Artificial Intelligence Could Solve Alarm Fatigue in Hospitals
Have you heard of the story of The Boy Who Cried Wolf? It goes something like this: once upon a time, there was a shepherd boy who would cry for help for an impending wolf attack. This was naturally taken seriously by the village’s shepherds who would go on to protect their herd. However, it turns out that the fun-loving boy was just teasing the villagers and there was no wolf in sight. But the problem was, he would do this repeatedly until no one would take him seriously, even on the day when he saw an actual wolf and no one heeded his call for help. This analogy aligns very well with what is known as alarm fatig...
Source: The Medical Futurist - February 13, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Prans Tags: Artificial Intelligence Healthcare Design Hospital hospital design Source Type: blogs

One Microbiome, Two Tests: Let ’s compare Atlas and Thryve
Your gut bacteria is like a subtenant. A pretty cool subtenant. As I’m sure you already know, bacteria that live in your gut play an important part in digestion and as a form of paying the rent, they give you vitamins and protection against their harmful peers. Experts are saying that the microbiome acts like an organ itself, and it’s central to the body’s operations. It affects aging, digestion, the immune system, cognitive functions – and, as a study from UCLA found, even mood. So, what is the microbiome? “All the organisms that call us home, that live in us and that interact with eac...
Source: The Medical Futurist - February 11, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: szandra Tags: E-Patients Future of Food Genomics microbiome Personalized medicine research review microbiome test Source Type: blogs

The Smart Sleep Alarm Is The Holy Grail Of Health Tracking
No, I kid you not. There’s no Sir Not-Appearing-in-this-Film nor eloquent monologues about swallows, and not even a reference to hose-riding coconut mimicry. I’ve truly found the Holy Grail of health tracking and will share it with you today. Behold as the answer is… the smart sleep alarm! If you ask anyone I know, they’ll probably share how I reverently praise smart sleep alarms. By the end of this article, you will understand why this is the case. Don’t count sheep, your health depends on it When I was a baby, my parents used to sing me lullabies to lull me off to sleep. As ...
Source: The Medical Futurist - February 6, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Prans Tags: Health Sensors & Trackers sleep digital health sensors sleep sensor digital health technologies smart alarm Source Type: blogs

Digital Health Helps Tackle Indoor Air Pollution
“We are placing a spotlight on the fact that air pollution isn’t just a problem on our streets, but in our homes too. You can’t just close your door and shut out air pollution.” says Chris Large from Global Action Plan after their study found that indoor air is 3.5 times more polluted than the air outside. This 2019 study measured polluting nanoparticles in four British towns and cities in- and outdoors as well. At one point they even found a family living in pollution levels 560 times higher than the pollution level on the street. According to another research, people spend approximately 90 per...
Source: The Medical Futurist - February 4, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: szandra Tags: Future of Medicine Healthcare Design digital health digital technology indoor air quality Source Type: blogs

It Came From Outside – 5 Great Examples of Technologies from Outside of Healthcare
This article will explore 5 of our favourite examples of technologies that were initially alien to healthcare but are becoming integral parts of it. 1. Want to cure diseases? Let’s play a game! If your Mum told you as a child that video games aren’t any good, then now you might want to give her a call to tell her that she was wrong. Case in point: Foldit, an online computer game where players can contribute to better understand proteins and ultimately, help curing diseases. By solving puzzles, anyone, without any prior biochemistry knowledge, can try to fold protein structures as perfectly as possible to ...
Source: The Medical Futurist - January 30, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Prans Tags: 3D Printing Artificial Intelligence Future of Medicine Security & Privacy digital health Source Type: blogs

5 Ways Medical Virtual Reality Is Already Changing Healthcare
Virtual Reality started its fascinating take-over of healthcare for the greatest pleasure of patients and doctors alike. Here are five great examples of medical VR transforming patient lives and how doctors work. Did you know that it is possible to swim with whales in the ocean while lying in a hospital bed? Have you imagined experiencing your 74th birthday as a 20-something? Perhaps follow a risky surgery from your couch? Medical VR is an area with fascinating possibilities. It has not just moved the imagination of science-fiction fans, but also clinical researchers and real-life medical practitioners. Although the field ...
Source: The Medical Futurist - January 29, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: berci.mesko Tags: Medical Education Virtual Reality future Innovation Medicine technology VR GC1 Source Type: blogs

