Artificial intelligence has a big future in healthcare, but it's not the only piece of technology transforming the world of medicine.
Hospitals are disappearing. While they may never completely go away, they will continue to shrink in number and importance. That is inevitable and good.
The companies are accelerating their efforts to remake health care by developing or collaborating on new tools for consumers, patients, doctors, insurers and medical researchers. And they are increasingly investing in health start-ups.
Singapore’s location has long played to its advantage. Ideally positioned as a hub for trade across the Asia-Pacific region, the country is a vibrant cultural crossroads that has resulted in companies creating innovative solutions that are shaping the wider world. It’s this spirit of innovation that’s made the island a key player in a number of global industries, including biomedical sciences, where the country is pushing boundaries in diagnosis and treatment for millions of patients worldwide.
What’s enticing about Apple’s project is that it will finally put clinical data directly into patients’ hands.
Nowadays, doctors can benefit from the collective experience of millions of patients they’ve never met. Increasingly strong computing power and advanced analytics including machine learning and artificial intelligence tools can scan vast quantities of health data in huge repositories spanning geographies and even generations.
Even if you are most comfortable with the established, mainstream medicine, there are many ways to become a co-pilot with your doctor while observing your own health.
Healthcare is a dynamic industry with significant opportunity, but cost concerns, uncertainty, and complexity can also make it an unnerving one. Substantial upside exists for players that can deliver value-creating solutions and thrive under uncertainty.
A host of changes hold out the promise that surgery will be more efficient, more effective and less risky for patients.
New advances in medical research could transform such techniques as gene therapy and liquid biopsy from futuristic hypotheses to everyday procedures; robot-assisted surgery is now a reality, and getting more sophisticated by the day.
Yet, the change is not going to stop anytime soon—if anything, much more is to come.
he sprawling institutions we know are radically changing—becoming smaller, more digital, or disappearing completely. The result should be cheaper and better care.
"Personalized medicine is really the medicine of the future, the medicine of today,” explains Kellman. “No two people are alike, even when it comes to disease. No two cancers are alike. We are so different, and there are so many levels that play a role in the development in any disease. Cancer is not just a tumor, it is systemic metabolic disease.”
Health is more about what happens outside the clinic. So why aren’t our high-tech health care systems better at addressing it?
Medical science is characterized far more by incremental advances than transformational discoveries. Nevertheless, few, areas of research have been hastened more by the technological advances of the past decade than medicine. Thanks largely to the expanding affordability of computing power, data processing, and increasingly sophisticated software, the “precision-medicine” promise of the 2000s is finally here. This raises the question of how far we are willing to go in “playing god.”
Every minute of the day, eCare21, a remote patient-monitoring system, collects thousands of pieces of health data about more than 1,000 senior citizens. The telehealth system uses smartphones, Fitbits, Bluetooth and sensors to collect information about things like blood pressure, physical activity, glucose levels, medication intake and weight.
Amazing technologies are coming to medicine and they are able to revolutionize healthcare in aspects we did not think before that it would be possible. We asked healthcare thought leaders how they see those changes, which the most promising medical technologies can bring into the life of patients and physicians.
Doctors can look inside you with magnetic fields and pill-mounted cameras. They use robots to perform surgeries and lasers to fix your vision. And yet, in so many other ways, the field of medicine seems stuck in the past. Doctors carry pagers. They make you call them to schedule an appointment. They force new patients—and even old patients with new needs or new insurance—to fill out a bunch of paperwork ... on actual paper. Doctors are Luddites in white coats.
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The most exciting change though will be the effect of artificial intelligence on diagnoses and medical problem solving which will, for the first time, pool humanity’s mental resources to take on scourges like cancer and diabetes.
Health care and the life sciences are currently entering a wave of innovation thanks to disruptive, computer-based technologies. Paradoxically, the evolution of machine learning, which raises the threshold of intelligent analysis beyond that of the human brain, can teach us more about what it means to be human.
The revolution is finally here—raising a host of questions for regulators, providers, insurers and patients.
Nanotechnology is refreshingly close to helping real, live people.
Medical startups are creating networks of freelance M.D.s to treat patients on-demand.
Harlan expects a sea change to take place in the way doctors treat chronic illness—and the way insurance charges for it. At the conference, Kass described a future where doctors write recipes as prescriptions and insurance companies treat food as a reimbursable expense.
New tools are tilting health-care control from doctors to patients.
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The perfect storm of technology trends is about to transform healthcare as mobile tech, genomics, connected devices and artificial intelligence combine.
Transgender patients often travel long distances and pay more for less-than-competent medical care. But as doctors embrace virtual treatment models, those problems may soon be obsolete.
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Health care is a misnomer for our medical system. It should be called sick care. Doctors, hospitals and pharmaceutical companies only make money when we are in bad health. If we could instead prevent illness and disease, it would turn the entire medical system on its head and increase the quality of our lives.
The good news is that technology is on its way to letting us do this.
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