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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A First-Hand Experience About Switching To Telemedicine During COVID-19
Conclusions The results were unquestionable. Most patients enjoyed the comfort and the uniqueness of telehealth. About 95% of the people who answered, said the video consultation was “worthwhile” or “very worthwhile.” Bell’s team even analysed the different types of calls. Follow-ups, new patients, getting results – all scored similarly in terms of satisfaction.  Video consistently scored a bit better than the telephone. But there were a few negative comments, too. “We had a few patients who said they didn’t value the experience at all. In one the clinician hadn&rs...
Source: The Medical Futurist - August 6, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Judit Kuszkó Tags: Healthcare Design Healthcare Policy Security & Privacy Telemedicine & Smartphones digital health strategy covid remote care Source Type: blogs

4 Examples Of Merging Gaming & Digital Health
Pausing to check his map, Sam confirms that he is on the right track for his next delivery, only 2 kilometres left. He takes the opportunity to quench his thirst and check if his delivery load is securely attached to his back; some contain fragile vials of medicines and digital pills susceptible to damage if handled inappropriately. After making sure of the integrity of those packages, Sam takes a final look at his surroundings. “It’s quite peaceful with nobody around,” he thinks to himself and resumes his path.  Upon arrival at his destination, his gear is disinfected before he has access to the ...
Source: The Medical Futurist - August 4, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Prans Tags: Artificial Intelligence Augmented Reality Digital Health Research Healthcare Design Healthcare Policy Telemedicine & Smartphones Virtual Reality fda gamification Fitbit covid19 Apple Watch WHO gaming roche MySugr Foldit A Source Type: blogs

Will There Be A Second Wave Of COVID-19?
In short? Yes, there most certainly will. Or, looking at it from another perspective, there might not be a second wave as the first one won’t end. In any case, which scenario is more probable depends on your country’s leadership and decisions and whether people will be compliant enough to go along with the restrictions. Because how governments are preparing for it over the next few weeks will be crucial in the fight against the pandemic. The search is still on for a vaccine and it certainly won’t be ready by the time experts say the second wave hits the stage. Technically, to talk about a second wave, ...
Source: The Medical Futurist - July 30, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Judit Kuszkó Tags: Digital Health Research Security & Privacy Telemedicine & Smartphones vaccination coronavirus covid19 vaccine research leadership pandemic second wave flatten the curve researchers Anthony Fauci Mike Pence lockdown Source Type: blogs

2020: Jumanji Or Dystopia
“There’s No Going Back to ‘Normal’”, crudely proclaims the headline of a June piece from The Atlantic. “The Terrible Consequences of Australia’s Uber-Bushfires” reads a recent Wired article. One of our own April articles was titled “Will Medical Workers Deal With PTSD After COVID-19?”. If it wasn’t clear, an article published earlier this year in The Conversation rightly asks: “Are we living in a dystopia?”.  Indeed, what was once relegated to the fertile minds of fiction novelists has become daily occurrences. Many are drawing similariti...
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What Would Make Every Doctor Use Digital Health?
Here on The Medical Futurist site we often show snippets of the future we imagine for healthcare. In this vision that we often dub as a utopia, we envision healthcare to be invisible, seamless and preventive. COVID-19 brought us much closer to what we had foreseen (from telemed solutions and robots to A.I.), and these changes also made doctors feel the need to change. But, of course, it’s not as easy as that. Digital health is really quite simple: it’s healthcare through technology to both patients and medical professionals. Simplified as it can so be, it actually covers a growing field of science from weara...
Source: The Medical Futurist - July 23, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Judit Kuszkó Tags: Artificial Intelligence Digital Health Research E-Patients Future of Medicine Future of Pharma Health Sensors & Trackers Healthcare Design Healthcare Policy Medical Education Telemedicine & Smartphones Virtual Reality survey telehe Source Type: blogs

The Present And Future Of Digital Pills
Flicking your wrist as your smartwatch nudges you, you find a notification alerting that it’s time to take your digital pill. You grab one from your smart medicine pack, alert your GP, and ingest it with a glass of water. Thereafter, the pill broadcasts a real-time video stream as it goes down your oesophagus and into your stomach. Your GP is simultaneously monitoring the visuals, assessing the progression of your ulcer.  Afterwards, you have a video call with your GP who reassures you of the ulcer’s healing. She also notes that the digital pill contains your personalised medicine 3D-printed onto it and...
Source: The Medical Futurist - July 21, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Prans Tags: 3D Printing Health Sensors & Trackers Personalized Medicine schizophrenia digital pill otsuka abilify pillcam patch etectRx infarmate hipaa Source Type: blogs

