and placed them on our buzzword radar. Digital health is ripe for hype As digital health is gaining momentum, more and more companies come forward with their disruptive ideas; or at least with their claims about having built disruptive digital health solutions. For the reason that o...
Source: The Medical Futurist - September 19, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Bioethics Business Future of Medicine Medical Professionals Patients Policy Makers Researchers AI artificial intelligence big data blockchain buzzword deep learning digital health DTC Genetic testing genetics genomics H Source Type: blogs

Tech Giants In Healthcare: New E-Book!
Big tech companies like Amazon, Google-parent Alphabet, Apple, IBM, or Microsoft are taking their move into healthcare and medicine seriously. Our newly published e-book entitled Tech Giants In Healthcare offers a comprehensive overview of their goals, tool-kit, experiences, risks, and potentials on the turbulent healthcare market in the recent years.  Google Genomics, IBM Watson, Apple Healthkit & Co. News outlets are buzzing with healthcare-related steps of technology giants. For example, according to the latest news, the new Apple Watch can screen for heart problems. Recently, Google launched a new service...
Source: The Medical Futurist - September 18, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Business Future of Medicine AI amazon apple artificial intelligence genetics genomics google Health Healthcare IBM ibm watson market microsoft research smartphone technology Source Type: blogs

The Digital Pickwick Club: A Nursing Home of the Future
Social companion robots, chatbots, telemedicine, digital tattoos, gamification – the necessary accessories of a nursing home of the future. Do you shake your head in disagreement thinking that’s science fiction and not the natural habitat of your grandma? Our short story of Dickens’ 21st-century reconstruction, the digital Pickwick Club will convince you otherwise. From Santa Fé to Sapporo: An artist with a robot companion 24 May, 2054. In Santa Fe, New Mexico, the smart alarm tells Amy gently that it’s time for her to get up. It’s somewhere between 5.30 and 6 a.m., wakeup adjusted to ...
Source: The Medical Futurist - September 16, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Medical Professionals Medical Science Fiction Patients AI artificial intelligence chatbot digital elderly elderly care future nursing home robot sci-fi short story smart home smartphone social companion robot technology Source Type: blogs

Can Artificial Food Put an End to Famine?
Synthetic tea? Lab-grown meat? Artificial milk? Nutrients and vitamins in a protein shake? Sci-fi movies like the Matrix, Star Trek or The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy showed us a glimpse of the future of eating disconnected from Mother Earth. As the world population is growing while producing more food through farming strains the resources of the planet, could artificial food ensure appropriate nutrition for everyone on the globe? Our schizophrenic eating habits and environmental stress factors A UN report called State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World published some days ago, provided some dishearteni...
Source: The Medical Futurist - September 13, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Future of Food Medical Professionals Patients artificial food artificial meat cell cell culture clean meat cultured meat diet eating in vitro Innovation meal nutrition technology Source Type: blogs

Health IT Or Digital Health? The Gary-Rule Helps!
When it’s difficult to draw a line between health IT and digital health, the “Gary-rule” as a general rule of thumb could help. It means that any tech-related issue in a healthcare setting that Gary, the IT guy can solve belongs to health IT. On the other hand, problems in the medical-technological universe, which cannot get resolved without the involvement of other stakeholders of healthcare constitute the terrain of digital health, writes Dr. Meskó in his article published in the latest edition of the Journal of Clinical and Translational Research. The Gary-rule It’s hard to draw a definiti...
Source: The Medical Futurist - September 11, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Digital Health Research Policy Makers Researchers digital technology future health IT Healthcare online security wannacry Source Type: blogs

Can We Alleviate Loneliness with Technologies?
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Whatsapp, Skype, Gmail, iMessage, text message, phone call – a billion ways to connect with fellow humans in the digital world. Why is it then that loneliness levels are rising? Can technologies alleviate feeling alone? Samantha, the technological female self to feel better In the brilliant movie, Her, somewhere in the near future Joaquin Phoenix as Theodore, a letter writer going through an emotionally burdensome divorce and spending his time mostly with video games and only occasionally in human company, decides to try the OS1, an operating system with artificial intelligence. He deci...
Source: The Medical Futurist - September 8, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Bioethics AI alienation artificial intelligence chatbot connected digital future loneliness modern social companion social companion robot social media society solitude technology Source Type: blogs

The Body Map Of Digital Health Sensors
Fitbit? Apple Watch? Lumo? Garmin? Pebble? Would you like to track your fitness level, muscle activity, and heart rate to know whether your workout plan is working? Did you have heart problems and would you like to keep track of your ECG or blood pressure? Do you have trouble sleeping and would like to leverage on the power of technology to have the best shuteye possible? Are you looking for the right sensor for your study or clinical trial? The Body Map of Digital Health Sensors, as well as our constantly updated database of wearables and trackers, are here for you! As The Medical Futurist keeps track of the best gadgets ...
Source: The Medical Futurist - September 6, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Rozina Bura Tags: Business Health Sensors & Trackers Medical Professionals Researchers database digital digital health digital health sensors infographic Innovation personalized personalized health technology wearable wearables Source Type: blogs