HOW To Use Digital Health To Start Running?
If you are an outsider to the runners’ massive community, it must be difficult to imagine how come putting your leg in front of the other very fast gives so much joy. However, we give you some ideas, show you some methods and technologies if you decided to start with a jog tomorrow. Let’s do it! Running shoes on! Why do people run? I never understood why people run. It’s tough, tiring and boring. You put one leg in front of the other. You go in circles, seeing the same landscape over and over again. If you don’t have music or company, there’s silence and loneliness all around. So, how come th...
Source: The Medical Futurist - June 14, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: From Chance to Choice Health Sensors & Trackers app digital health exercise fitness fitness tracker health apps motivation Personalized medicine running technology wearable Source Type: blogs

The Internet of Cosmetics And Beauty in The Bathroom of The Future
Smart mirrors might advise the clueless what to wear in the morning, skin scanners might find the most effective beauty products, toilets might eliminate urine tests, and bioprinting might help cosmetics companies discontinue animal testing. Technology will significantly re-shape our sanctuaries for hygiene, and to see how it will happen, we looked at the latest trends. Here’s an overview of what the bathroom of the future will look like. The bathroom – source of ideas and singing talents How old do you estimate the modern bathroom, everyone’s favorite space for singing? Did you know that 150 years ago m...
Source: The Medical Futurist - June 12, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Future of Medicine Healthcare Design artificial intelligence augmented reality bathroom beauty beauty care cosmetics digital digital health Innovation technology Source Type: blogs

What If We All Lived Beyond 130 Years?
Life expectancy is continuously growing but how far could it be stretched? Could you imagine that the average person lived beyond 130 years of age? How would longevity transform societies and our ways of life? Based on the book, My Health: Upgraded. The quest for immortality Humanity has been yearning for the secret of immortality since the first temple for the ever-living Gods was built, which might have been 12,000 years ago in Gobekli Tepe, according to the current state of archeology. The ancient legends and myths are full of tales about how men on Earth wanted to join the community of immortals. However, sometim...
Source: The Medical Futurist - June 9, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Future of Medicine aging digital innovation Healthcare immortality longevity Personalized medicine society technology Source Type: blogs

The Swedish Speed Camera Lottery And Healthy Living
Stockholm experimented with rewarding compliance while punishing free-riders: if you drove at or under the speed limit, you were entered into a lottery where the prize fund came from fines that speeders paid. The so-called speed camera lottery is the perfect solution for facilitating behavior change on the roads. But could social gamification improve healthy living and make healthcare systems more sustainable? The Fun Theory Put In Practice Kevin Richardson entered into Volkswagen’s The Fun Theory competition in 2010 with his idea about the speed camera lottery. The concept was so powerful, that a year lat...
Source: The Medical Futurist - June 7, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Health Insurance Health Sensors & Trackers Healthcare Design digital digital health healthcare system healthy lifestyle Innovation Personalized medicine wearables Source Type: blogs

Africa Is A Hotspot For Digital Health
Digital health in Africa is booming, and that’s the greatest news since the invention of broadband internet connection. The flourishing of disruptive solutions might go down to the fact that instead of relying on traditional infrastructure and a conventional healthcare system, populations in Africa need cheap, easily accessible and genuinely problem-solving technologies. Why, when and how have they got there? Read on! Disrupted infrastructure should be … Africa has the world’s worst health record. The birth-continent of the homo sapiens bears one-quarter of the global disease burden, yet it spends only 1...
Source: The Medical Futurist - June 5, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Future of Medicine Healthcare Policy 3d printing Africa digital digital health digital technology Innovation mhealth mobile mobile health smartphone Source Type: blogs

How Do We Review Technologies?
Health sensors, fitness trackers, mHealth apps, genetic tests are the air The Medical Futurist breaths. We test the user experience and write down our independent, honest and objective opinion. We have no connection or other financial interest in any of the companies sending us their products, and we do not have any economic gains out of testing. Read about The Medical Futurist’s review policy in detail! The chroniclers of health technology We aim to be the chroniclers of the development of digital health technologies. We analyze plenty of sensors, trackers, wearables, patches, apps or genetic tests – anything ...
Source: The Medical Futurist - June 2, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Health Sensors & Trackers digital health future health apps Innovation Medicine personalized review wearables Source Type: blogs