Milestones Of Digital Health: Infographic About Its Timeline
“If you don’t know where you’ve come from, you don’t know where you’re going.” Maya Angelou is totally right. And exactly that is why we have created this timeline of digital health milestones. It contains the most important events from its history, coming to where we are at this very moment, and it aims to set ground for the next level of innovation. Technological development, especially on the IT-side, has also launched a consumerist movement in healthcare in the late 20th century. Then, as tech became more user-friendly, it fell into the hands of the average patient. It is now amaz...
Source: The Medical Futurist - July 9, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Judit Kuszkó Tags: Artificial Intelligence E-Patients Future of Pharma Healthcare Design Healthcare Policy Medical Education fda infographics AMA Tom Ferguson PatientsIncluded Lucien Engelen BMJ Patient Panel Source Type: blogs

Digital Health Ventures That Flew Too Close To The Sun
1.5 billion: that’s the number, in dollars, Forbes put for Proteus’ valuation last year. Dubbed as a healthcare unicorn, the startup even raised over $500 million in venture capital. It made headlines for developing the first-ever FDA-approved digital pill, one equipped with an ingestible and trackable sensor to monitor treatment compliance.  Researchers even proved the technology’s worth. In 2019, an independent study investigated the Proteus’ digital pill. They found it to be accurate, and even improved adherence of tuberculosis patients using oral pills equipped with Proteus’ s...
Source: The Medical Futurist - July 7, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Prans Tags: Artificial Intelligence Future of Medicine Future of Pharma Genomics AI cancer IBM google deepmind theranos Watson fail digital pill proteus deus ex machina tech giants finances otsuka Nightingale Source Type: blogs

Technologies Shaping The Future Of Pharma e-Book
Digital health is poised to bring its disruptive force across the healthcare landscape, and the pharmaceutical industry isn’t immune to the upcoming changes. Turning the point-of-care towards patients and empowering them with their health data, this cultural transformation brings about a radical shift in the traditional functioning of the drug industry. In our latest e-book, the Medical Futurist team analysed 11 of the major digital health technologies and practices with the greatest impact in this sector. From including patients in decision-making through personalised care to automating pharmaceutical processes, ...
Source: The Medical Futurist - July 2, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Prans Tags: Future of Pharma 3d printing AI digital health ebook drug development digital technology patient empowerment automation pharmaceutics pharmacogenomics robots ebooks digital pill chronic care proteus Source Type: blogs

10 Questions You Asked Us In The Q & A
It was a great honor to receive hundreds of questions before the live Q&A we recently had. There were in fact so many that I’ve decided I would share some of them here. These questions represent an ample mix of interests, covering a wide range of issues from A.I. to the future of medical education. And worry not if you haven’t gotten your question answered just yet: in the coming weeks we’ll also be writing articles that are based on some of the most intriguing questions. Re-watch the event on YouTube: #1 On The Relationship Of Doctors And Patients What sort of strategies can we...
Source: The Medical Futurist - June 30, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Judit Kuszkó Tags: 3D Printing Artificial Intelligence Digital Health Research E-Patients Future of Medicine Future of Pharma Healthcare Design Robotics Security & Privacy Telemedicine & Smartphones AI Hospital Medical education technology wearab Source Type: blogs

Handheld Retinal Camera As An Eye For Innovation – D-EYE Review
Sure, if something’s portable, easy to use and helps patients and doctors alike, it definitely ticks all our boxes. Does that mean we are going to test it though? Who are we kidding, of course it does! Join us on our journey to learn about the present and future of ophthalmology – and to get to know D-EYE, a new handheld digital retinal camera. Ophthalmology can really profit from telemedicine. Recognising its potential, tech companies started targeting this medical sector, producing more and more interesting apps and devices. So, naturally, we’ve kept our eyes on ophthalmology for the past couple of y...
Source: The Medical Futurist - June 25, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: szandra Tags: Future of Medicine Healthcare Design Medical Education Robotics Science Fiction Telemedicine & Smartphones review ophthalmology eye test d-eye Source Type: blogs