How Digital Health Technology Can Help Manage The Coronavirus Outbreak
“Chinese health authorities say an outbreak of a pneumonia-like illness has sickened 305 people and killed five”…  No, this is not an excerpt from a recent news report about the Wuhan virus, but it is actually one from a CNN piece from 2003 when the SARS outbreak was raging. There are many similarities between the current outbreak to the SARS one from its geolocation to its spread to the viruses themselves.  However, much has changed within the 17 year gap between those two pandemics. For one, technology in the healthcare sector has known an exponential boom. New technologies that were nonex...
Source: The Medical Futurist - January 28, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Prans Tags: Artificial Intelligence Future of Medicine digital health digital technology epidemics global health coronavirus Source Type: blogs

The Dark Side of Health Trackers
Say you’ve received a brand-new Fitbit for Christmas to get you started in tracking your exercise routine and reach your fitness goals. Great! However, there might be more going on behind the scenes of you keeping fit with the help of technology than meets the eye… At The Medical Futurist, we’re great fans of wearables (or health trackers) that help you make more informed decisions when it comes to your health. However, we can’t stay indifferent to the potential risks which using these devices entail such as individual tracking, inaccuracies and even supplementing harmful behaviours. Just lik...
Source: The Medical Futurist - January 23, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Prans Tags: Health Sensors & Trackers digital health fitness wearables healthcare design fitness trackers digital health sensors Source Type: blogs

Top Artificial Intelligence Companies in Healthcare to Keep an Eye On
The field of medical AI is buzzing. More and more companies set the purpose to disrupt healthcare with the help of artificial intelligence. Given how fast these companies come and go, it can prove to be hard to stay up-to-date with the most promising ones. Here, I collected the biggest names currently on the market ranging from start-ups to tech giants to keep an eye on in the future. To further help you keep up with what A.I. brings to medicine, The Medical Futurist team made an easy-to-digest e-book about just that. I highly encourage you to read it and would love to hear about your thoughts! Artificial Intelligence has ...
Source: The Medical Futurist - January 21, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: berci.mesko Tags: Artificial Intelligence Healthcare Design AI digital health genetics Innovation Personalized medicine pharma GC1 big data drug development healthcare companies medical imaging Source Type: blogs

The Top 12 Health Chatbots
Meet Molly, Ginger and Replika – some of your new chatbot friends aiming to make your life better. In the last years, smart algorithm-powered, text or voice-based interfaces have multiplied, and they are also taking their place in healthcare. The Medical Futurist believes they will ease the burden on doctors in primary care and help patients learn to take care of their health responsibly. Do you want to try one? Check out the following health chatbots! The age of talking algorithms is here In 2018, Google stunned the world with the latest feature of the Google Assistant, Duplex, which was able to make an appoint...
Source: The Medical Futurist - January 16, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: berci.mesko Tags: Artificial Intelligence Future of Medicine Healthcare Design AI chatbot digital health Innovation List medical Personalized medicine technology chatbots health chatbot Source Type: blogs

2020 ’ s Digital Health Trends To Look Out For
As we welcome a new year, we’re bound to come across new developments in the field of digital health that will reshape its landscape. At The Medical Futurist, we aim at providing useful directions to key stakeholders and digital health enthusiasts alike regarding those digital health trends that are worthy of your attention.  (Source: The Medical Futurist)
Source: The Medical Futurist - January 14, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Prans Tags: Future of Medicine digital health ebook Healthcare trends 2020 Source Type: blogs

CES 2020: The Wows and the Whys in Health Tech Innovation
The 53rd edition of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is officially underway! With over  4,400 exhibiting companies from industries ranging from gaming to digital health showcasing their latest products and technologies, you might need some assistance to stay afloat in the flood of new announcements. Donning our rescue caps, The Medical Futurist team is coming to your aid! We’ve compiled the most exciting (and questionable) CES news relating to digital health that we’ve found at this year’s show. Let’s take a look! The Wows Every year at CES, companies come up with promising technologie...
Source: The Medical Futurist - January 9, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Prans Tags: Future of Medicine ces digital health Healthcare technology digital technology digital health companies digital health tech Source Type: blogs

Diabetes as the Trojan Horse of Digital Health
Originally, a Trojan horse referred to the wooden horse used to cunningly penetrate and conquer the city of Troy by the Greeks. In our era, the term has been adapted to describe disguised malwares that attack unsuspecting users’ computers and wreak havoc once inside. Judging by the title of this article, how then can a condition as serious as diabetes help move the digital health agenda forward? Computer generated 3D illustration with the Trojan Horse at Troy, source: http://codingtidbit.com/ Once upon a time, empowered patients started a revolution…  It all begins with a crippling speed of bure...
Source: The Medical Futurist - January 7, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Prans Tags: E-Patients Future of Medicine Healthcare Design diabetes digital health diabetes management patient design Source Type: blogs

