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Virtual Bodies For Real Drugs: In Silico Clinical Trials Are The Future
Traditional clinical trials are equivalent of billions of dollars and years of hard work with no guarantee for the new drug to be approved by regulatory bodies, not to speak about the dangers of testing medication on animals and/or humans. What if we could take a radical turn? What if we conducted clinical trials on virtual bodies that could perfectly mimic human physiology? With the help of artificial intelligence, enhanced computer simulations, and advances in personalized medicine, in silico trials might be a reality in the coming years.
When Technology Remembers: Digital Health And Alzheimer’s Disease
Gradual memory loss, cognitive decline, wandering off to unknown places, being unable to dress in the morning: to live with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease might be a heart-wrenching burden for both patients and their loved ones. As the global population ages, and the number of individuals suffering from these conditions rises, digital technologies must step forward and offer some solutions for early detection and disease management. That’s what we examined in detail here, so let’s see the intersections of digital health and Alzheimer’s disease.
The Impact Of Digital Health Technologies On The Future of Medical Specialties In One Infographic
Will digital assistants prescribe medication, will smart algorithms diagnose patients with malignant lesions based on CT scans, while robot surgeons do the dirty work in the OR 20 years from now, ousting doctors completely? Highly unlikely, but there are many fears around the advancement of digital health technology up to a point of medical professionals becoming superfluous. While we believe that fears about technology, especially A.I., replacing physicians are unfounded, we should acknowledge the impact of fast-paced innovation happening in healthcare on the various medical specialties. That’s what our latest infographic illustrates. Check it out!
Why Don’t Digital Health Investors Finance Solutions To Tough Medical Issues?
Why did activity trackers flood the digital health market, while there’s barely a company dealing with menopause, arthritis, or rare diseases? How do digital health investors decide when it comes to funding a new project, and what are the specific factors to take into account in relation to the healthcare market? We looked around what could scare off financiers from funding tough medical issues, and have a suggestion on how to bring forward solutions for marginalized health problems. Read on.
Digital Health And The Ebola Epidemic: How Not To Let It Go Viral
More than 1,500 deaths and 2,500 people sickened – that’s the recent account of the ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) raging in the country since last August, and recently declared a public health emergency of international concern. Experts say efforts to contain the virus are hindered by biological, public health, political, and cultural issues, but we looked around what digital health technologies could do to mitigate the spread and the devastation of the infectious disease.
What Happens To Your Medical Data After You Die?
How familiar are you with your digital health data footprint? Do you even know what kind of health data is generated about you and where it is stored? And what happens with this ever-growing pile of information after you die? Who owns this data and who can get access to it? Why could this even be interesting and for whom? We have dived into the mainly overlooked area of posthumous medical data and almost got lost. Here are our findings but just a heads up: it’s messy and complicated.
Everything You Need To Know Before Getting An RFID Implant
What if you could open your front door or unlock your car just by raising your hand? What about sending your LinkedIn profile or a dancing monkey GIF to a phone just by holding it? And what about turning on a coffee machine by pointing to it? This is not the future anymore. Wannabe-cyborgs with little RFID chips under their skin are living with us: thousands of people implanted the tiny devices already under their skin to be able to have simpler access to buildings or (other people’s) phones. Do you want to join the cyborg community? Here’s what you should know about RFID chips before you implant them into your body.
Great Concept With Unfulfilled Promises: The Omron HeartGuide Blood Pressure Smartwatch Review
When the Omron HeartGuide blood pressure smartwatch was introduced at CES 2018, I knew I had to test it. The device promises everything that’s mind-boggling about digital health technologies: a wearable health sensor with FDA-clearance for blood pressure readings that’s technically very difficult to achieve. At first sight, it seemed like the innovation that could put an end to inconvenient blood pressure cuffs and traditional measurements. Now that we have tested it, the picture seems to be less rosy: although the FDA-cleared blood pressure evaluation is impressive, it may take years until the wearable truly becomes user-friendly everywhere for all demographics. Now, let’s see the details!
Digital Humanism And Healthcare
Patients not only have to be put in the center of care, but also in the center of health technology. In a more general manner that’s what digital humanism is about. Instead of technological development serving the interests of big tech companies to the detriment of people by exploiting human weaknesses and by taking control out of their hands, humans should step up and say stop to technology degrading humans, creating or widening gaps in societies, disregarding diversity. Here are some ideas and principles about how that, namely digital humanism, could unfold in healthcare.
How Could Digital Health Fight Against The Climate Catastrophe?
Climate change is the greatest health challenge of the 21st century, and threatens all aspects of society, says the WHO in its COP24 Special Report. What could digital health technologies do to support the fight against the climate crisis? How could healthcare processes, facilities, medical devices become more sustainable? As it is humanity’s priority to mitigate the worsening as well as the impact of rising temperatures and extreme weather events, we tried to figure out what role digital health could assume here. We found many options – and even more possibilities for future development.
Just A Chatbot And You: What Does A Perfect Day Look Like?
It’s such a perfect day, drink Sangria in the park, feed animals in the zoo, and then a movie, too, sings Lou Reed in one of his catchiest songs, from 1972. But what would a perfect day look in the future? Whom would you drink your summer beverage on the green grass or watch the latest blockbuster with? Are you sure it would be a human? We imagined how a day could go down in the company of the technology that will know you best in the future: an artificial intelligence-based little digital assistant, your very personal chatbot.
Screens For The Poor, Human Connection For The Rich – Even In Healthcare?
Not so long ago, worries about the digital divide represented the anxiety that the rich will have access to more information and more possibilities in every area of life compared to those who cannot afford connected digital devices. Currently, trends show that human connection might become a luxury good for the rich, while poor families might not be able to afford living screen-free in the future. We asked how would that translate into healthcare and what could we do to ensure the treasure of human contact to everyone in the coming decades.
Into The Future of Gastroenterology With Digestibles And Microbiome Testing
Gluten? Lactose? Stomach pain? Digestive troubles? Way too many people suffer from gastrointestinal issues, and much less are aware of the digital technologies that can come to their aid. Did you know that digestibles could successfully replace the dreaded colonoscopy? Or have you heard about microbiome testing? What about the swarm of health apps supporting dietary restrictions? We took a deep breath and jumped into the universe of digital technologies just to bring you as much information about the future of gastroenterology as possible. Will you jump after us?
Top 40 Trends In Digital Health In One Complex Infographic
Digestible sensors? Artificial organs? Medical tricorders? Does any of these already exist, are their development in progress, or do they only appear in our imagination? The world of medical innovations is complex and diverse, full of promising technologies but also hype and marketing. That’s why we collected the most relevant trends that shape digital health in one infographic that also explains at which stage the delivery of these innovations stands, and which medical process and actor they influence. Check out the infographic here!
From Chernobyl To Mars: The Future Of Radiation Protection
In the minutes after block 4 of the nuclear power plant in Chernobyl exploded, no one knew that they are experiencing a disaster that never happened anywhere before on planet Earth. The public health, environmental, and even the socio-political consequences were disastrous and we can still experience the negative impacts. That’s why we posed the question of what public health authorities, as well as individuals, can do to mitigate the consequences of radiation exposure, and what digital technologies are available for radiation detection. In this respect, after our investigations, it even turned out that it would be beneficial to get to Mars as soon as possible. Are you asking why? We can only tell you to read on.