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.
Healthcare In Estonia: Where Grandmas Go For Genetic Data
Imagine a country where citizens will have their genetic profiles integrated into the digital health system with individual risk scores and pharmacogenomic information, so when they go to the doctor, they will get fully personalized, genetic risk-based diagnosis, medication, and preventive measures. That’s where healthcare in Estonia will arrive soon.
Where Is Digital Health Heading In Denmark?
After reading the Danish digital health strategy, one of the most forward-looking examples of a government-supported objective to adjust the medical arena to the 21st century, we looked around what real-life projects aim to transform patients’ and doctors’ lives for the better in the Scandinavian country. Our findings are thrilling: the newly established Danish National Genome Center strives to have at least 60,000 whole-genome sequenced in the next 5 years, while the Copenhagen Healthtech Cluster wants to set up a network of data registers updated so fast that it might enable helping doctors real-time – perhaps even in the OR.
National Digital Health Strategies Around the World
As healthcare systems struggle with unsustainability, a shortage of medical professionals, while technological development is soaring, digital health seems to be a viable path toward […]
Canada Brings Automation to Healthcare: An Example For Governments to Follow
The Canadian government recognized the current challenges in their healthcare system alongside the rapid technological developments and their potential for changing medicine for good. Thus, […]