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Artificial Intelligence Predicts Cardiovascular Risk From Retinal Images
Google researchers predicted cardiovascular risk factors not previously thought to be quantifiable in retinal images using artificial intelligence, according to a study published in Nature Biomedical Engineering. Scientists were able to identify risk factors such as age, gender, smoking status, blood pressure and major adverse cardiac events by only looking at the eye. Cardiovascular diseases are lethal and widespread According to the WHO, an estimated 17 million people die of cardiovascular diseases, particularly heart attacks and strokes, every year. Looking only at the statistics of heart diseases, one in every fourth d...
Source: The Medical Futurist - February 21, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Artificial Intelligence in Medicine A.I. AI cardiovascular digital health eye future google Innovation Source Type: blogs

A Short Story About the Future of Pharma
Artificial intelligence, robotics, 3D printing, organs-on-chips, and bioprinting open new horizons for pharma. Let’s peek into the future of drug production with a short story of Brian Mahony and read about what we need to reach such a future in The Medical Futurist’s latest e-book entitled Technologies Shaping the Future of Pharma. Get the e-book here to read about the latest trends and innovations shaping the future of drug design, manufacturing and distribution! (Source: The Medical Futurist)
Source: The Medical Futurist - February 20, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Future of Pharma drugs Health Healthcare Innovation Medicine personalized drugs pharmaceutics pharmacies pharmacogenomics Source Type: blogs

What The Hell Is Blockchain And What Does It Mean For Healthcare And Pharma?
Blockchain already earned the buzzword of the year award, so it is high time to address the elephant in the room. Is it really there? If it is, will it really change everything? How will it impact healthcare? Blockchain: More transformative than Trump on Twitter Don Tapscott, author of the book entitled Blockchain Revolution said in his superb, no-frills TED Talk that blockchain is the technology that is likely to have the greatest impact on the next few decades. No, it’s not social media. No, it’s not big data, not robotics, not even artificial intelligence. It’s the technology behind the cryptocurrency...
Source: The Medical Futurist - February 15, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Security & Privacy blockchain future Health Healthcare Innovation Medicine pharma technology Source Type: blogs

Digital Pain Reduction Kit Against Chronic Pain
A new digital pain reduction kit was designed in a partnership between Samsung Health, the German pharma giant, Bayer, healthcare start-up appliedVR, the Travelers insurance company and the Cedars Sinai Medical Center, announced Dr. Brennan Spiegel. The set will be tested in a randomized trial to reduce opioids and speed up the return to work after a musculoskeletal injury, he added. The partnership signals confidence in VR’s place in healthcare and the objective to spread around its utilization as widely as possible. With virtual reality against painkillers Virtual reality presents an immersive artificial environmen...
Source: The Medical Futurist - February 14, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Virtual Reality in Medicine chronic pain digital digital health future Healthcare Innovation MedEd Medical education Personalized medicine VR Source Type: blogs

Coala Heart Monitor – The Swedish Response To The ECG Revolution
It has never been easier to measure ECG and monitor heart health at home. New pocket-sized gadgets, chest straps, even specialized earbuds promise accurate measurements during sports activity, cooking or watching TV at home. AliveCor’s Kardia, MocaCare, Skeeper, just to name a few digital devices The Medical Futurist already reviewed. Recently, a Swedish company sent me their version and I eagerly tested it. Let’s see what the Coala Heart Monitor can offer. The ECG Revolution A real revolution started in cardiology: miniaturized and patient-friendly designs of ECG monitors, single- and multi-channel ECGs arrive...
Source: The Medical Futurist - February 13, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Health Sensors & Trackers digital health ecg future Healthcare Innovation Personalized medicine review technology Source Type: blogs

Digital Health Makes You A Superhero!
Superman, Spiderman, the Flash, the Avengers, Green Arrow, Catwoman. Idolized superheroes are able to fly, jump from one roof to another beating up the bad guys. Although they all have their unique characteristics and superpowers, one thing is common. They all use their abilities to the fullest. Digital health offers you the same. You can become a real superhero if you proactively harness the power of technology for your health. Technology has the potential to transform how we think about our health The current medical system in most countries works as a reactive setting. The patient goes to the doctor with existing sympt...
Source: The Medical Futurist - February 8, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Cyborgization Future of Medicine Health Sensors & Trackers artificial intelligence comics digital digital health Healthcare Innovation marvel marvel universe superhero superpower technology Source Type: blogs