Ask Me About Digital – Everything You Need To Know
If you are reading this, you have probably seen the sticker ‘Ask Me About Digital’ on your primary care physician’s door. Here’s the summary of what that means. The Medical Futurist launched this initiative to bridge the communication gap between patients and doctors. With the sticker, your physician just encouraged you to ask about information you find online; the health/medical smartphone apps, trackers or sensors you use because your physician knows one thing or two about the digital world and is open to having a conversation about it. The ultimate goal of the Ask Me About Digital initiative is ...
Source: The Medical Futurist - June 1, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Empowered Patients From Chance to Choice Health Sensors & Trackers Healthcare Design apps Ask Me About Digital communication digital health future health communication Innovation patient-doctor social media technology wearables Source Type: blogs

HOW TO Avoid Jet Lag With Technologies For Short Travels?
The zombi-state of jet lag is a notorious condition for the community of travelers jumping from one time zone to another. As I constantly travel long distances for short periods of time, I worked out a method which keeps my overall inner clock intact. Let’s dive into how you can avoid jet lag with the help of technologies! Jet lag – The hidden cost of traveling You feel like your brain is covered with fog, deep fatigue rains over your body, sometimes aligned with nausea and constipation. No matter what you do, you wake up at 3 am at night and feel totally worn down the next day. For three to five days in a row...
Source: The Medical Futurist - May 31, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: From Chance to Choice Health Sensors & Trackers digital digital health digital technology Innovation jetlag personalized personalized health wearables Source Type: blogs

The Top 12 Health Chatbots
Meet Molly, Eva, Ginger, Replika, Florence, Izzy – your new chatbot friends aiming to make your life better. In the last years, smart algorithm-powered, text or voice-based interfaces have multiplied, and they are also taking their place in healthcare. The Medical Futurist believes they will ease the burden on doctors in primary care and help patients learn to take care of their health responsibly. Do you want to try one? Check out the following health chatbots! The age of chatting algorithms is coming Last week, Google stunned the world with the latest feature of the Google Assistant, Duplex, that was able to m...
Source: The Medical Futurist - May 25, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: imported AI artificial intelligence chatbot chatbots digital health future health chatbot Innovation List medical Medicine Personalized medicine technology Source Type: blogs

5 Reasons Why Artificial Intelligence Won ’t Replace Physicians
Hype and fears surround artificial intelligence taking jobs in healthcare. Will it render physicians obsolete? Will it replace the majority of medical professionals? The Medical Futurist decided to set things straight. Here are five fundamental reasons why A.I. won’t replace doctors and never will. The medical community should not fall for the fearmongering around A.I. At the dawn of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, automation and digitization are turning the job market upside down. Many fear that robots, A.I., and automation, in general, will take their jobs without alternatives. The same anxieties emerged in healt...
Source: The Medical Futurist - May 24, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Artificial Intelligence in Medicine Future of Medicine AI digital health insurance doctor Healthcare job job market physician technology Source Type: blogs

Healthcare Should Be Invisible
What if healthcare worked as an unseeable fairy mother with a swarm of digital helpers? In the background, many digital tools, smart algorithms, health trackers and wearables would work for your well-being discreetly, you could be sure that you are taken care of, but you would only sense that on rare occasions. How would you fancy the invisible healthcare system? The Medical Futurist believes that we should move in that direction. Healthcare should be what Zorg showed us in The Fifth Element Do you remember the scene from the brilliant Luc Besson movie, The Fifth Element, where Gary Oldman as one of the leading antagonist...
Source: The Medical Futurist - May 22, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Future of Medicine Healthcare Design AI artificial intelligence chatbot digital health health chatbot health trackers healthcare system Innovation robotics sensors technology VR wearables Source Type: blogs

9 Weird Predictions About The Future of Healthcare
Will you smell the robot in the room? Might documentaries explore the situation of bioprinted human organ transplantations on the black market? Will virtual reality cause a worldwide obesity epidemic? The Medical Futurist shares the weirdest ideas about how healthcare might look a hundred years from now. Or even further down the road. Let’s peek into a dystopic future of healthcare. Medical mind-games and weird ideas As The Medical Futurist, my job is to map out current technological trends, to distill the overall paradigm frame in which we are thinking about medicine and healthcare; and based on data, analytic...
Source: The Medical Futurist - May 17, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Bioethics Future of Medicine 3d printing CRISPR digital gene editing Health Healthcare Innovation robotics Surgery technologies technology virtual reality VR Source Type: blogs