Lifestyle Medicine Could Be The Key For Digital Health Adoption
I’ve been wearing my Fitbit for a couple of years and only remove it when I shower. I use it to track my sleep and its smart alarm wakes me up at the optimal time every morning. With the pocketable Kardia, I regularly check my ECG at home to detect any anomalies. For an in-depth analysis of what my genetic makeup predisposes me to, I had my whole genome sequenced. And I bring relevant data to my general practitioner during my checkups so that we can decide on preventive measures. In short, I’m trying to live like the patient of the future. However, posing as such a patient is not feasible for many among us. ...
Source: The Medical Futurist - June 23, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Prans Tags: Lifestyle medicine E-Patients Health Sensors & Trackers Healthcare Design Medical Education Personalized Medicine sleep stress food scanner sleep apnea Apple Watch Dr. Vernes Baylor ACLM Source Type: blogs

The Rise Of At-Home Lab Tests
If I had to name which futuristic healthcare innovations are the easiest to put into practice now that can really make a difference in people’s lives today, I’d say one of those is definitely at-home testing. To have access to a wide range of analyses determining our lab markers and blood results without the wait at the doctor’s, at the lab, and without even meeting anyone… Sounds great. Not to mention that it’s already in the existing testing kits. We just need to use all these in a more systematic way. Pregnancy tests or finger-prick diabetes tests, for example, were game changers. They ...
Source: The Medical Futurist - June 18, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Judit Kuszkó Tags: E-Patients Future of Medicine Health Insurance Robotics Telemedicine & Smartphones blood test fda genetics theranos food scanner national geographic food allergy Nima microbiome test at-home tests lab test foodmarble Iama Source Type: blogs

Your Smartphone As The Swiss Knife Of Digital Health
7:39 a.m. That’s the time that your smartphone’s sonar deems as optimal for you to wake up today. With its gentle vibration from your bedside table, you pick it up to turn off the smart alarm. As you do so, your phone asks for your permission to use the built-in sensors and camera to run your routine morning scan. It analyzes your voice; evaluates your stress level based on a facial scan; checks your vital signs; and notifies you to take a picture of that mole on your forearm in order to detect any anomalies.  Thereafter, it outputs a comprehensible report with recommendations which you can send over to...
Source: The Medical Futurist - June 16, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Prans Tags: Artificial Intelligence E-Patients Health Sensors & Trackers Telemedicine & Smartphones stress health trackers Huntington's Alzheimer's disease covid19 camera apple health google fit WHO hemoglobin SpO2 Samsung oximetry F Source Type: blogs

What If The Gym Of The Future Is On Your Wrist Already?
Imagine this: the lockdown has just ended. The virus mysteriously disappeared (or there’s a vaccine already and you’ve got the shot), and you are heading down to the gym for the workout you’ve so desperately missed during the quarantine. Are you OK with touching the door handle? Having your temperature checked at the reception? Doing yoga in the studio?  The past months have changed our way of thinking about the gym. This has always been the place we go to do exercise, for we’ve got the motivation, the drive and, in part, the enthusiasm. The gym gave us the perfect surroundings to workout. H...
Source: The Medical Futurist - June 11, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Judit Kuszkó Tags: Artificial Intelligence E-Patients Health Sensors & Trackers Healthcare Design Medical Education Portable Diagnostics Telemedicine & Smartphones data wearables Fitbit sports health data gym workout future of sports Source Type: blogs

Learn Forecasting: How Can You Get Your Own Crystal Ball?
This article will help you better understand how futurists come up with forecasts; the challenges that come with crafting those; and resources that you can use right now to become a futurist yourself and get your very own “crystal ball”! On a more serious note, by understanding or even using the same methods that futurists do, anyone can distinguish hype from the actual trends that deserve attention because it might soon become a necessary skill. More science, less crystal ball Even though futurists often describe abstract concepts such as “computer-telecommunications hook-ups” (an early forec...
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Get Used to It: Remote Care Is the New Norm
After living through the past 2-3 months at home, remote care feels just like remote work does: a no-brainer. It is quite frustrating that a global crisis had to lead to this point. Just like in the case of (especially higher) education, people now start to realize how to leverage the tools that have already been there for a while. Once considered science fiction, remote care is today’s new standard. Let me show you how. There are many good examples of remote care solutions. It can connect patients and doctors without the need to travel (did you know that in Alaska patient records can only be transported on a sled...
Source: The Medical Futurist - June 4, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Judit Kuszkó Tags: Artificial Intelligence Digital Health Research E-Patients Healthcare Design Healthcare Policy Medical Education Telemedicine & Smartphones mobile app mobile health digital technology digital health strategy covid covid19 remote Source Type: blogs