The Top Digital Health Stories In 2019
This article has been curated to share our favourite stories from 2019, shared as a month-by-month basis so that you can get it all into focus! January Source: www.mashable.com We kickstarted the year by covering one of the most exciting events in tech, the Consumer Electronics Show or CES. From A.I.-powered hearing aids to a blood pressure monitor that can track ECGs and doubles as a digital stethoscope to a speaking toilet, we had our fair share of excitement and… surprise at last year’s event! Speaking of A.I., we also highlighted the AMA’s efforts in helping physicians understand A.I. better...
Source: The Medical Futurist - January 1, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Prans Tags: Future of Medicine digital health Healthcare technology digital health technologies Source Type: blogs

A Digital Stethoscope For Your Kids – The StethoMe Review
Have you ever been confused and uncertain about a basic thing? Like you know you should know it, and it’s definitely a familiar concept, but you’re still not exactly sure? For instance, when you see the word Worcestershire sauce written on the menu. You may hope it’s not in the name of the dish you choose to order. Why would anyone name a dish after that condiment and is there anyone on this planet, apart from a few Brits, who are confident to pronounce it? Right. That’s what your average med student feels when trying to auscultate a patient’s heart and lungs for the first time in their ...
Source: The Medical Futurist - December 19, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: szandra Tags: Health Sensors & Trackers Portable Diagnostics AI artificial intelligence stethoscope review children digital health technologies pulmonology Source Type: blogs

The Top Digital Health Technologies Helping Refugees Around the World
“Refugees are persons who are outside their country of origin for reasons of feared persecution, conflict, generalized violence, or other circumstances which have seriously disturbed public order and, as a result, require international protection,” writes the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). However, refugees’ plea isn’t limited to people leaving their home country en masse following atrocious wars or political instability, but can be that of anyone else, like you and me, following unforeseen calamities, be it natural or man-made, leading to similar situations. The November ...
Source: The Medical Futurist - December 17, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Prans Tags: Future of Medicine Healthcare Design Telemedicine & Smartphones digital health technology digital technology digital innovation refugee Source Type: blogs

Let ’s Put The Best To The Test: Our KardiaMobile6L Review
AliveCor is close to our hearts. Literally. David Albert, the co-founder of the company, started experimenting with handheld, wireless ECG devices in the late 90s. Approximately 10 years later we tried out their FDA-cleared, medical grade gadget. It was a truly inspiring moment. Needless to say, we’ve been keeping track of their journey ever since. In our eyes Kardia is the textbook example of technology shaping health care, empowering and supporting not only e-patients, but medical professionals as well. So, let’s take a look at their newest creation, the KardiaMobile6L! Why did the chicken cross the ro...
Source: The Medical Futurist - December 12, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: szandra Tags: Health Sensors & Trackers cardiology ecg fda Healthcare heart technology Source Type: blogs

Top 5 Health Trackers For Running
Looking for a device to track your running routine? Or you’d like to treat yourself to a little gadget for the end of year season that will supplement your workout? Maybe you just need a little push with the help of what technology can offer to get out of your apartment and hit the running track? We’ve got you covered! We’ll list our favourite health tracking devices that we’ve tested and found appropriate for running. Fitbit Ionic: Almost perfect  The Fitbit Ionic, Fitbit’s very first fitness tracker-smartwatch hybrid, is something of a love child between Pebble and Fitbit. The dev...
Source: The Medical Futurist - December 10, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Prans Tags: Health Sensors & Trackers digital health fitness running healthcare design fitness trackers digital health sensors runner Source Type: blogs

Top 5 National Examples In Digital Health
It was on November 21st that I was last in Copenhagen, not to have some of that famous Æbleflæsk but to moderate an OECD event. I was tasked to challenge health ministers and other policy makers about the impact of advanced technologies on patients’ lives and what regulations would facilitate these changes. It was encouraging to see country leaders take a positive stance towards digital health and to hear about concrete examples as to how they are implementing technology to modify their local healthcare landscape. This experience served as an inspiration to write this article. In it we will highli...
Source: The Medical Futurist - December 5, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Prans Tags: Healthcare Policy digital health Medicine technology healthcare design Source Type: blogs

Top 10 Technologies We Are Excited About
We cover a lot of news and announcements about digital health technologies to provide context for you. Even within The Medical Futurist team, there are favorite technologies and trends. And we thought it would be time to share the technologies we’re excited about! With advancements in exoskeleton technology, A.I.’s ever-increasing importance in healthcare and technologies like 5G and quantum computing soon going mainstream, there’s much to be excited about! Without further ado, let’s jump in! 1. Quantum Computing: faster, cheaper and safer Late last month, Google claimed “quantum suprema...
Source: The Medical Futurist - December 3, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Prans Tags: Future of Medicine digital health Healthcare technology digital technology Source Type: blogs