HOW TO Improve Doctors ’ Work Environment With Digital Technologies
Work environment has a massive impact on doctors’ empathy, focus, and overall performance. Although some factors are hard to change, such as the location of the medical practice, relationships with colleagues, the payment structure or the patient population, there are marvelous technological responses, which could ease the burden on physicians and help decrease stress. And who says that great solutions can only come from outside? Here are some tips for medical professionals, how they could improve their workspace. Workplace optimization for higher medical career satisfaction Taking care of patients is not a job, it&r...
Source: The Medical Futurist - May 15, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: From Chance to Choice Future of Medicine AI artificial intelligence digital digital health Healthcare Personalized medicine technology telemedicine wearables work environment Source Type: blogs

The Digital Future of Pathology
Pathology is the motor that drives healthcare to understand diseases. While it does the job via the same methods as it did for the last 150 years, it’s time to change. Digital technologies could push the field into becoming more efficient and more scalable. They could transform the job of pathologists into a more creative and data-driven profession while allowing patients to receive diagnoses faster and more accurately. Let’s see how the digital future of pathology looks! The foundation of medicine, pathology, has not changed for over 150 years Although the whole edifice of medicine rests on the pathologis...
Source: The Medical Futurist - May 10, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Future of Medicine AI artificial intelligence biotechnology deep learning digital digital health medical imaging pathology precision medicine Radiology Source Type: blogs

Google, Please, Could You Make Me A Dentist ’s Appointment?
Mm-hmm, that’s right, Google just stunned the world at I/O 2018 with the new feature of its Google Assistant. CEO, Sundar Pichai replayed an astonishingly natural-sounding conversation recording on stage which he said was a real dialogue between the colleague of a hair salon and the A.I. making an appointment. In a couple of years, it will be common to make doctors’ appointments through A.I. assistants and health chatbots; while our prearranged meeting will be noted down in an electronic calendar by another algorithm. The age of talking algorithms is here! Natural-sounding A.I. with John Legend’s voice Pi...
Source: The Medical Futurist - May 9, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Artificial Intelligence in Medicine Telemedicine & Smartphones AI chatbot digital assistant future google health chatbot Healthcare technology Source Type: blogs

HOW TO Improve Your Mental Health With Technology
Technology and mental well-being might seem as profoundly antagonistic expressions. However, there are excellent digital tools to reach mindfulness and to practice meditation. You can even use these smartphone apps, virtual reality solutions, digital devices as de-stressing and de-toxifying means for getting out of technology – as, after a while, you will be able to practice all types of anti-anxiety skills on your own. So, let The Medical Futurist show you how you can enhance your mental and emotional health with technology. The need for taking care of our emotional health “Just as we observe physical hygiene ...
Source: The Medical Futurist - May 8, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: From Chance to Choice Health Sensors & Trackers anxiety depression digital health emotional emotional health Innovation mental health mental wellbeing stress management technology Source Type: blogs

The 40 Most Exciting Questions in Digital Health
There is only one thing The Medical Futurist loves more than speaking about the future of healthcare: to respond to provocative questions. What comes after the wearable sensor revolution? Can an algorithm diagnose better than a doctor? What makes someone a cyborg? Will we be able to read or transmit thoughts? Medical professionals, industry experts, young entrepreneurs, students, and patients had raised more than a thousand questions over the last decade after the keynotes – one is better than the other. Now you can read the 40 most exciting ones collected in an Amazon e-book. Questions move the world forward Accordi...
Source: The Medical Futurist - May 3, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Future of Medicine cancer digital digital health Healthcare Innovation Personalized medicine technology Source Type: blogs

Do You Have The Guts To Be Healthy? – The Thryve Microbiome Test Review
Few people know how important microorganisms living in our bodies are. They not only keep us company but influence our weight, our behaviors, even our mood. The revolution in genetic testing also brought the era of microbiome testing upon us, which could help improve our digestive system as well as our overall health. There are already several companies, which offer you a microbiome test, Thryve is one of them. Let’s see how their test performed! We are never alone – microbiome is our friend There is a joke that you’re never lonely just think of the many organisms with whom you share your own body. While ...
Source: The Medical Futurist - May 2, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Biotechnology Genomics future Genetic testing genetics Health microbiome Personalized medicine probiotics review Source Type: blogs