The Digital Health Techs that are Here to Stay After COVID-19
There’s no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic will come to an end. However, what will stay with us after this period is over is more than chaotic scenes, a fear of mingling with others or the need to wear a face mask. More specifically, some of the digital health technologies that we’ve been advocating for have proven to be indispensable in this crisis and we will appreciate their contribution better from now on.  Nowadays, checking interactive maps is as commonplace as checking the news; smartphone tracking is gaining popularity as an effective contact tracing method; and we dedicated a whole e-book to h...
Source: The Medical Futurist - June 2, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Prans Tags: 3D Printing Artificial Intelligence Portable Diagnostics Robotics Telemedicine & Smartphones AI robotics in healthcare covid19 Source Type: blogs

Tech Giants in Healthcare: New E-Book with a COVID-19 Special Edition
Considering that the healthcare industry is expected to exceed  $11 trillion by 2022, it might not come as a surprise that big tech companies like Google, Apple, Facebook or even Uber want a share of this cake. Even if their business is flourishing elsewhere, these companies stand more to gain than green bills. More importantly, investing in healthcare is an adequate way to build user trust. Our latest e-book analyzing those endeavours and more is available here. Tech Giants in Healthcare This comprehensive guide, Tech Giants in Healthcare, clarifies how and wh...
Source: The Medical Futurist - May 28, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: berci.mesko Tags: Future of Medicine Security & Privacy AI amazon apple artificial intelligence genetics genomics google Health Healthcare IBM ibm watson research smartphone technology microsoft market Source Type: blogs

All the Things in Digital Health You ’ ve Missed During COVID-19
It’s been enough for a bit, isn’t it? For three months now, there has been little space in the world for any other kind of news. That is, news without the word ‘coronavirus’. But there was innovation, there is excitement and, well, even some weird (although useful!) inventions that appeared while the world has been in lockdown. So here’s an outlook on such news, all, promise, without that particular C-word. Hospitals have been facing great challenges recently. But they are on the verge of a new era that brings better care and more focus on the patient. This is a trend we have been talking a...
Source: The Medical Futurist - May 26, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Judit Kuszkó Tags: Artificial Intelligence Robotics Telemedicine & Smartphones Virtual Reality amazon diabetes smart contact lens Stanford University pharmacies Fitbit fitness trackers genome sequencing diabetes management genomic data 5G robot Source Type: blogs

Network Medicine in the Fight Against COVID-19
COVID-19 forced stakeholders in the healthcare landscape to adopt a new perspective in this sphere. Telemedicine rose to fame as a ready-made solution; artificial intelligence’s contribution became more apparent from early outbreak predictions to resource management; and digital health technologies lent a helping hand early on. Another promising area joining the fight is network medicine, a branch of network science. The latter field studies the interaction between actors within a network. Such analyses are applicable to virtually any sector, from the world wide web through social networks to how molecules interac...
Source: The Medical Futurist - May 21, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Prans Tags: Network medicine Artificial Intelligence Biotechnology Telemedicine & Smartphones AI MIT coronavirus covid covid19 vaccine research pandemic network science Albert-László Barabási Source Type: blogs

Debunking COVID-19 Conspiracy Theories
One person in Wuhan eats an uncooked bat, and your local Walmart runs out of toilet paper. This is such a surreal scenario, no wonder people are looking for alternative answers to how their normal lives got blown into pieces in the matter of weeks. And while conspiracy theories are usually a marginal phenomenon, in this age of misinformation, these theories seem to take over the place of truth and science. While the truth is usually complex and often hard to understand, these clean-cut conspiracy narratives are designed to prey on pre-established suspicions, so they can seem like viable alternatives. And unfortunately, ...
Source: The Medical Futurist - May 19, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Judit Kuszkó Tags: Conspiracy theories Future of Medicine fda drug research coronavirus covid covid19 pandemic plandemic Source Type: blogs

Choosing Between Life and Death During COVID-19: The A.I. Trolley Problem
Suppose you’re the sole witness of a trolley that has gone out of control, hurtling towards 5 people tied to its track, with no way to stop it in time. Good news: there’s a lever you can pull to alter its direction. Bad news: the other track isn’t safe either as it has one person tied to it. What will you do in this situation? Let the trolley continue on its initial course and kill those 5 people on the way or pull the lever to save them at the expense of that other person’s life? Source: https://www.lionsroar.com/ This ethical thought experiment, known as the Trolley Problem, was put forth by...
Source: The Medical Futurist - May 14, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Prans Tags: Artificial Intelligence Bioethics Future of Medicine Healthcare Policy covid19 Source Type: blogs