The Digital Health Manifesto
Conclusion No manifesto will by itself change a two-thousand-year-old system, any more than Martin Luther’s 95 theses did. Establishments die hard: 100 years ago, in 1918, Max Planck was awarded the Nobel Prize in physics, and in his Scientific Autobiography he talked about the adoption of change by any establishment: A new scientific truth does not win adoption by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but because its opponents eventually die. A manifesto can, though, kindle new thinking among those who do see the light. Planck continued: … and a new generation comes up that is familiar wi...
Source: The Medical Futurist - February 6, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Empowered Patients Healthcare Design Healthcare Policy digital digital health doctor empowerment future Health 2.0 Innovation manifesto patient empowerment Personalized medicine philosophy technology Source Type: blogs

The Medical Futurist Calls YOU To Action
The team behind The Medical Futurist works every day to facilitate the spread of digital health. Our goal is to provide the latest news as well as the relevant context about innovation in healthcare to help patients, physicians and policy-makers get the most out of technological changes. We need YOUR help to achieve this. If you want to share news, articles or analyses with us, If you want The Medical Futurist to test your innovative medical technology so we can share the verdict with hundreds of thousands of followers, If you want to inspire us with your science fiction short story or vision about the future, please&nbs...
Source: The Medical Futurist - February 1, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Digital Health Research call to action future future of medicine Healthcare Innovation medical device wearable Source Type: blogs

What If Amazon Ran Hospitals?
What if Dr. Alexa offered you the next appointment with your doctor in the Amazon Clinic? What if you could buy your prescription drugs in Amazon’s online pharmacy? What if you could get your personalized plaster cast from the 3D Printing Department? In light of the recent moves of Amazon and other tech giants in the healthcare field, we imagined what it would look like if Amazon operated an entire hospital. Tech giants move into healthcare Facebook, Google, and Amazon are aiming for new horizons. The playfield must be too small for them solely on the technology markets. They certainly have the capacity to...
Source: The Medical Futurist - January 30, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Future of Medicine Healthcare Design 3d printing amazon artificial intelligence digital health digital technology Innovation Personalized medicine wearables Source Type: blogs

How To Analyze Your Sleep Quality?
Fitbit, Misfit, Live by Earlysense, Jawbone. The market for sleep trackers is skyrocketing and finally, more and more people track the quality of their bedtime. However, getting conclusions from sleep measurements is tricky. Let me help you by sharing my experience! I experimented with my sleep for years The wind lashed the shutters so you thought you didn’t sleep well, but you still felt fresher than after 9 hours of continuous sleep? Whenever you wake up after 8 am your head hurts? If you go to bed before 12 pm you cannot get any sleep? Sleeping is a mysterious and tricky business. Given how important proper sleep ...
Source: The Medical Futurist - January 25, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Health Sensors & Trackers digital health future Innovation Medicine Personalized medicine sleep sleep as android sleep optimization sleep tracking technology wearables Source Type: blogs

Symbiosis of Design And Healthcare: The Story of an ECG Device
A young Hungarian designer rethought the traditional ECG Holter into easily applicable and smart ECG wearable. It’s just one example how design will appear in healthcare in the future; how elements of design thinking and (user interface) UX will become an organic part of the development of medical devices. An example of brilliance: redesigning the traditional ECG Holter A young Hungarian designer, Ádám Miklósi contacted me half a year ago that he redesigned the traditional ECG Holter. As one of the 85 million Europeans suffering from cardiovascular disease, he frequently had to get into contact ...
Source: The Medical Futurist - January 23, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Health Sensors & Trackers Healthcare Design digital future Innovation medical medical design technology wearables Source Type: blogs

What Can You Learn About Your Lifestyle in a Simple Spreadsheet?
No matter whether it’s about fitness, sleep, stress management or health, data could help you achieve your goals. See how I did it in 2017 with my simple excel spreadsheet! Why do I log my fitness and health data every single day? You can get to know yourself in plenty of ways. Through analyzing your thoughts, your feelings, your reactions to your own environment or through the reactions of others. My personal method of self-knowledge roots in data. I’ve been quantifying my health since 1997 – way before the boom in the wearables and fitness trackers market. I learned that I cope better with stress throu...
Source: The Medical Futurist - January 18, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Health Sensors & Trackers change digital digital health empowered patients excel Health 2.0 Healthcare lifestyle Medicine Personalized medicine technology Source Type: blogs