Would You Want To Know Whether You ’re At Risk For Alzheimer’s?
Do genetic tests help in preparing for potential future health issues or open Pandora’s box full of concerns, worries and hypochondriac thoughts? Would you want to know your genetic fate? Whether you are at risk for Alzheimer’s or a chronic disease 30 years in advance? Would you want to live with this kind of information? Would you take the BRCA test to find out that you are at risk for breast cancer? What would you do if you were? The Medical Futurist team contemplated situations requiring hard, life-altering decisions. What would you do? Our genetic heritage carries secrets that are difficult to process In Se...
Source: The Medical Futurist - April 28, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Bioethics Genomics alzheimer disease DNA dna testing doctor-patient doctor-patient relationship DTC future genetics Huntington's patient empowerment personal genomics Source Type: blogs

Virtual Reality Can Help Women Get Through Childbirth With Less Pain
Erin Martucci didn’t expect to be among the first women to experience virtual reality during childbirth, she just wanted to deliver her baby girl without epidural, narcotics or any other drugs for the labor pain. However, when her doctor, Ralph Anderson introduced her the equipment, the calming beach scene and the soothing audio giving her breathing instructions really helped her through the most difficult parts of labor. The Medical Futurist asked Martucci and Dr. Anderson what they think about the option of using VR for labor pain. Delivering a baby with VR It was a grey dawn in November 2016, when Erin Martucci wo...
Source: The Medical Futurist - April 26, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Virtual Reality in Medicine baby birth childbirth digital health future gynecology pain pain management technology VR Source Type: blogs

How Does Medical Virtual Reality Make Healthcare More Pleasant?
Medical virtual reality goes entirely against conventional beliefs about technology making healthcare less human, less empathetic and less caring. Virtual reality teaches empathy to med students, makes vaccination for children more sufferable, helps get rid of fears by treating phobias, relieves chronic pain or fulfills the last wishes of the dying. The many faces of medical virtual reality Although the use of virtual reality in healthcare is not widespread yet, the technology holds great promise. Goldman Sachs estimated in its 2016 report that 8 million physicians and medical technicians could make use of augmented reali...
Source: The Medical Futurist - April 24, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Future of Medicine Virtual Reality in Medicine chronic pain empathy Healthcare pain management pediatrics psychology trauma vaccination VR Source Type: blogs

How To Get Pregnant Faster? The Ava Fertility Tracker Review
The Ava fertility tracker offers a viable alternative to menstruation and fertility tracking apps as it promises accurate data measurement and a user-friendly solution for women trying to get pregnant. We tested the tracker and had an overall positive experience. Here’s our verdict. Biology tends to play tricks on women Before the digital age, the workings of the female body were even more mysterious and challenging to follow than today. Although women always had to be aware of the milestone dates of their cycles every month, tracking it was a hassle. Ten or fifteen years ago, paper-based menstruation calendars were...
Source: The Medical Futurist - April 19, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Health Sensors & Trackers cycle digital health female fertility gynecology menstruation personalized health pregnancy technology tracking wearables women's health Source Type: blogs

Ride-Hailing Platforms Could Solve The Problems of Transportation in Healthcare
Patients living in rural, suburban or urban areas with poor infrastructure often don’t have the proper means to get to the doctor’s appointment on time. In extreme cases, they could even wait for emergency situations so they can call an ambulance and receive care in a hospital. In the last months, both giant ridesharing companies, Uber and Lyft announced non-emergency medical transportation services, while start-ups, such as Circulation also promise to deal with the issue. Could smartphones and networked services solve transportation in healthcare? Why is getting to the doctor such a hassle? There is a little v...
Source: The Medical Futurist - April 17, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Future of Medicine Healthcare Design Hospital lyft medical transportation patient ride-hailing startup uber Source Type: blogs

Could ride-hailing platforms solve the problems of transportation in healthcare?
Patients living in rural, suburban or urban areas with poor infrastructure often don’t have the proper means to get to the doctor’s appointment on time. In extreme cases, they could even wait for emergency situations so they can call an ambulance and receive care in a hospital. In the last months, both giant ridesharing companies, Uber and Lyft announced non-emergency medical transportation services, while start-ups, such as Circulation also promise to deal with the issue. Could smartphones and networked services solve transportation in healthcare? Why is getting to the doctor such a hassle? There is a little v...
Source: The Medical Futurist - April 17, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Future of Medicine Healthcare Design Hospital lyft medical transportation patient ride-hailing startup uber Source Type: blogs

