The data explosion in healthcare through digital health networks goes hand in hand with concerns of data privacy and security. The recent WannaCry ransomware attack impaired the smooth operation of several NHS hospitals in the UK; and led to burning questions about the state of IT security in healthcare on the individual or systemic level, and what the future of health data security should look like.
It was high time that the stethoscope, the symbol of the medical profession, was upgraded to represent the state of play in healthcare in the 21st century. Here, I reviewed the Eko Core digital stethoscope allowing the medical community to listen to lung and heart sounds crystal-clearly and digitize the results within seconds.
Although the medical tricorder will remain a dream to be chased by digital health innovators for the years to come, I collected the portable, digital health diagnostic devices currently on the market in case anyone is thinking about purchasing an effective gadget making the patient the point of care.
Through the rapid speed by which start-ups in the healthcare sector are multiplying, it can be detected what a massive potential digital technologies, such as artificial intelligence, virtual or augmented reality have in healthcare. At NVIDIA’s GPU Tech Conference in San José this year (#GTC2017), countless innovative and inspiring teams lined up aiming to bring the future to healthcare. These five start-ups were my favorites.
3D printing drugs is not a fantasy anymore. Unbelievable shapes and any kind of drug can be fabricated with the groundbreaking technology. The UK biotech company, FabRx believes it could even appear as a regular technique in hospitals and pharmacies for creating personalized drugs in specific doses within 5-10 years.
I have 60 responses to the pressing question on every skeptic, healthcare-oriented person’s mind: what has digital health ever done for us?
I truly hope that very soon I do not have to make an appointment at the GP when I suspect signs of a disease, but my GP will send me a message that she spotted something irregular in my latest test results and my digital health data, so I’d better visit. Let me show you in detail, how primary care should be carried out in the future!