The Greatest and Weirdest Digital Health Innovations at CES 2018
With more than a hundred exhibitors, countless new ideas and exciting innovations digital health truly conquered Las Vegas and CES 2018. Just as last year, we decided to show you the most and least impressive healthcare-related gadgets, sensors, trackers, and more importantly, the discernible trends. 2018 – The year when digital health arrived at CES Would you like to play ping-pong with a robot? Do you want to try an air taxi? If you responded to both questions with “hell yes!” (how else, really), then your place is in the venues hosting CES. Innovators and tech fanatics flock to Las Vegas every January ...
Source: The Medical Futurist - January 11, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Future of Medicine AI ces CES 2018 digital digital health Health 2.0 Healthcare Innovation Personalized medicine robotics technology trackers wearables Source Type: blogs

8 Digital Health Mergers That Help Prepare for 2018
A lot of interesting acquisitions and mergers took place in 2017. Pharmaceutical, health insurance, medical technology and digital technology companies took brave steps to strengthen their position with more or less success. Here are the most exciting ones. Last year’s business moves on the digital health market suggest that producing drugs alone without added digital services is not enough anymore for pharma companies; medical websites are becoming huge media outlets; and that Apple is seriously moving into healthcare. Check out the descriptions of the 8 most interesting mergers below. 1) Internet Brands & WebMD...
Source: The Medical Futurist - January 11, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Future of Medicine acquisitions business digital health Healthcare healthcare companies healthcare market Innovation M&A mergers technology Source Type: blogs

What To Expect From Digital Health In 2018?
Digital health is booming and there are thrilling trends to be excited about for 2018. Trend-spotting with facts instead of crystal balls The first digital pill was approved by the FDA. Chinese researchers created the first gene-edited embryos. Microsoft launched a new healthcare division. 2017 was a year full of marvelous advancements in healthcare. So what’s next? As The Medical Futurist, my whole life is dedicated to digital health and how it should advance. My lifeblood is technology, healthcare and their intersection. At The Medical Futurist Institute, we work with governments and policy-makers worldwide to help...
Source: The Medical Futurist - January 9, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Future of Medicine 2018 AI artificial intelligence augmented reality digital health Education Healthcare Innovation Personalized medicine technology wearables Source Type: blogs

A Revolution in Access to Healthcare: DIY Labs and Makerspaces
Makerspaces, DIY labs and communities for fabricating objects are multiplying at an unimaginable speed. As such spaces, equipped with 3D printers, laser cutters and many other digital tools, are perfect for building health sensors or medical alert systems, The Medical Futurist team had to experiment with it. I cannot be more enthusiastic about both the idea and its realization! Technology and know-how for everyone I’m curious about how things go today, but I have to warn you that I’m technologically challenged, said a member of The Medical Futurist team at the start of our Makerspace workshop. That was the sent...
Source: The Medical Futurist - January 4, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Health Sensors & Trackers Healthcare Design community digital health DIY future Innovation laboratory makerspace technology wearables Source Type: blogs

What Healthcare Should Learn From Stanley Kubrick ’s 2001: A Space Odyssey
Shooting of 2001: A Space Odyssey began fifty-two years ago, on 29 December 1965, but it still looks modern and believable. One of the best sci-fi movies of all times, if not the very best. What was the secret of Stanley Kubrick and what does that mean for modern healthcare? For example, he deliberately designed the cinematic future with the help of experts from NASA or the IBM, not “just” with artists. This is only one way how healthcare could benefit from adopting Kubrick’s methods: by letting people outside of the medical industry change current practices for the better. There are plenty of other usefu...
Source: The Medical Futurist - December 28, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: TMF Tags: Empowered Patients Healthcare Design artificial intelligence astronomy future IBM Medicine movies science fiction scifi technology Source Type: blogs

The 10 Most Exciting Digital Health Stories of 2017
Gene-edited human embryo. Self-driving trucks. Practical quantum computers. 2017 has been an exciting year for science, technology – and digital health! It’s that time of the year again when it’s worth looking back at the past months; and list the inventions, methods and milestone events in healthcare to get a clearer picture what will shape medicine for the years to come. 2017 – Amazing year for science and healthcare Scientists, researchers, and innovators come up with amazing breakthroughs every year, and that was no different in 2017 either. No matter whether we look at physics (proving the exis...
Source: The Medical Futurist - December 13, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Future of Medicine 3d printing artificial intelligence digital health genetics genomics Healthcare Innovation Personalized medicine robotics technology wearables Source Type: blogs