If Senators Don ’ t Understand Facebook, How Will They Make Sense of Digital Health?
Mark Zuckerberg’s testimonial in front of US lawmakers not only marks the significance of the data privacy scandal around Cambridge Analytica and Facebook but also shows how partially policy-makers understand the operation of that social media platform. If their notion about such a massive part of the technology world is so incomplete, what can we expect when artificial intelligence, bioterrorism, robotic arms, exoskeletons or other elements of digital health will be put on the table? The importance of being the regulator the tech world needs Mark Zuckerberg faced a two-day congressional hearing – one before th...
Source: The Medical Futurist - April 14, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Healthcare Policy bioterrorism Cambridge Analytica data data analytics data breach data privacy digital health ethics facebook future health policy law nanotechnology policy-making regulation sci-fi science fiction Source Type: blogs

The Future of Sports Medicine
Not only the experience of sporting activities and events, but also rehabilitation after sports injuries are changing due to cutting-edge technologies. In sports medicine, the future holds a shift towards prevention through genomics, nutrigenomics, countless trackers, and wearables, while there are many great technologies which aim to alleviate the pain and shorten the time of recovery – if, against all odds, a sports injury still happens. Technology will change the experience of sports injuries and rehabilitation When was the last time you went out for a run without Endomondo or had a bike tour without Strava? Have ...
Source: The Medical Futurist - April 12, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Future of Medicine AR exoskeleton genomics health sensors Healthcare nutrigenomics prevention rehabilitation sports sports medicine trackers virtual reality VR wearables Source Type: blogs

Rise in Population Genomics: Local Government in India Will Use Blockchain to Secure Genetic Data
Blockchain will secure the DNA database for 50 million citizens in the eighth-largest state in India. The government of Andhra Pradesh signed a Memorandum of Understanding with a German genomics and precision medicine start-up, Shivom, which announced to start the pilot project soon. The move falls in line with a trend for governments turning to population genomics, and at the same time securing the sensitive data through blockchain. Andhra Pradesh, DNA, and blockchain Storing sensitive genetic information safely and securely is a big challenge. Shivom builds a genomic data-hub powered by blockchain technology. It aims to ...
Source: The Medical Futurist - April 11, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Genomics Security & Privacy DNA future Genetic testing genetics Genome genome sequencing Health Healthcare precision health precision medicine predictive health Source Type: blogs

The Complex World of Cancer Pathways Explained in One Giant Infographic
The world of cancer is complex, non-linear and the fight against the deadly disease family requires particular attention from care providers. That’s why the concise, accurate and yet simple infographics created as illustrations for the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence’s latest guidelines for the investigation and referral of suspected cancer cases are pure brilliance. NICE guidelines for cancer investigation and referral revisited The word, cancer, hides the complex world of many disease types and groups behind those six letters too conveniently. Sometimes patients tend to forget that can...
Source: The Medical Futurist - April 10, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Healthcare Design cancer cancer care cancer treatment future infographics Source Type: blogs

NVIDIA ’s Medical Imaging Supercomputer Opens New Horizons for Diagnostics
Silicon Valley-based tech giant, NVIDIA presented its new medical imaging supercomputer, CLARA at the company’s yearly GPU Tech Conference last week. The artificial intelligence-powered platform is able to take even 15-year-old ultrasound images and augment them with visualized, 3D information in order to provide better insight for diagnosticians and advance the process of finding and curing diseases. Using the power of artificial intelligence to modernize medical imaging Jensen Huang, NVIDIA’s CEO said in his keynote speech how the company is aiming for „revolutionizing modern medical imaging using compu...
Source: The Medical Futurist - April 5, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Artificial Intelligence in Medicine AI diagnostics Healthcare Innovation medical medical imaging NVIDIA Radiology supercomputer technology Source Type: blogs

