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.

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 […]

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 […]



Healthcare Policy

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?

Future of Medicine

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.

Genomics Security & Privacy

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.

Healthcare Design

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.

Artificial Intelligence in Medicine

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.

Artificial Intelligence in Medicine

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?

Medical Augmented Reality

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 being in an initial phase, the study shows AR’s future promise in positively impacting lives of people with autism.