My article in FORBES published 26th of April 2017.
Civilization diseases, societal ageing, new microbe mutations that evade identification coupled with faltering health care systems are all inevitably a part of our near future. Medicine confronts such challenges with attention and hope, even a growing appetite as it observes the rise of the latest technologies. Doctors, researchers and patients have a good reasons to be upbeat about the future.
Can we be healthier?
I wish to highlight areas of overlap between technology and medicine in which I sense a potential for particularly momentous changes. As endeavors to prolong human life increasingly turn out to be futile (nothing appears to change the fact that people aren’t likely to live beyond a century and a dozen plus years), my imagination is inspired by other events which I see as true challenges. What concerns me the most is how rapid advances in IT may help humanity prevent diseases more effectively, detect them sooner and be less anxious about ageing. More specifically, one may wonder whether patients will accept “wearable” electronics and electronic armbands that will diagnose them without the direct involvement of a physician? Is it possible to use devices which, once inserted into the human body, will serve as “sensors” and detect illness symptoms? Will we ever see diagnostic systems for the early detection of e.g. Alzheimer’s? …
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