Future of Medicine
The Future Of Hearing: How Technology Might Turn Us Into Superheroes
Have you always wanted a tiny device in your ear with which you can listen in to the conversation that’s difficult to catch due to background noise? Have you always dreamed about becoming the master of every language so you could get along anywhere on the globe? The latest innovations to hearing technology enable not only the improvement of perceiving sounds for the hearing impaired, but they have the potential to even turn humans into superheroes with superhuman capabilities in the far future. Now, listen carefully, here’s how science fiction is coming to our ears.
How To Play Tricks On Artificial Intelligence?
While in the last years, sci-fi stories, experts and even some opinion-leader public figures frequently spelled the end of mankind through artificial intelligence, lately, it turned out just how easy it is to play tricks on smart algorithms and fool them into making errors. We looked around how researchers can hack A.I. and what that means for medicine and healthcare, mainly from a security perspective.
From Surgeries To Keeping Company: The Place Of Robots In Healthcare
Assisting surgeries, disinfecting rooms, dispensing medication, keeping company: believe it or not these are the tasks medical robots will soon undertake in hospitals, pharmacies, or your nearest doctor’s office. These new ‘colleagues’ will definitely make a difference in every field of medicine. Here’s our overview to understand robotics in healthcare better so that everyone can prepare for the appearance of mechanic helpers in medical facilities.
Our Guide To Artificial Intelligence In Healthcare
In the last couple of years, artificial intelligence moved from being a futuristic promise into a reference point for innovation. The technology also started to transform healthcare with great vigor. That’s why we thought it’s high time to talk about what A.I. can really bring to medicine, where does innovation stand at the moment, and what are the greatest challenges in its application to clinical settings. That’s what you can find in our latest e-book, the updated version of A Guide To Artificial Intelligence In Healthcare. Check it out!
From Theranos To Google Glass: The Biggest Flops In Digital Health
The tech start-up scene, investors, and news-reading audiences reward great stories on the edge of human capabilities – sometimes even on the boundary of science and science fiction – with their attention, money, or invested energy. However, sometimes marketing machines are better than actual technologies, and the ‘little bubbles’ around companies burst. Here, we collected the most promising digital health ideas and companies over the years that proved to be the greatest flops in medical innovation so far.
What Happens When Genomics Meets Politics?
The number of people having their genomes sequenced could reach more than 100 million by 2025, researchers estimated. Policy-makers around the world started to realize the incredible potential in genomics for population health in the last 3-5 years, but there are huge question marks whether they can manage the use of this incredibly useful pool of data in an appropriate framework, with well-thought-out means, for the right purposes, meaning for the well-being of humans and communities in the present and the future. Here, we launched an article series to look at the countries with the most experience. Let’s start with a truly positive example: the fairytale from the digital republic: Estonia.
Breathtaking: The Future Of Respiratory Care And Pulmonology
Smoke-measuring smart shirts, breath sound analyzing algorithms, and smart inhalers pave the way of pulmonology and respiratory care into the future. As the number of patients suffering from asthma, COPD, or lung cancer due to rising air pollution and steady smoker-levels will unfortunately not decrease any time soon, we looked around what technology can do to help both patients and caregivers. The results are breathtaking.
Tech Goes Berserk: Murphy’s Day With Failing Medical Technology
Whatever can go wrong, will. Murphy’s law. As it can happen anytime, anywhere to anything and anyone, why would new technologies mean an exception? We imagined in a short story how would a day with constantly failing technology look in the future. Fasten your seat belts, doomsday is coming!
A.I. Bias In Healthcare
Logical, reasoned, and rational masterpieces of human intelligence that are assumed to make objective, logical, reasoned decisions and choices. Instead, what the scientific community had to follow lately was how praised smart algorithms proved to be just as biased and judgmental as their human masters, sometimes even leading to scientifically questionable or discriminatory outcomes. Where does A.I. bias come from, how does it appear in healthcare, and what can we do about it?
How To Make Life Worth Living Way Over Current Life Expectancy?
Unfair question: how long would you like to live if you could choose? 70? 80? 90? Everyone wants to live as long as possible, but would you like to live one more year if you’d know you’ll spend it without the ability to use the full range of your physical and/or cognitive capacities? Quality matters just as much as quantity – and with life expectancies reaching well above 80 in many countries, we should concentrate more and more on the former. So, how could technologies help aging society stay healthy as long as possible? How could innovation help make life worth living over 90?
Voice To Text Technologies Shape The Future Of Electronic Medical Records
Typing memos about patient-doctor encounters into EHRs are so time-consuming that the demand for medical scribes has grown exponentially in the last couple of years. That alone still cannot solve the problem that half of physicians’ average workdays are spent conducting clerical work and administration. Artificial intelligence-based voice to text technologies promise to turn the tables: the doctor and the patient speak while a voice assistant listens in and puts down the interpreted text into the relevant columns in the EHRs. Sounds like science fiction? That’s no longer the case. We looked around where the technology stands today and how it could cure ‘desktop medicine’ in the future.
Do Virtual Simulations Prepare For Medical Realities?
How do you study organs and complex living structures in two dimensions? It’s like trying to piece together life on the planet in the age of the dinosaurs from fossils – almost impossible. So why do medical schools require students to learn the tricks of the trade from densely written books and PowerPoint presentations? Luckily, the advancement of technology brought in another dimension: virtual reality. So, we looked around to what extent VR as a three-dimensional teaching tool can support medical education. Let’s dive into virtual laparoscopy, simulated empathy, and co.
Where Does Diabetes Technology Stand In 2019?
Diabetes management went through a radical transformation in the last years due to technology: the diabetes patient community found a strong voice online, continuous glucose monitors are taking the place of finger pricks, digital patches and insulin pumps make the dosage of insulin more predictable, and connected devices promise the era of artificial pancreas real soon. We looked around where diabetes technology stands today and what could we expect in the next 5-10 years?
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.