The Last Monarch Of The Fitbit Dynasty? – The Fitbit Versa 2 Review
What would you buy if you had a whopping 2.1 billion dollars just lying around? Well, Google decided to acquire Fitbit for that exact same amount earlier this month. Employees claim Fitbit had a rough patch for the last few years, battling “management issues, ever-changing priorities and high staff turnover.” Wired UK reported that the exact plans of the tech giant are unclear at the moment, however, when Google and Fitbit announced their partnership in 2018, their joint goal was to “accelerate innovation in digital health and wearables.” We’ll keep an eye on them for sure. But for now let...
Source: The Medical Futurist - November 28, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: szandra Tags: Health Sensors & Trackers digital health Healthcare health technology health trackers Fitbit digital health sensors Source Type: blogs

The Digital Health Future of Oncology
It’s in the early morning of April 15th, 2030 that when looking at your smart mirror, the latter beeps a warning notification: that new mole on your chin should be checked by your dermatologist. That was to be expected. After all your genetic test revealed that you possess a mutation in the CDKN2A gene. But you also get the recommendation to have your esophagus and stomach checked as your connected smart scale registered a noticeable drop in weight and this mutation also carries an increased risk of gastrointestinal (GI) tract cancer. With such increased awareness and early stage diagnosis methods, will the cance...
Source: The Medical Futurist - November 26, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Prans Tags: Future of Medicine Personalized Medicine cancer digital health cancer treatment digital technology oncology cancer research cancer care digital health technologies Source Type: blogs

7+1 Ways Digital Health Technologies Help Fight Obesity
Obesity rates have nearly doubled in the last 20 years. Only in England, 13 million people over the age of 16 were considered obese in 2017, Daily Mail reported. According to an analysis of government data, the NHS spent a staggering £1.075 billion on type 2 diabetes treatment alone. And since obesity is linked to cardiovascular problems, diabetes, and some cancers, most of us live in countries where obesity kills more people than malnutrition. It’s preventable. It’s treatable. And yet numbers keep rising. So, what’s happening and what’s the solution? Let’s get digital! Ok, we may ...
Source: The Medical Futurist - November 21, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: szandra Tags: Future of Medicine Health Sensors & Trackers digital health digital technology digital health sensors weight management obesity weight loss Source Type: blogs

Your Guide to Facial Recognition Technology in Healthcare
Facial recognition technology is upon us; phones and computers can now be unlocked with your specific facial structure using this gimmick, but it can also scarily be used to identify you from security cameras which are increasingly becoming omnipresent. As a matter of fact, Australian governments have been actively pushing for the implementation of this technology with what The Guardian calls “creative reasons” such as public transport payment and government rebates. But what about the implications of this technology in healthcare? From better diagnosis of rare conditions to ethnic discrimination, will it r...
Source: The Medical Futurist - November 19, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Prans Tags: Artificial Intelligence Bioethics Future of Medicine Security & Privacy cybersecurity healthcare system facial recognition Source Type: blogs

Augmented Reality In Healthcare Will Be Revolutionary: 9 Examples
Augmented reality is one of the most promising digital health technologies at present – look at the success of Pokémon Go – and it has the potential to change healthcare and everyday medicine completely for physicians and patients alike. By now, it is official: Pokémon Go conquered the world. TechCrunch reported that on the day when the game was launched, it immediately surpassed the daily time usage of Facebook, SnapChat or Twitter by the average iOS user on mobile phones. Tom Curry, a man living in New Zealand quit his job to become a full-time Pokémon hunter. In Central Park, herds of Po...
Source: The Medical Futurist - November 14, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: berci.mesko Tags: Augmented Reality Future of Medicine Health Sensors & Trackers google glass Innovation Surgery technology GC1 AR Source Type: blogs

Google ’ s Acquisition of FitBit: Boon or Doom for the fitness tracking industry?
There were rumours and you’ve heard the news: Google acquired Fitbit for a whopping $2.1 billion. With millions of user’s data now in the hands of Google, will the tech giant’s latest leap in the fitness industry put said industry in hyperdrive mode or will it allow Google to monopolize a significant chunk of the market with a Big Brother-esque control and access over users’ data? Well there are a lot of layers before coming to a conclusion and eventually only time will tell, so join us as we analyse the possible implications of one of the fitness industry’s biggest news! Source: https:...
Source: The Medical Futurist - November 12, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Prans Tags: Future of Medicine Health Sensors & Trackers digital health google healthcare design health technology digital technology Fitbit acquisitions Source Type: blogs

