A simple, round table with a desktop computer and a projector, where the patient and the doctor have their friendly chat. Whenever an examination is necessary, they cross the “blue line” in the room indicating the “boundaries of the clinic” elegantly. It’s definitely not rocket science, but the patient satisfaction index is soaring. What’s the secret?
I have 60 responses to the pressing question on every skeptic, healthcare-oriented person’s mind: what has digital health ever done for us?
Disruptive digital technologies could help in many ways in optimizing the process of blood donation. It could aid the recruitment of new blood donors, keep the returning donors motivated on the long run, or simplify and shorten the process of blood donation through robots or medical drones. Tissue engineers are even experimenting with artificial blood, so we might bypass blood donation in the future altogether.
In the fight against cancer, precision medicine is one of the most promising tools and the logical outcome of current healthcare trends. As start-ups offering personalized healthcare solutions multiply like mushrooms after rain, governments and regulatory agencies have to give appropriate responses in regulating the grass-root healthcare jungle. Here is my analysis about the potential and dilemmas about precision medicine.
Since the introduction of a special software and optimization of patient management practices in November 2015, in the Hungarian county of Kaposvár the average time from the discovery of a cancerous disease until the actual medical consultation about the treatment plan has been reduced drastically from 54 to 21 days. Those 33 days could mean the difference between life and death. Sometimes you do not need pricey or hyper-high-tech solutions for making a difference in healthcare. Sometimes it is enough if you respond to patients’ needs by optimizing processes. Let’s see how OnkoNetwork, the first Hungarian patient management network did.
Here is the edited speech I gave to the Canadian Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology, and I would turn to every government or parliament eager to reform healthcare through technology with similar advices. I hope that more and more regulatory actors will pay attention to the winds of change.
The field of medical AI is buzzing. More and more companies set the purpose to disrupt healthcare with the help of artificial intelligence. Here, I collected the biggest names currently on the market ranging from start-ups to tech giants to keep an eye on in the future.