How Technologies Shape The Future Of Medical Conferences
I have attended more than 400 conferences that were devoted to medicine and healthcare, and I can count the great ones on one hand. Terribly visualized presentations, new ideas in old shapes, delays, bad organizing, lack of guest engagement. How come medical event organizers do not make the most out of digital technology? How come they do not follow the ever-changing needs of guests and visitors, let alone patients and doctors? Read on to learn how new technologies and trends are able to catapult any medical event into the 21st century! Medical events should live up to the expectations When I arrive at a conferen...
Source: The Medical Futurist - December 7, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: manager Tags: Empowered Patients Social media in Healthcare Virtual Reality in Medicine digital technology gc4 Health 2.0 medical event patient empowerment Source Type: blogs

Let Medical Students Become 21st Century Physicians
We don’t need no obsolete medical education, sings the average medical student leaning on a fat volume of anatomy. Rightly so, as in the 21st century, students should learn about the human body through virtual reality, should familiarize themselves with digital health, and prepare for the sweeping changes technology brings upon the medical community already in medical school. Let’s reform medical education to nurture 21st century physicians! What is the problem with the medical curriculum today? Five years from now, surgical robots will become an average sight in a well-equipped OR, as in the next three years, ...
Source: The Medical Futurist - December 5, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Future of Medicine Medical Education 3d printing artificial intelligence augmented reality curriculum digital health future of education Healthcare med school med student medical curriculum sensors virtual reality wearables Source Type: blogs

A Review of Skeeper – Your Pink Pocket Cardiologist
Smartsound, a South Korean start-up sent me Skeeper, their pink pocket cardiologist. The gadget promises to measure heart health and to give personalized lifestyle advice, although I have mixed feelings about the device. You can find the reasons in our Skeeper review below. The risk factors for hearth conditions stem from lifestyle choices According to the WHO, an estimated 17 million people die of cardiovascular diseases, particularly heart attacks and strokes, every year. Looking only at the statistics of heart diseases, one in every fourth death occurs due to heart conditions in the United States. Moreover, the U.S. Ce...
Source: The Medical Futurist - November 30, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Health Sensors & Trackers digital digital health future gc3 Healthcare hear heart health Innovation Personalized medicine technology wearables Source Type: blogs

The Future of Emergency Medicine: Innovations Making Patients The Point-of-Care
Every minute spent without treatment could reduce the chance of survival in case of medical emergency and trauma patients. Digital health innovations making patients the point-of-care could become a great help for first responders and emergency units in the battle against time. Here, we collected what trends and technologies will have an impact on the future of emergency medicine. Six minutes before brain damage Car crashes, home injuries, fires, natural disasters. The difference between life and death often depends on the speed and efficiency of emergency care services. The work of doctors, paramedics, and nurses being in...
Source: The Medical Futurist - November 28, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: imported CPR digital health emergency emergency medicine EMS first aid first response future Health 2.0 Healthcare Innovation technology Source Type: blogs

Six Challenges To Tackle Before Artificial Intelligence Redesigns Healthcare
The potential of artificial intelligence for making healthcare better is indisputable. The question is how to integrate it successfully into our healthcare systems. For doing so, we have to overcome technical, medical limitations, as well as regulatory, ethical obstacles and the tendency to oversell the technology. The very first step should be to familiarize with what A.I. truly means. In our latest e-book, A Guide to Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare, we summarized everything you need to know, so now, let’s look at the second step: the challenges to overcome! The transformative power of A.I. in healthcare We h...
Source: The Medical Futurist - November 23, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Artificial Intelligence in Medicine AGI AI ANI challenges digital health fears future Healthcare Innovation technology Source Type: blogs

News From 2037: Women Fired As Her Wearable Indicated Pregnancy Won Court Battle Against Her Employer
A short story about wearable sensors, predictive algorithms and their potential ethical consequences. 35-year-old Susanne Wolfort won a historic court battle against Japanese Shinsai Motors Corporation Monday, as the Court of Appeals in California approved her claim of $18 million compensating for her losses since the company fired her based on changes in her GoSportsLive wearable patch data indicating her pregnancy far earlier as she planned to announce it to Shinsai’s San Francisco, California-based HR department. The court raised the initial sum from $15 million to $18 million as compensation for the damage ...
Source: The Medical Futurist - November 21, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Medical Science Fiction data privacy digital health future pregnancy scifi short story wearable Source Type: blogs

Fitbit Ionic Review: Bromance with the Pebble Smartwatch
I’ve used the whole evolution of Fitbit devices from Fitbit One through Surge and Blaze, so it was obvious I’ll test Ionic. I was curious what the first smartwatch and fitness tracker combination from Fitbit can offer me. The verdict? A neatly designed, resourceful tracker with many useful measurements, but I still can’t believe they don’t have a smart wake up function. Maybe in 10 years. Fitbit is an impressive player on the fitness tracker market The San Francisco-based company established in 2007 created one of the best-known brands on the market of fitness trackers and wearables. Its founde...
Source: The Medical Futurist - November 16, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Health Sensors & Trackers digital digital health Fitbit fitbit ionic future Healthcare Medicine Personalized medicine technology wearable wearables Source Type: blogs