The Nordic Saga: Genomics And Politics In Iceland
We guide you to a country where DNA analysis dates back to at least two decades, where Game of Thrones was shot, and where more sheep live than people. To the country of Ice and Fire. In the next stop of our genomics and politics series, let’s see how Iceland, a state with a tiny and homogenous population makes use of genomic data, and how private and public clashes over its regulatory issues. To share or not to share? In the future, researchers in many countries will be able to reliably identify hundreds of people as carriers of cancer-related genes only by pressing a button. It won’t matter whether thos...
Source: The Medical Futurist - November 2, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Future of Medicine Genomics Security & Privacy DNA dna testing ethics genes Genetic testing genetics technology regulations government society bioethics bioethical politics iceland decode Source Type: blogs

What Can Quantum Computing Do To Healthcare?
A leap from bits to qubits: this two-letter change could mean entirely new horizons for healthcare. Quantum computing might bring supersonic drug design, in silico clinical trials with virtual humans simulated ‘live’, full-speed whole genome sequencing and analytics, the movement of hospitals to the cloud, the achievement of predictive health, or the security of medical data via quantum uncertainty. Jaw-dropping, isn’t it? Quantum supremacy, light bulbs, and 42 If you want annoying people to stay away from your birthday party or scare off unwanted relatives from visiting, just start to talk about qu...
Source: The Medical Futurist - October 31, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Future of Medicine Future of Pharma AI connected DNA genetics genomics Health Health 2.0 Healthcare Hospital patient technology in silico trials drug development drugs health data security smart quantum quantum comp Source Type: blogs

Exoskeletons: Robotic Structures Making Paralyzed People Walk Again
A paraplegic man made the first kick of the World Cup in Brazil in 2014; another paralyzed man was able to move all four of his limbs through mind-control, and yet another could walk down the aisle with the love of his life due to robotic structures called exoskeletons. These are just a few mind-blowing and heart-warming stories about their current power, but they haven’t reached their full potential yet. We looked around what exoskeleton technology can do today and what it promises for tomorrow. Exoskeleton becomes as real as a donut Remember the huge mechanic beasts fighting against the indigenous people on m...
Source: The Medical Futurist - October 29, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Future of Medicine Robotics digital health exoskeleton science fiction technology exoskeletons rehabilitation paralyzed stroke injury spinal cord exoskeleton technology Source Type: blogs

Artificial Blood: Unsolvable Biological Puzzle Or Soon-To-Be Reality?
What is the common denominator for milk, lamb blood, urine, and beer? You would never guess, so we let you off the hook: they were all tried as substitutes for blood during experiments on the quest to find an alternative fluid to replace the elixir of life: human blood. Despite the tremendous efforts, though, artificial blood remains an unsolvable biological puzzle with only a few innovative solutions that give hope that one day it will become a reality. An entire bloody business in vein? Blood has been the symbol of life for millennia – as it is connected so vehemently to good health and well-being. People no...
Source: The Medical Futurist - October 26, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Biotechnology Future of Medicine blood donation history biology history of medicine artificial artificial blood substitute Source Type: blogs

Top Diabetes Companies On The Way To The Artificial Pancreas
Connected continuous glucose sensing technologies, sensors inserted under the skin, digital skin patches, and many more innovations appeared on the market in the last years to make diabetes management as easy as possible. Here, we collected the flagship companies on the way to ultimately building the artificial pancreas or offering solutions to turn diabetes into an invisible condition. From honey urine to DIY artificial pancreas Diabetes has been around for centuries, if not even for thousands of years. In ancient China, India, or Greece, doctors already described the condition. In India, people discovered that the...
Source: The Medical Futurist - October 24, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Future of Medicine blood blood sugar CGM connected health diabetes diabetes management digital digital health glucose insulin monitoring technology Source Type: blogs

20 Medical Technology Advances: Medicine in the Future – Part II.
Nanorobots swimming in blood vessels, in silico clinical trials instead of experimenting with drugs on animals and people, remote brain surgeries with the help of 5G networks – the second part of our shortlist on some astonishing ideas and innovations that could give us a glimpse into the future of medicine is ready for you to digest. Here, we’re going beyond the first part with medical tricorders, the CRISPR/Cas-9 gene-editing method, and other futuristic medical technologies to watch for. 11) In silico clinical trials against testing drugs on animals As technologies transform every aspect of healthcare,...
Source: The Medical Futurist - October 23, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: berci.mesko Tags: Artificial Intelligence E-Patients Future of Medicine Future of Pharma Genomics Health Sensors & Trackers 3d printing AI bioprinting blockchain clinical trials CRISPR digital digital health drug development genetics Innovat Source Type: blogs

