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!
Imec researches capacitive, optical and radar technology to integrate in the user’s environment and in this way monitor – unnoticeable – his health.
Health freaks may wear a fitness tracker on their wrist, but there’s also something just as valuable coming soon for the non-freaks among us. By incorporating sensor and radar technology into car seats, armchairs and even office spaces, you’ll be able to discreetly monitor your breathing rate, heart rate and electrocardiogram (ECG) readings. In fact the automotive industry has already responded very enthusiastically to the technology, because it may well (indirectly) help prevent many accidents. But that’s not all: given that we are spending more and more time in the car, it only makes sense that it should become the ideal location for us to carry out our daily health checks.
December 4, 2017 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on December 4 released a new set of recommendations for creating medical products using 3D printers. The guidance details the agency’s stance on device design, testing, and quality system requirements.
For a relatively new technology, 3D printing has a wide range of clinical applications, such as building functionally accurate replicas of complex anatomical structures and facilitating surgery simulations to restore hearing loss, remove stroke clots, and repair hip disorders. The rapid evolution of this technique has led the FDA to release an early policy framework to help manufacturers bring 3D-printed models to the market more efficiently.