Digital Health Supports The Fight Against Opioids
The widespread U.S. opioid & overdose crisis is an ever-increasing tragic concern for everyone: writhing victims, family members being fain to see their relatives suffer or die, doctors prescribing opioid pain-killers what they thought before as safe, and regulators imposed to handle a tough situation. Addiction. It’s painful to even read about the skyrocketing numbers of people suffering, thus we decided to map how digital health could help tackle the opioid crisis. Why is it so difficult to deal with the opioid crisis? Once you become addicted, it sticks with you for a long time, if not for life, just as a...
Source: The Medical Futurist - November 14, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Bioethics Mobile Health Virtual Reality in Medicine AI artificial intelligence data data analytics drugs future gc3 Innovation opioid opioid crisis pharma technology wearables Source Type: blogs

Canada Brings Automation to Healthcare: An Example For Governments to Follow
The Canadian government recognized the current challenges in their healthcare system alongside the rapid technological developments and their potential for changing medicine for good. Thus, a Senate Committee invited researchers, ethicists, entrepreneurs, and futurists like me to discuss the way forward. Recently, they published their findings containing actionable recommendations for the future. This is the way every responsible government should follow if they want to bring their healthcare system into the 21st century. I’m honored to have taken part in it. Step One: Recognizing the state of play in healthcare With...
Source: The Medical Futurist - November 9, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Future of Medicine Healthcare Design 3d printing artificial intelligence digital digital health healthcare system Innovation robotics technology Source Type: blogs

The Top 8 Swimming Trackers
We test and review a whole range of health sensors and trackers but we haven’t touched upon swimming yet. The reason is simple: I’m not a Michael Phelps so to say. When it comes to swimming, it’s not in my top 50 sports activities. As we still get questions about which tracker to use for swimming, we dove into the water-resistant wearable market. Now, you can splash into the pool with the best wearables for swimming. Data is my motivation My life would be empty without data. It offers me a clearer picture of myself, gives me motivation and joy. I know I’m a geek but it delights me to have been livi...
Source: The Medical Futurist - November 7, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Health Sensors & Trackers digital digital health gc3 Healthcare Personalized medicine swim swim trackers swimming technology vital signs wearable wearables Source Type: blogs

The Top 8 Technologies Combating Food Allergy
Every three minutes, a food allergy reaction sends someone to the emergency room in the US. Not only the number of people suffering from food allergies but also the complexity and severity of conditions are rising globally. Food scanners or portable devices could tell you the exact ingredients of the food on your plate; while apps and wearables help you deal with the effects of allergens. Here, I listed the best technologies combating food allergy! Food allergy on the rise Food allergy has been referred to as the second wave of the allergy epidemic, asthma being the first. Researchers estimate that up to 15 milli...
Source: The Medical Futurist - November 2, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Future of Food Portable Diagnostics applications apps digital digital health food allergy food scanner GC1 Personalized medicine technology wearables Source Type: blogs

Technologies Change Health Insurance: The Most Innovative Ventures
The accumulation of medical data enables health insurance companies to move from the 100-year-old concept of reactive care to preventive medicine. The future points to simple, fast and highly personalized insurance plans based on information from the healthcare system and data from health sensors, wearables, and trackers. Here is the changing health insurance scene and its most innovative solutions! Health insurance systems are unsustainable partly due to costly chronic diseases According to OECD predictions, exceeding budgets on health spending remains an issue for OECD countries. Maintaining today’s healthcare...
Source: The Medical Futurist - October 31, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Future of Medicine Healthcare Design big data chronic illness digital digital health gc3 health data health insurance healthcare data technology trackers wearables Source Type: blogs

The Future of Vision and Eye Care
3D printed digital contact lenses, bionic eye implants, augmented reality eye condition explainers: the future of vision and eye care are full of science fiction-sounding innovations. Here is where digital health will take ophthalmology in the future! More than 80 percent of perception comes through vision Researchers estimate that 80-85 percent of our perception, learning, cognition, and activities are mediated through vision. Compared to that, our hearing only processes 11 percent of information, while smell 3.5 percent, touch 1.5 percent and taste 1 percent. Don’t you think that’s possible? Renowne...
Source: The Medical Futurist - October 26, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Augmentation in Medicine Cyborgization Medical Augmented Reality 3d printing AI diabetes digital digital health eye care future guide Healthcare Innovation ophthalmology Personalized medicine technology vision Source Type: blogs