IBM ’s Video Censoring Patent Calls For Black Mirror
IBM’s new patent application about a real-time video censoring system was published end of March, and the thought of coming closer to a Black Mirror-like world lingers in the air. Would it be a useful tool for protecting copy-right content or a scary sci-fi vision coming true where parents withhold disturbing parts of reality from their children? What is scarier: science fiction imitating reality or reality mimicking sci-fi? Netflix’s sci-fi series, Black Mirror, shows with cutting-edge accuracy the darkest corners where technology can lead humanity. The producers stretch situations to the very extreme and...
Source: The Medical Futurist - April 4, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Artificial Intelligence in Medicine augmented reality black mirror censoring IBM sci-fi science fiction video censoring virtual reality VR Source Type: blogs

Early Study Shows Google Glass ’ Future Promise in Treating ADHD Symptoms For Autism Patients
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms in autism patients significantly decreased after just a short-period interaction with Empowered Brain, a Google Glass-powered educational augmented reality tool, outcome of a clinical research trial published in JMIR Mental Health on 2 April, World Autism Day, showed. In spite of its initial phase, the study shows AR’s future promise in positively impacting lives of people with autism. Gamified augmented reality against ADHD The preliminary study found that measures of hyperactivity, inattention, and impulsivity dropped by 56.4 percent in the patient group with...
Source: The Medical Futurist - April 3, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Medical Augmented Reality ADHD AR attention autism future gamification google glass Healthcare Innovation research technology Source Type: blogs

#PatientCV Shows Doctors How Proactive Patients Are
The idea of a one-pager skill-set called “Patient CV” created by a chronic patient for her future doctors generated quite a buzz lately on Twitter. Listing of personal health skills could enable patients to show their doctors they are active participants in their care. That means being a patient is not a passive adjective, but a very active verb. How to present complex patient info easily to doctors? The Medical Futurist reached out to the idea initiator, @betabetic or Lindsay Fallow, a software developer turned science journalist; who is coping with multiple endocrine problems including adrenal insuffici...
Source: The Medical Futurist - March 29, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Empowered Patients conversation future Health Health 2.0 Healthcare patient empowerment patient-doctor Source Type: blogs

Testing Food for Gluten at Home: The Nima Sensor Review
For people living with gluten sensitivity or celiac disease, eating could be a torment. Can I eat that delicious-looking pastry claimed gluten-free? Does this pasta meal contain gluten? All these burning questions could get a fast response from the Nima gluten sensor which promises to measure anywhere in the world in minutes whether your food contains gluten. As the claim looked too good to be true, The Medical Futurist tested it. Thumbs up for the Nima team. We were highly impressed! Food allergies, gluten sensitivity and celiac disease – an epidemic on the horizon? Food allergy has been referred to as the second w...
Source: The Medical Futurist - March 28, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Future of Food food allergy food sensors gluten health sensors Innovation Nima Personalized medicine review wearables Source Type: blogs

Top 12 Companies Bringing Blockchain To Healthcare
Security, trust, traceability, and control – these are the promises of the blockchain, the technology with the most potential in healthcare at the moment. As these are highly attractive traits for storing sensitive health data or for the operation of supply chains, many companies aim to leverage its powers for healthcare. We collected the most promising enterprises here. The buzzword of the year award goes to blockchain It would be a big surprise if the buzzword of the year award would not go to blockchain in 2018. Although the technology is indeed a game-changer, the craze and hype around it remind some experts of t...
Source: The Medical Futurist - March 27, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Security & Privacy AI artificial intelligence big data blockchain future genetics genomics Health health data health IT health market Innovation Personalized medicine Source Type: blogs

How Could Digital Technology Make An Impact On Primary Care?
General practitioners are the first contact point for patients and the building blocks of healthcare. Where do they stand on the issue of digital tech? The Medical Futurist Institute conducted extensive, survey-based research about the willingness of GPs to use the latest innovations in their practice and their attitude towards the future. Let’s see how could digital technology make an impact on primary care. A turning point in healthcare Healthcare is on the verge of a paradigm shift due to digital technologies, as our Digital Health Manifesto points out. Trends and research suggest that in the next years, medicine ...
Source: The Medical Futurist - March 22, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Digital Health Research general practitioner GP Healthcare Innovation primary care technology wearables Source Type: blogs