When Politics Meets Genomics In the US
DNA collection from migrants who cross the US-Mexico border might be put in place soon, and the information will feed a large criminal database operated by the FBI, announced headlines early October. We’ve come a long way since the first direct-to-consumer (DTC) company, 23andme, started to offer ancestry DNA testing kits online. It seems as it was decades ago – while in fact, we’re speaking about 10-12 years. How has DTC genetic testing culminated in population genomics – and what can we expect in the future to come? In the second part of our article series about genomics and politics, we’ll ...
Source: The Medical Futurist - October 19, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Genomics American biotechnology dna testing ethics future genes genetics policy-making politics regulation science US USA Source Type: blogs

20 Medical Technology Advances: Medicine In The Future – Part I
Mind-reading exoskeletons, digital tattoos, 3D printed drugs, RFID implants for recreational purposes: mindblowing innovations come to medicine and healthcare almost every single day. We shortlisted some of the greatest ideas and developments that could give us a glimpse into the future of medicine, but we found so many that we had trouble fitting them into one article. Here are the first ten spectacular medical innovations to watch for. 1) Mixed reality opens new ways for medical education Augmented, virtual, and mixed reality are all technologies opening new worlds for the human senses. While the difference between...
Source: The Medical Futurist - October 17, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: berci.mesko Tags: Future of Medicine 3d printing artificial food brain-computer interface cyborg digital tattoos drug development exoskeleton gamification google glass health insurance Healthcare Innovation List Medical education medical techn Source Type: blogs

One Ring To Rule Them All? – The SleepOn Go2Sleep Review
We’re so good at sleeping we can even do it with our eyes shut. Still, there’s always room for improvement. Sleep tracking is a great way to get to know ourselves a bit better and even improve our way of life. It’s expensive and complicated to get a professional sleep analysis but with health gadgets on the rise, we have more and more options to take things in our own hands. SleepOn Go2Sleep promises to help us understand our sleeping patterns better through its ring-shaped sleep tracker. We got curious what it can do, so we tested it for a couple of days. Here’s our comprehensive review. Big ide...
Source: The Medical Futurist - October 15, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Health Sensors & Trackers fitness future gadget health trackers personalized personalized health review ring sleep sleep apnea sleep app sleep optimization sleep sensor sleep tracker sleep tracking technology wellbeing Source Type: blogs

The Future Of Hearing: How Technology Might Turn Us Into Superheroes
The objective of medical tools for personal use started to go beyond measuring health parameters and vital signs, offering accurate, as well as easy and patient-friendly measurements. Lately, they are also coupled with aesthetic appearance. Elements of design thinking and UX become an ever more organic part of product development – and that’s also visible when looking at hearables. The trend also allows getting rid of societal stigmas bound with medical devices. Millions of people don’t want to wear hearing aids because it’s connected to aging and is perceived as being more dependent while signal...
Source: The Medical Futurist - October 12, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Future of Medicine app artificial artificial intelligence ear hearing hearing aid hearing technology medical specialty otoscope smartphone superhero Source Type: blogs

How To Play Tricks On Artificial Intelligence?
While in the last years, sci-fi stories, experts and even some opinion-leader public figures frequently spelled the end of mankind through artificial intelligence, lately, it turned out just how easy it is to play tricks on smart algorithms and fool them into making errors. We looked around how researchers can hack A.I. and what that means for medicine and healthcare, mainly from a security perspective. Does A.I. have an Achilles heel? As the saying goes, a chain is as strong as its weakest link – and the ancient Greeks knew it. No matter that Achilles had extraordinary strength, courage, and loyalty, that he f...
Source: The Medical Futurist - October 10, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Artificial Intelligence Future of Medicine Security & Privacy adversarial adversarial example AI autonomous data security digital digital health hack Healthcare self-driving technology Source Type: blogs

From Surgeries To Keeping Company: The Place Of Robots In Healthcare
Assisting surgeries, disinfecting rooms, dispensing medication, keeping company: believe it or not these are the tasks medical robots will soon undertake in hospitals, pharmacies, or your nearest doctor’s office. These new ‘colleagues’ will definitely make a difference in every field of medicine. Here’s our overview to understand robotics in healthcare better so that everyone can prepare for the appearance of mechanic helpers in medical facilities. Metallic allies for the benefit of the vulnerable While there are concerns for machines replacing people in the workforce, we believe there are adv...
Source: The Medical Futurist - October 8, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: berci.mesko Tags: Future of Medicine Future of Pharma Robotics blood digital health future of hospital Healthcare medical medical robot nanorobot nanotechnology pharmacies social social companion social companion robot Surgery telemedical Source Type: blogs