Looking Back At COVID-19 From 2030
We have already analysed how COVID-19 would have taken place in a digital health utopia, if all the digital tools had already been in place when this pandemic hit us. (Spoiler: it would’ve been much, much better). When weighing the possible outcomes of COVID-19, we drew three scenarios on how life will, can, and should change after the pandemic. This time we put on our VR headsets, fast forward to 2030 and have a look at what we have gained and what we lost to the virus. There are certain points in our history we all remember. Whoever lived, knew exactly what he was doing the moment JFK got shot. When the twin tow...
Source: The Medical Futurist - May 13, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Judit Kuszkó Tags: Artificial Intelligence Digital Health Research Future of Medicine Future of Pharma Healthcare Policy Science Fiction Telemedicine & Smartphones Virtual Reality digital technology Source Type: blogs

How Would Have COVID-19 Taken Place In A Digital Health Utopia?
What if the COVID-19 pandemic had been forecasted months in advance? And hospitals didn’t experience shortages thanks to the help of an A.I. helping administrators better manage their resources when facing such a virulent disease? What if telemedicine was the norm and unnecessary doctor-patient visits were eliminated, reducing transmission risks and helping with containing the virus faster and easier? What if patients could check if they’ve contracted the disease with at-home tests delivered via medical drones and self-isolate if they are positive? If these scenarios sound too good to be true, it’s bec...
Source: The Medical Futurist - May 12, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Prans Tags: Artificial Intelligence Health Sensors & Trackers Healthcare Policy Science Fiction Telemedicine & Smartphones digital health digital technology digital health strategy Source Type: blogs

The Top 5 Practical Digital Health Technologies in the Fight Against COVID-19: An Infographic
We reported on how digital health came to the spotlight early on. As we learn more about the disease, we see digital health technologies increasingly getting adopted in this context. We created an infographic to summarize all the digital health tech efforts against this pandemic.  This will help caregivers and policymakers understand how we can rely on technologies in the fight against the novel coronavirus; and which sectors and phases of healthcare are aided by digital health. In our infographic, listed on the Y-axis are the technologies making a significant impact in the fight against the pandemic. Indicated ...
Source: The Medical Futurist - May 7, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Prans Tags: Future of Medicine Telemedicine & Smartphones Virtual Reality digital health infographics covid covid19 Source Type: blogs

The Unlikely Rise Of Science And Digital Health During COVID-19
Over the past weeks, we have covered many aspects of coronavirus. From symptoms and digital health technologies, artificial intelligence, the rise of telemedicine and investigating why some countries have managed to keep the pandemic under control, through issues of privacy and mental challenges of healthcare professionals. We analyzed the possible outcomes of what will, what can and what should change in our lives after COVID-19 and even created a Handbook on the fight against the pandemic. But one of the most important aspects in all this is how different leaders around the world have responded to this pandemic. Were ...
Source: The Medical Futurist - May 5, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Judit Kuszkó Tags: Artificial Intelligence Digital Health Research Future of Medicine science covid19 leadership coron Thunberg Fauci Trump Topol Barabasi Brilliant Harari Queen Source Type: blogs

An Immunity Passport After COVID-19 And How Digital Health Can Support It
If you’re reading this from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, then you’re likely not the only one. Even at The Medical Futurist, we are working from home to bring you the latest digital health news in a timely manner. One of the latest trends of interest to governments is the immunity passport, or some certified methods to ensure someone has antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 in order to move around. We have already discussed scenarios about how and when the pandemic will end, but we’ve also analyzed the ways that life will drastically change. One of the major changes we could experience is the introductio...
Source: The Medical Futurist - April 30, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Prans Tags: Security & Privacy testing data privacy coronavirus covid covid19 immunity passport Source Type: blogs

Will Medical Workers Deal With PTSD After COVID-19?
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is commonly linked with war veterans. This mental health condition however can be triggered by suffering or witnessing any terrifying event like accidents, natural disasters,  violent experience – or a disastrous pandemic. It comes as no surprise that medical health professionals and other people in the frontline of the fight against coronavirus are expected to have a surge in trauma-related illnesses, particularly PTSD. Beside protecting and helping personnel physically as well as mentally, there are also digital health solutions that can come to the rescue. A Canadian r...
Source: The Medical Futurist - April 28, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Judit Kuszkó Tags: Health Sensors & Trackers Telemedicine & Smartphones Virtual Reality digital health ptsd stress stress management medical professionals digital healthcare coronavirus covid covid19 Source Type: blogs