Medtronic ’s Smart Continuous Glucose Monitoring System Rolls Out This Summer
FDA approved a smart algorithm-based continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) system developed by the Dublin-based medical technology company, Medtronic. The Guardian Connect system for people living with diabetes and using multiple daily injections for their insulin will be rolled out this summer. It uses predictive alerts to avoid high and low glucose levels and allows better diabetes management. The first standalone CGM system with predictive alerts The Guardian Connect system consists of the Guardian Sensor 3 and attached transmitter, which sends continuously-collected glucose data via Bluetooth to the Guardian Connect app ...
Source: The Medical Futurist - March 21, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Health Sensors & Trackers artificial intelligence artificial pancreas diabetes diabetes management digital health future health technology ibm watson Innovation insulin Medtronic technologies Source Type: blogs

Which Direct-To-Consumer Genetic Test to Choose?
Due to the collapse of the price of genetic testing and the FDA’s gradual ease of the regulatory environment, direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing companies are booming. You can inquire your deoxyribonucleic acid about your ancestry, health risks, metabolism, and some start-ups even promise you to find true love or your kids’ talents. As the jungle of DTC companies is getting denser, more and more people ask me which genetic tests are worth the try. They love the possibility of getting access to their DNA but don’t know where to start. Here’s the DTC genetic testing kick-starter package! Naviga...
Source: The Medical Futurist - March 20, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Genomics 23andme ancestry DNA DTC future genetic test Genetic testing genetics Genome genome sequencing Health 2.0 Source Type: blogs

Three Sci-Fi Short Stories To Imagine The Future
My favorite pastime is to imagine how we will live years from now. What will we eat? What will we as interplanetary people worry about? Where will we find peace and how will we connect with each other? So, I often scribble down my thoughts into short tales and ask the question whether that’s a scene I wish for in the future. Here are three of my latest sci-fi short stories. What do you think? Should the future look like these? Dr. Big Brother I ordered steak. The menu item blinked in red twice in my digital lens but I didn’t care. I was very hungry and I love meat. Since it became possible to mer...
Source: The Medical Futurist - March 15, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Medical Science Fiction artificial intelligence diagnostics food future imagine sci-fi virtual reality Source Type: blogs

New Studies: Alivecor ’s Kardiaband Coupled With Apple Watch Detects AFib, Potassium Levels Accurately
ECG wearable manufacturing Alivecor’s Kardiaband was able to detect atrial fibrillation with very high sensitivity according to the latest study of the Cleveland Clinic published early March. When a physician actually helped examine the data, sensitivity reached 99 percent. A second study, conducted by the Mayo Clinic, showed that the ECG device, when paired with new artificial intelligence technology, is able to detect high potassium levels in blood non-invasively, which could signal diabetes or heart failure. Doctor and digital health tech: the best combination AliveCor’s KardiaBand is a novel technology tha...
Source: The Medical Futurist - March 14, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Future of Medicine Health Sensors & Trackers digital digital health ecg Healthcare Innovation technology wearables Source Type: blogs

Robotics, A.I. and Blockchain Redesign The Pharma Supply Chain
Exoskeletons will aid pharma factory workers. 3D printing will allow pharmacies to produce drugs on the spot. Blockchain technologies will help fight counterfeit drugs. These are just bits and pieces, but the entire process of the pharmaceutical supply chain will be affected by disruptive technologies. Let me show you a comprehensive overview how innovations will make it more efficient, faster and cheaper than ever before. Exoskeletons will aid pharma factory workers. 3D printing will allow pharmacies to produce drugs on the spot. Blockchain technologies will help fight counterfeit drugs. These are just bits and pieces, b...
Source: The Medical Futurist - March 13, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: 3D Printing in Medicine Artificial Intelligence in Medicine Future of Pharma Security & Privacy AI blockchain digital Innovation Personalized medicine pharmaceutics pharmacies robotics robots supply chain Source Type: blogs

The Ultimate Spring Reading List For Keeping Your Brain Fit
Reading is the best exercise for the brain so if you want to wake up your brain from the winter nap, read! Here is a spring reading list of my latest favorite science fiction and non-fiction books. Not only for geeks or wannabe futurists! It’s proven: reading keeps your brain fit When asked about reading, Japanese writer, Haruki Murakami said, “I go back to the reading room, where I sink down in the sofa and into the world of The Arabian Nights. Slowly, like a movie fade out, the real world evaporates. I’m alone, inside the world of the story. My favorite feeling in the world”. That’s what I f...
Source: The Medical Futurist - March 8, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Medical Science Fiction books future non-fiction reading reading list sci-fi Source Type: blogs

