Digital Health is a cultural transformation, not just a set of new technologies. Written by e-Patient Dave deBronkart and Dr. Bertalan Meskó.
The potential of artificial intelligence for making healthcare better is indisputable. The question is how to integrate it successfully into our healthcare systems. For doing so, we have to overcome technical, medical limitations, as well as regulatory obstacles, soothe ethical concerns and mitigate the tendency to oversell the technology. The very first step should be to familiarize with what A.I. truly means. In our latest e-book, A Guide to Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare, we summarized everything you need to know, so now, let’s look at the second step: the challenges to overcome!
The Canadian government recognized the current challenges in their healthcare system alongside the rapid technological developments and their potential for changing medicine for good. Thus, a Senate Committee invited researchers, ethicists, entrepreneurs, and futurists like me to discuss the way forward. Recently, they published their findings containing actionable recommendations for the future. This is the way every responsible government should follow if they want to bring their healthcare system into the 21st century. I’m honored to have taken part in it.
Did you know that there is a country where life expectancy for women reaches 98.7 years and 89.4 years for men? Where companies and individuals have been paying income tax only for a couple of years? Where the national football team’s captain has collected more than 600 football shirts during his career? Yes, there is a country like that. It’s a micro-state between France and Spain called Andorra. Are you curious how I as The Medical Futurist ended up there and what digital health could bring for countries with less than a million inhabitants? Read on!
Healthcare systems can become more sustainable with the help of disruptive health technologies through changing the building-blocks of the system: the patients and the doctors. Such a bottom-up method should also be facilitated by policy-makers.