Personalized healthcare and better population health? Here's how digital can help achieve that
2020-01-07 from weforum.org
- Technology is bringing us closer to personalized healthcare and optimized population health.
- But how we apply emerging technologies and digital innovation in healthcare needs to be strategic.
- Every aspect of healthcare, from R&D to manufacturing and pharma executives, must embrace a “Man + Machine” reality and collaborate to innovate.
In November 2019, an Italian surgeon used a virtual reality headset to travel more than 100 kilometres from his location in Rome to an operating room in Terni. His mission? To oversee a laparoscopic procedure being performed in real-time. Thanks to 5G’s low latency, the physician was able to view and zoom in on live images of the patient’s organs, providing live commentary to the physicians in the operating room. It was a monumental moment for modern medicine, demonstrating the potential of cutting-edge technologies to transform the way we reach and treat patients around the globe.
Innovations like this are becoming more and more common and it’s clear that technology is going to transform the way that we care for patients around the world – from prevention and diagnosis to treatment and beyond. As an industry, we’re edging closer to personalized medicine and optimized population health, two highly ambitious but important goals. But as we move toward this horizon, we must take care to apply digital innovation strategically across every aspect of our business.
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