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!
Every minute spent without treatment could reduce the chance of survival in case of medical emergency and trauma patients. Digital health innovations making patients the point-of-care could become a great help for first responders and emergency units in the battle against time. Here, we collected what trends and technologies will have an impact on the future of emergency medicine.
The widespread U.S. opioid & overdose crisis is an ever-increasing tragic concern for everyone: writhing victims, family members being fain to see their relatives suffer or die, doctors prescribing opioid pain-killers which they thought before as safe, and regulators imposed to handle a tough situation. Addiction. It’s painful to even read about the skyrocketing numbers of people suffering, thus we decided to map how digital health could help tackle the opioid crisis.
How do you live healthier with data? How do you get used to sensors and wearables? I receive plenty of questions after my keynotes about digital health; how it changes my life and how it could transform society in the future. A while ago, I was on stage in Lisbon, when someone asked me whether I think the use of health sensors might limit our freedom of choice. As it generated a discussion within The Medical Futurist team too, I decided to outline my position and the counter-arguments. Needless to say, I stood for technology not curbing our freedom in any way.
Have you ever thought that it would be possible to monitor drug overdoses, Zika cases or the spread of the flu in real time? Have you ever imagined that satellites wouldbe able to tell how and where a malaria epidemic will happen months before the actual outbreak? It is mind-blowing how, in the last years, digital maps developed to a level where they serve as effective tools for evaluating, monitoring and even predicting health events. That’s why I decided to give a comprehensive overview of digital maps in healthcare.
“It’s 2017, we should have a lunar base by now,” noted Elon Musk when he revealed his grandiose plans about going to Mars in at least five years. “What the hell is going on?”, he asked clearly not being satisfied with the current state of astronautics. However, I say, we should not only concentrate on the development of space technologies but devote more focus to advancing technologies to keep people well and alive on the Red Planet. Digital health opens amazing horizons there. That’s what I detailed in my paper in New Space.
Digital technologies, such as interactive maps, open databases, textbots, apps, telehealth services or drones have great potential to help people stranded in life-threatening situations and make first response teams more effective during disasters. Let’s see how!