The Top Health Wearables For A Healthy Lifestyle
Fitbit or Apple Watch for running? Garmin or Misfit for swimming? Sleep Cycle or Sleep as Android for sleep tracking? What about measuring heart rate, blood pressure, or tracking how to cut out stress from your life? Dozens of gadgets on the healthcare wearable market promise you a healthier lifestyle, but it’s easy to go astray in the jungle of digital health gadgets. Let me show you my top choices when it comes to health wearables and trackers. Guidance in the health wearable universe By now, I have tested and used more than a hundred devices and gadgets that measure health parameters or vital signs. Thus,...
Source: The Medical Futurist - October 5, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Health Sensors & Trackers Portable Diagnostics activity fitness fitness trackers Health 2.0 Healthcare Innovation meditation mental health Personalized medicine sleep sleep optimization sleep tracking stress technology wear Source Type: blogs

Our Guide To Artificial Intelligence In Healthcare
In the last couple of years, artificial intelligence moved from being a futuristic promise into a reference point for innovation. The technology also started to transform healthcare with great vigor. That’s why we thought it’s high time to talk about what A.I. can really bring to medicine, where is innovation standing at the moment, and what are the greatest challenges in its application to clinical settings. That’s what you can find in our latest e-book, the updated version of A Guide To Artificial Intelligence In Healthcare. Check it out! (Source: The Medical Futurist)
Source: The Medical Futurist - October 3, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Artificial Intelligence Future of Medicine AI books deep learning ebook ebooks Health Healthcare Innovation machine learning technology Source Type: blogs

From Theranos To Google Glass: The Biggest Flops In Digital Health
The tech start-up scene, investors, and news-reading audiences reward great stories on the edge of human capabilities – sometimes even on the boundary of science and science fiction – with their attention, money, or invested energy. However, sometimes marketing machines are better than actual technologies, and the ‘little bubbles’ around companies burst. Here, we collected the most promising digital health ideas and companies over the years that proved to be the greatest flops in medical innovation so far. ‘Big little bubbles’ that turned into digital health failures Humans love g...
Source: The Medical Futurist - October 2, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Future of Medicine Health Sensors & Trackers AI artificial intelligence companies development device digital digital health digital health market gadgets google google glass hype Innovation invention medical device promis Source Type: blogs

What Happens When Genomics Meets Politics?
The number of people having their genomes sequenced could reach more than 100 million by 2025, researchers estimated. Policy-makers around the world started to realize the incredible potential in genomics for population health in the last 3-5 years, but there are huge question marks whether they can manage the use of this incredibly useful pool of data in an appropriate framework, with well-thought-out means, for the right purposes, meaning for the well-being of humans and communities in the present and the future. Here, we launched an article series to look at the countries with the most experience. Let’s start with...
Source: The Medical Futurist - September 28, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Future of Medicine Genomics Healthcare Policy data data privacy data security Estonia ethics Gene genetic genetics Genome genome sequencing health data personal genomics Personalized medicine population population genomic Source Type: blogs

The Gazillion Of Health Data You Can Measure
From SWOLF through EDA until heart rate, heart rate variability, respiratory rate, single-lead ECG, period tracking, sleep pattern analyzing: dozens of vital signs demonstrate that there’s no single square centimeter of the human body without quantifiable data. As an experiment, we tried to collect every trackable parameter to draw the boundaries of your “health data self”. Let us know if there’s anything left out. Why is measurement useful? To know thyself The famous ancient Greek aphorism was inscribed on a wall in the Temple of Apollo at Delphi, the oracle, which was believed to tell human...
Source: The Medical Futurist - September 26, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Health Sensors & Trackers Personalized Medicine Portable Diagnostics activity blood body brain breathing data fitness health data heart health heart rate lifestyle lung measure measurement meditation quantified self s Source Type: blogs

Breathtaking: The Future Of Respiratory Care And Pulmonology
Smoke-measuring smart shirts, breath sound analyzing algorithms, and smart inhalers pave the way of pulmonology and respiratory care into the future. As the number of patients suffering from asthma, COPD, or lung cancer due to rising air pollution and steady smoker-levels will unfortunately not decrease any time soon, we looked around what technology can do to help both patients and caregivers. The results are breathtaking. Attacks of breathlessness are too common The diseases which pulmonologists and respiratory care specialists attempt to fight are among the most common conditions in the modern world – and t...
Source: The Medical Futurist - September 25, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Artificial Intelligence Future of Medicine Health Sensors & Trackers AI asthma cancer cancer treatment care COPD diagnostics inhaler lung lung cancer management medical specialty pulmonology respiratory respiratory care Source Type: blogs