Your Data Privacy During a Pandemic
Picture a scenario where citizens willingly have their every move tracked via their smartphones; their every bank transaction monitored; and have themselves tracked from CCTV footage. Pretty Orwellian, right? Dubious tracking from smartphones and wearables by unscrupulous third parties is what we explored in our article on the dark side of health trackers. However, this scenario is a reality in countries from East to West around the globe. Several countries have implemented digital surveillance to track the spread of the novel coronavirus. Others are contemplating this solution, while many believe it will linger after l...
Source: The Medical Futurist - April 23, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Prans Tags: Health Sensors & Trackers Security & Privacy Telemedicine & Smartphones data privacy cybersecurity tracking coronavirus covid19 contact tracing Source Type: blogs

Life after COVID-19: What Will Change?
The news is ripe with information surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. We saw the number of confirmed cases is plummeting in countries like South Korea. In a surprise move, Apple and Google teamed up to help track the virus. Some countries are even thinking of lifting their lockdowns altogether. Yes, that’s the good news we’re all looking forward to: when this will be finally behind us. Let’s have no doubt about it, this will come to an end, like we discussed in a recent article. We will have a vaccine and new, approved treatments based on millions of patients’ data. We will have new public health ...
Source: The Medical Futurist - April 21, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Prans Tags: Future of Medicine Healthcare Policy Telemedicine & Smartphones ptsd healthcare systems data privacy tracking coronavirus covid19 immunity passport vaccine research Source Type: blogs

Can Health Sensors Help Prevent A Coronavirus Infection?
It has almost become a meme to state that your smartphone is more powerful than the computer aboard Apollo 11 that helped men land on the Moon. In fact, your phone probably boasts over 100,000 times the processing power of that computer. Now, even laptop chargers claim to be more powerful than Apollo 11’s computer… The computer in your pocket or on your wall socket will not land you on the Moon any time soon, but these comparisons do help put technological progress into perspective. Considering that an Apple Watch can detect life-threatening conditions like atrial fibrillation, while a Fitbit could detect a...
Source: The Medical Futurist - April 16, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Prans Tags: Health Sensors & Trackers digital health sensors coronavirus covid covid19 Source Type: blogs

The (Sober) State of Artificial Intelligence in the Fight Against COVID-19
If you ask us at The Medical Futurist about the importance of artificial intelligence in healthcare, we will have a lot to talk about. We’ve seen how it could solve alarm fatigue in hospitals. We’ve analyzed the unusual associations the technology discovered in medicine. We believe it will usher the real era of the Art of Medicine. Dr. Meskó even embarked on a journey to better understand the language of A.I. So of course, with the COVID-19 pandemic, we had to explore the contribution of A.I. in this public health crisis. We came across promising endeavours involving such algorithms from mining for in...
Source: The Medical Futurist - April 14, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Prans Tags: Artificial Intelligence Future of Medicine digital health coronavirus covid covid19 Source Type: blogs

The Medical Futurist Handbook to Fight Against the COVID-19 Pandemic
Under the threat of COVID-19, governments are taking drastic measures worldwide to break the chain of the virus’ transmission. You yourself are probably reading this at home under a national lockdown or by practicing social distancing, effective measures recommended by public health authorities. Such advice from local authorities and recognized health institutions have to be taken seriously. Nevertheless, abiding to the #stayathome mantra does come with some caveats. It’s putting a strain on people’s physical and mental health who are forced to face the same walls every day. Relying on online outlets f...
Source: The Medical Futurist - April 11, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Prans Tags: Future of Medicine digital health ebook digital technology digital health tech digital health technologies coronavirus covid Source Type: blogs

How Germany Leveraged Digital Health to Combat COVID-19
If you take a look at the number of novel coronavirus cases, you will notice that Germany ranks among the top in terms of most cases. Now, if you take a closer look, you will see that the number of fatal cases in the country is merely a fraction of the total cases. Their mortality rate has been consistently lower than that of those nations sharing a similarly high number of confirmed cases like China, Italy and Spain. How does Germany manage those numbers? The truth is that even experts aren’t sure. “We don’t know the reason for the lower death rate,” Marieke Degen, deputy spokeswoman of Germany&...
Source: The Medical Futurist - April 9, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Prans Tags: Future of Medicine Healthcare Policy digital health coronavirus covid covid19 germany Source Type: blogs