Do Digital Health Sensors Limit Our Freedom of Choice?
How do you live healthier with data? How do you get used to sensors and wearables? I receive plenty of questions after my keynotes about digital health; how it changes my life and how it could transform society in the future. A while ago, I was on stage in Lisbon, when someone asked me whether I think the use of health sensors might limit our freedom of choice. As it generated a discussion within The Medical Futurist team too, I decided to outline my position and the counter-arguments. Needless to say, I stood for technology not curbing our freedom in any way. Would sleep tracking limit your freedom of choice? For me, dat...
Source: The Medical Futurist - October 24, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Future of Medicine Health Sensors & Trackers Mobile Health digital digital health freedom freedom of choice gc3 Healthcare Personalized medicine technology wearables Source Type: blogs

There Is No Precision Medicine Without Artificial Intelligence
Artificial narrow intelligence (ANI) will most likely help healthcare move from traditional, „one-size-fits-all” medical solutions towards targeted treatments, personalized therapies, and uniquely composed drugs. In two words: precision medicine. However, before we let ANI take over the stage in healthcare, stakeholders should consider several ethical and legal issues.  Moving away from generalized medicine to personalization The article is based on a paper about the role of A.I. in Precision Medicine that was published in Expert Review of Precision Medicine and Drug Development. Classical medical pra...
Source: The Medical Futurist - October 19, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Artificial Intelligence in Medicine Bioethics Future of Medicine Healthcare Design Personalized Medicine AI ethical gc4 Innovation machine learning medical precision medicine Source Type: blogs

Launch of The Medical Futurist Institute: Digital Health Research For A Better Future
The Medical Futurist Institute, the very first research institute specializing in digital health, was launched on 17 October 2017. We, the team of The Medical Futurist are incredibly happy to be able to share what we have been working on with you. The aim of the Institute is to prepare every stakeholder of healthcare for gradually adopting digital health. For successfully doing so, it provides comprehensive, original scientific field research, policy papers, and recommendations on technological innovations and their broader social impact. Research for facilitating the adoption of digital health technologies by the glo...
Source: The Medical Futurist - October 17, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Future of Medicine Healthcare Design digital health Innovation Personalized medicine research technology the medical futurist institute tmf tmfi Source Type: blogs

Digital Maps Help Fight Epidemics
Have you ever thought that it would be possible to monitor drug overdoses, Zika cases or the spread of the flu in real time? Have you ever imagined that satellites wouldbe able to tell how and where a malaria epidemic will happen months before the actual outbreak? It is mind-blowing how, in the last years, digital maps developed to a level where they serve as effective tools for evaluating, monitoring and even predicting health events. That’s why I decided to give a comprehensive overview of digital maps in healthcare. John Snow, cholera and the revolution of maps in healthcare Before Game of Thrones monopolized Joh...
Source: The Medical Futurist - October 12, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Future of Medicine Healthcare Design Mobile Health digital health digital technology epidemics epidemiology gc4 Innovation interactive maps Source Type: blogs

We Simply Won ’ t Go To Mars Without Digital Health
“It’s 2017, we should have a lunar base by now,” noted Elon Musk when he revealed his grandiose plans about going to Mars in at least five years. “What the hell is going on?”, he asked clearly not being satisfied with the current state of astronautics. However, I say, we should not only concentrate on the development of space technologies but devote more focus to advancing technologies to keep people well and alive on the Red Planet. Digital health opens amazing horizons there. That’s what I detailed in my paper in New Space. We’ll colonize Mars There are plans for h...
Source: The Medical Futurist - October 11, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Future of Medicine Telemedicine astronautics digital health elon musk gc3 Healthcare Innovation mars NASA Personalized medicine space space travel SpaceX technology wearables Source Type: blogs

Digital Health Is A Cultural Transformation Of Traditional Healthcare Through Disruptive Technologies
Advanced medical technologies, disruptive innovations hand-in-hand with people willing to change will transform traditional healthcare into a modern healthcare system fit for the 21st century, says the first peer-reviewed paper covering the subject published by The Medical Futurist Institute. The thought-provoking article lays down the foundation for digital health with its accurate definition and frames the paradigm shift happening in healthcare.  We Need To Define Digital Health The authors of the paper argue that digital health means a qualitative change on the horizon of healthcare transforming its very nature. An...
Source: The Medical Futurist - October 6, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Empowered Patients Future of Medicine Healthcare Design artificial intelligence digital health GC1 Innovation Personalized medicine technology wearables Source Type: blogs