Tech Goes Berserk: Murphy ’s Day With Failing Medical Technology
Whatever can go wrong, will. Murphy’s law. As it can happen anytime, anywhere to anything and anyone, why would new technologies mean an exception? We imagined in a short story how a day with constantly failing technology would look in the future. Fasten your seat belts, doomsday is coming! The.Worst.Morning.Ever. Murphy slowly opened his eyes and looked around: he could hear noises from the street and his dog barking very loudly in front of the door. There was one thing he could absolutely not hear: his smart sleep alarm. When he looked down at his smartphone lying next to his bed, it was stone-dead. He jumped...
Source: The Medical Futurist - September 21, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Future of Medicine Science Fiction AR big data device failing gadgets genetics genomics insurance medical technology sci-fi self-driving short story smart alarm smartphone VR Source Type: blogs

Do Virtual Simulations Prepare For Medical Realities?
How do you study organs and complex living structures in two dimensions? It’s like trying to piece together life on the planet in the age of the dinosaurs from fossils – almost impossible. So why do medical schools require students to learn the tricks of the trade from densely written books and PowerPoint presentations? Luckily, the advancement of technology brought in another dimension: virtual reality. So, we looked around to what extent VR as a three-dimensional teaching tool can support medical education. Let’s dive into virtual laparoscopy, simulated empathy, and co. Can simulated realities trick...
Source: The Medical Futurist - September 7, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Future of Medicine Medical Education Virtual Reality doctor Health Healthcare medical student nurse study surgeon Surgery technology VR Source Type: blogs

What You Can Learn From Your Gut: The Atlas Biomed Microbiome Test Review
How well do you know your gut? Are you aware of how microbiomes are your greatest protectors against diseases? Or how these tiny organisms are affected by every new diet that you undertake? Companies, such as Atlas Biomed, offer a genetic analysis of gut microbiome followed by personalized food recommendations so that anyone can adjust their nutritional habits according to their DNA. It’s a bold pledge, but let’s see how did the microbiome test fair in the second part of our Atlas Biomed review. Listen to your gut bacteria The tiny microorganisms that are living in our stomach make up an entire universe &...
Source: The Medical Futurist - September 5, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: imported Atlas Biomed diet dieting DNA future genetics gut Health Healthcare lifestyle microbiome microbiome test review stomach technology Source Type: blogs

From Saliva To Lifestyle Change: The Atlas Biomed Genetic Test Review
Do you have the hairy-back-gene? Are you susceptible to certain diseases? Why do you think you hate long-distance running? Believe it or not, genetic testing could give you a more or less accurate response to similar questions – and thus help you finally adjust your lifestyle according to the inner code to your unique life. That’s why I’m enthusiastic about direct-to-consumer genetic testing and try as many as possible so that I can tell you what you can expect from them. This time, I reviewed the Atlas Biomed genetic test. Hopping on the Atlas Biomed train Reviewing a genetic test is an exciting j...
Source: The Medical Futurist - September 3, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Genomics ancestry digital health future genetic genetic test Genetic testing genetics Health 2.0 health risks Healthcare healthy hereditary lifestyle review technology Source Type: blogs

How Much Is Life Worth?
Multivitamins, drugs, gene therapies, human skin, heart, eyeballs, kidneys, entire dead bodies – everything comes with a price tag. Putting aside the moral questions of why and how come that the capitalist market priced even our body parts and health, we asked the question of how much is life worth: what is the maximum that you would/should pay for a life-saving drug? How high is too high a cost if a drug can save 200-300 babies a year from debilitating illness or death? And ultimately, does the pricing of new technologies, especially gene therapies, enable to fulfill their promise? There’s a price for ever...
Source: The Medical Futurist - August 31, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Bioethics Biotechnology Future of Pharma Genomics cost daraprim drug drug price Gene gene therapy genetics insulin life medication pricing policy rare disease rare disorder Source Type: blogs

With Quantification Towards Pregnancy: The Mira Fertility Tracker Review
Mira is one of the increasing numbers of digital technologies that promise to reduce the role of luck and go against the trends of declining fertility rates by providing quantified information about ovulation and hormone levels. We received the device and found the perfect tester for it. Let’s see the comprehensive Mira fertility tracker review below. Fertility tracking is off the charts Due to the declining fertility rate worldwide and the ever-increasing age of first-time pregnancy, there’s a growing interest in female reproductive health – also from a technological point of view. In the past thre...
Source: The Medical Futurist - August 29, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Health Sensors & Trackers app device fertility fertility tracker future ovulation quantified self review smartphone technology tracking women women's health Source Type: blogs