Grand Challenges of The Medical Futurist
The future of medicine will be innovative, patient centered, digital and sustainable.
These are the greatest challenges we must overcome to make it a reality.
Embrace Disruptive Medical Technologies
Put Patients In The Center Of Healthcare
Digitize Healthcare Information
Shift Focus From Treatment To Prevention
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A short story on life altering disease, a technological future of medicine, and the need for the human touch.
“We don’t want to miss the train of digital health” is a phrase I often hear from pharmaceutical companies. However, there are no trains to catch anymore. Disruptive healthcare trends are the futuristic spaceships many pharma companies don’t even see flying above them. If pharma doesn’t prepare for the coming waves of change, it won’t have an industry at all.
Here are the science fiction technologies that make us believe the future of medicine is bright.
Three years ago I released a highly popular white paper that listed the top 40 trends and technologies that would shape the future of medicine. I analyzed how promising those trends were; whether they would benefit patients or physicians; and if they would improve prevention, diagnostics, treatments or long-term consequences.
While futuristic technologies are becoming available in healthcare, patients often can’t access them and the cost of providing care continues to skyrocket. However, innovations such as artificial intelligence (AI) and health sensors are set to reshape how healthcare insurance works and by doing so bring much needed reforms to healthcare as a whole.
Ray Kurzweil says technology is improving at an exponential rate. Peter Thiel says technological innovations couldn’t live up to the expectations. There are plenty of philosophies and schools of thought, but regarding the future of medicine, only two things are certain.
The digital contact lens patented by Google aims to change the course of diabetes management by measuring blood glucose levels from tears. While the prototype is going through vigorous testing, regulations must prepare to quickly allow this disruptive technology to enter the market and benefit patients.