What can digital health bring to small countries like Andorra?
Did you know that there is a country where life expectancy for women reaches 98.7 years and 89.4 years for men? Where companies and individuals have been paying income tax only for a couple of years? Where the national football team’s captain has collected more than 600 football shirts during his career? Yes, there is a country like that. It’s a micro-state between France and Spain called Andorra. Are you curious how I as The Medical Futurist ended up there and what digital health could bring for countries with less than a million inhabitants? Read on! Digital health and Andorra – How did I get to one of ...
Source: The Medical Futurist - October 3, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Future of Medicine Healthcare Design Andorra digital health digital technology Education gc4 Innovation small country Source Type: blogs

Should Algorithms and Robots Mimic Empathy?
Robots telling jokes and chatbots acting as life coaches sound astounding and terrifying at the same time. Extensive research is going on lately in the field of applying human features, emotions, gestures, and reactions to digital technology; and it raises thousands of questions. Could not only smart, but emotional algorithms or robots appear also in healthcare soon? Would there be a place or need for them? How would it impact the patient-doctor relationship or social interactions in general? The human touch is indispensable in medicine In the last weeks, I decided to test Woebot, a little algorithmic assistant aiming...
Source: The Medical Futurist - September 28, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Artificial Intelligence in Medicine Bioethics Future of Medicine AI digital emotional inelligence empathy Healthcare Innovation robotics technology virtual reality VR Source Type: blogs

Escape The Scary and Painful in Healthcare: The AppliedVR review
Virtual reality might be a great tool to mitigate chronic pain without painkillers or to escape the scary hospital environment without physically going anywhere. The Los Angeles-based company, appliedVR, promises a comprehensive and immersive VR experience through a wide range of VR content. I had great expectations and was excited to test their review package. Here is my ultimate verdict! Bringing technology to everyday care is a long and difficult process Average online news consumers can bump into amazing scientific innovations and medical achievements every week. On 15 September, the Daily Mail reported that researche...
Source: The Medical Futurist - September 26, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Virtual Reality in Medicine chronic pain future gc3 Healthcare Innovation pain management Personalized medicine review VR Source Type: blogs

My Guide To The Future of Medicine: 22 Trends Shaping Healthcare
Digital technologies have completely transformed our lives in the last couple of years and started to entirely reshape the landscape of healthcare. Yet, this is only the beginning. Huge waves of changes are on their way. Thus, it is of utmost importance to familiarize with the latest technologies and trends in medicine to be able to prepare for the future in time. And while doing so, not to lose the quintessence of practicing medicine, the human touch. That’s the synopsis of the newest edition of my book, The Guide to the Future of Medicine. Today’s healthcare innovations sound like yesterday’s scien...
Source: The Medical Futurist - September 21, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Bioethics Biotechnology Future of Medicine artificial intelligence digital digital health GC1 genetics Healthcare Innovation social media wearables Source Type: blogs

Sit Straight and Run More: The Lumo Lift and Lumo Run Reviews
Do you realize how much you look at your phone a day? Only when your neck starts to hurt? Do you feel lazy and downcast when you sit in your office chair too long? Lumo Lift promises to improve your posture by gently nudging you onto the right path, while Lumo Run pledges to teach you how to have a good run. I tested both sensors and the overall verdict is positive. Check out the details here! The distance runner human body on holiday More than ten years ago, researchers found that humans may have left their tree-swinging ancestors behind because they developed into endurance runners. This ability, the researchers say, may...
Source: The Medical Futurist - September 19, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Health Sensors & Trackers digital future gc3 Healthcare personalized technology wearable wearables Source Type: blogs

Using Digital Technologies Makes Disaster Relief More Efficient
Digital technologies, such as interactive maps, open databases, textbots, apps, telehealth services or drones have great potential to help people stranded in life-threatening situations and make first response teams more effective during disasters. Let me tell you how! Hurricane season arrived in the Atlantic with destructive forces Hurricanes hit the Atlantic coast and the Caribbean hard. Hurricane Harvey arrived in Texas at the end of August, left at least 39 people dead and 30,000 people in need of temporary shelter after their own homes were flooded. On 26 August, 56,000 emergency calls were placed in Houston after the...
Source: The Medical Futurist - September 14, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Future of Medicine Healthcare Design Mobile Health chatbots digital digital technology disaster relief drones GC1 hurricane Innovation interactive maps medical drones social media telemedicine Source Type: blogs