Revolutionary Healthcare Design: Hearing Aid Inspired by Crystals to Fight Stigmas
An Australian team unveiled Facett, a unique, patient-friendly and low-cost hearing aid. It embodies the perfect combination of innovative health technology and great design to help the fight against stigmas connected to wearing hearing aids and give hope for a more inclusive society. The name, Facett, resembles the truly multi-faceted and modular character of the hearing aid. It means if a certain part of the hardware is upgraded, has to be amended or modified, wearers don’t have to change the entire device, only parts of it. Moreover, users are able to manage their personal settings digitally, sparing Australians l...
Source: The Medical Futurist - March 7, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Healthcare Design future hearing hearing aid hearing technology wearables Source Type: blogs

The Future of Sex and Sexuality
Long-distance kisses, hugs, and caresses. Virtual reality porn stars. Sex robots threatening the world’s oldest profession. Technosexuals living with life-sized dolls. At the dawn of a new sexual revolution, it’s time to face where technology may take the most intimate area of our lives. If technology is everywhere, why would sex be an exception? A swarm of apps, such as Tinder, Happn, Grindr or online dating sites, as eHarmony flank the road of technology marching into dating. By now, even genetics is invited into romantic relations to help in figuring out whom we should spend the rest of our lives together. ...
Source: The Medical Futurist - March 6, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Bioethics Cyborgization future porn robotics science fiction sensors sex sexuality technology virtual reality Source Type: blogs

Digital Health Best Practices For Policy Makers: A Free Report
Where should the line be drawn when deciding whether or not to adopt disruptive technologies? As digital health brings up plenty of ethical questions, legal issues, and safety concerns, The Medical Futurist Institute decided to collect the best examples of how governments worldwide tried to adopt digital health. We hope it inspires other policy-makers to take the first steps in shaping their healthcare regulations. Our common goal is to arrive at a better future of healthcare Disruptive technologies spread around like wildfire, but healthcare systems are crumbling under the pressure of problems and changes. So, The Medical...
Source: The Medical Futurist - March 1, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Digital Health Research Healthcare Policy digital health strategy digital innovation future health policy Medicine technology Source Type: blogs

Getsafe Personalizes Insurance Through Digital Health
German InsurTech venture, Getsafe, launched its digital health insurance platform. In short, it lets users personalize health coverage on their smartphones. Flexible life companion covering changing risks Christian Wiens, CEO of Getsafe said in his blog post announcing the launch that it’s worth thinking of their innovation “as a flexible life companion that reliably covers all the relevant – and often changing – risks in members’ lives, from birth to death“. The digital platform is only available for the start-up’s already existing clients. It offers six insurance modules tha...
Source: The Medical Futurist - February 28, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Health Insurance digital health insurance future Healthcare Innovation InsurTech Medicine Personalized medicine technology Source Type: blogs

News From 2055: Gene Therapy Went Wrong? Mother Dies After Fetus Breaks Out Of Womb
A short story written by Margit Hilland Laerum as part of Dr. Bertalan Meskó’s course: Lessons in Digital Health at Semmelweis University. The dystopic scenario details possible consequences of gene therapies that might make us think about how to prevent ethical issues in time. Following the death of 26-year-old Petra Pollutino, NYPD has confirmed that the woman bled to death as a result of her 6-month old fetus bursting out of her womb.  Pollutino was attending a tennis match Saturday, 14 August 2055 at the New York Tennis Club when she suddenly fell ill. Witnesses reported gruesome scenes. They d...
Source: The Medical Futurist - February 27, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Medical Science Fiction future gene therapy genetics Healthcare Medicine scifi short story technology Source Type: blogs

New Zealand On The Way To Digital Health
Every stakeholder needs to prepare in time for the waves of technological innovation transforming the medical sector and the pharma industry. Regulators and decision-makers with the right policies could do the most for a swift and smooth transit into the future. New Zealand’s government recognized the challenges and made important steps to facilitate the adoption of digital health. Responsible governments prepare their citizens for technological changes With the spread of social media and other disruptive technologies, such as artificial intelligence, health sensors, robotics, 3D printing or nanotechnology, healthcar...
Source: The Medical Futurist - February 22, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Healthcare Policy digital health digital health strategy future health policy Innovation new zealand policy-making regulations technology Source Type: blogs

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