The first digital pill was approved by the FDA. Chinese researchers created the first gene-edited embryos. Microsoft launched a new healthcare division. 2017 was a year full of marvelous advancements in healthcare. So what’s next?
As The Medical Futurist, my whole life is dedicated to digital health and how it should advance. My lifeblood is technology, healthcare and their intersection. At The Medical Futurist Institute, we work with governments and policy-makers worldwide to help them synthesize all the changes so they can get the most out of those in their country.
Yet, unfortunately, I don’t have a crystal ball. I don’t even think this is what futurists should do, but people expect me to come up with predictions about digital health for every year. Yet, instead of blank forecasts, I point out trends every year. It’s no different this year either, so here are my expectations for 2018!
Medicine is networking. This means not only device that communicate with each other. Data sets from countless patients are analyzed, researchers are looking for similarities and find trends for diagnosis and treatment. You can learn more about M2M and Big Data in the halls 12 and 15 at MEDICA 2017.
Düsseldorf, 13-16 November 2017