The Future Is About Empathy, Not Coding
With the fast advancement of digital technologies and the allure of entrepreneurial lifestyle, plenty of people in different professions turn to coding thinking that the future will require even more IT skills than today. Although I do not question the importance of digital literacy in general, I believe medical professionals should rather master soft skills and acquire a futurist mindset than go for coding if they truly want to prepare for the coming decades. Automation, A.I., and robotics turn the job market upside down At the dawn of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, automation and digitization of our worlds and workpla...
Source: The Medical Futurist - September 12, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Future of Medicine AI algorithm artificial intelligence coding empathy gc2 Healthcare Innovation job market robotics social skills Source Type: blogs

Amazing Technologies Changing The Future of Dermatology
Smart algorithms will soon diagnose skin cancer, dermatologists consult patients online, and 3D printers will print out synthetic skin to fight tissue shortages. There is a lot going on in dermatology, and medical professionals should prepare in time for the technological changes before they start swiping through the specialty. Let’s start by familiarizing with the most amazing technologies changing dermatology! Your body’s best guard in a hostile world: your skin Everything is written on your skin. Every wrinkle, spot, and color tells a story, and not only a medical one. This miraculous organ can show you as a...
Source: The Medical Futurist - September 7, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Future of Medicine Telemedicine 3d printing AI artificial intelligence dermatology digital GC1 Healthcare Innovation nanotechnology Personalized medicine robotics wearables Source Type: blogs

Mixed Reality in Healthcare – The HoloLens Review
What if medical students could project bear-sized holographic brains in their dorm rooms when studying for an anatomy exam? What if surgeons could use those holograms to prepare for complex surgeries or even support the operations themselves? HoloLens appears to be the platform for the medical application of mixed reality, so I was curious how it performs and whether it is already fit for healthcare. Check out my HoloLens review below! An average day of Matt Woratzki in 2056 – Or how to imagine the future with HoloLens! At 6.30 in the morning, the smart sleep alarm smoothly indicated that it’s time to wake up. ...
Source: The Medical Futurist - September 5, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Future of Medicine Medical Augmented Reality AR GC1 Healthcare HoloLens Innovation Medical education Microsoft HoloLens mixed reality Surgery technology virtual reality VR Source Type: blogs

The Top 9 Augmented Reality Companies in Healthcare
When Pokemon Go conquered the world, everyone could face the huge potential in augmented reality. Although the hype around the virtual animal hunting settled, AR continues to march triumphantly into more and more industries and fields, including healthcare. Here, I listed the most significant companies bringing augmented reality to medicine and healing.  Augmented Reality Vs. Virtual Reality Augmented reality (AR) has shown an amazing development curve since Boeing researcher, Thomas Caudell coined the term “augmented reality” in 1990. The technology changed how an NFL football game is perceived through te...
Source: The Medical Futurist - August 31, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Medical Augmented Reality AR future GC1 Health Health 2.0 Innovation Medical education Medicine technology top VR Source Type: blogs

How Does a BRCA Genetic Test Work? – The Dante Labs Review
Dante Labs offered me their BRCA genetic test, which I gladly accepted as I never had an evaluation focused on my BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. These are very important as their mutations increase the risk of breast cancer and ovarian cancer in women, and prostate cancer in men. Here is my verdict. The Angelina effect and why BRCA genes matter The concept and practice of BRCA genetic testing became extremely popular after Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie publicized her results in 2013 alongside her decision to undergo a double mastectomy. A merciless but effective way to avoid getting breast cancer. Researchers even found t...
Source: The Medical Futurist - August 29, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Genomics cancer gc3 genes Genetic testing genetics Health Healthcare Innovation personalized genetics Personalized medicine Source Type: blogs

The Top Telemedicine Solutions Bringing Patients and Doctors Closer To Each Other
Telemedicine fulfills a natural demand in the digital age: how to bring patients and doctors closer to each other without the need to lose long hours through traveling, but gain all the benefits of healthcare. Telemedicine should become such an integral part of the healthcare system in the future that it would not be labeled as “telemedicine” anymore but just another ordinary way to talk to peers or patients. Until that happens, let’s see the top telemedicine solutions out there. The “teledactyl” wanted to feel patients at a distance Telemedicine is usually depicted as a new technology that ne...
Source: The Medical Futurist - August 16, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Telemedicine digital health future gc4 Health 2.0 Healthcare Hospital mhealth Personalized medicine technology Source Type: blogs