Digital trends in the health sector

iToBoS members attended the Mobile World Congress not only to present the project proposal and receive feedback from the ecosystem, but also to discover and learn more about the latest trends in IT solutions applied to personalized medicine.

The evolution of healthcare is being driven by information and communication technologies (ICTs): new connectivity models provided by 5G, artificial intelligence, machine learning, big data, cloud computing, intelligent human-computer interfaces, cognitive assistants, image processing, digital twins, wearable medical devices, smart sensors, virtual reality, blockchain, electronic health records, ... ICT facilitate new models of patient care, with more accurate and earlier personalized diagnoses, new channels to maintain contact with the patient (and the family members and interest groups), as well as the identification of new business models based on productivity, efficiency, effectiveness and results.

Many conferences were devoted to these topics. Among the most relevant, we may point out the following, closely linked to the project:

  • Data & artificial intelligence for health, and the practices and innovation/privacy dilemma. Health data spaces, rules for a better governance, respect of patient’s privacy, etc. Number of initiatives are currently emerging across the world to build a better data environment solving the dilemma between unleashing and governing logics.

  • The hospital of the future: the role and organisation of hospitals are changing. In order to support the digital transformation of the health sector, new models and technologies are penetrating the walls of the hospital.

  • Supporting the Digital Patient: An interesting overview of the current global digital health landscape, including key statistics for health applications and mobile healthcare, the main barriers to using and adopting digital health tools, regulations in the digital health space, and how assessment and accreditation processes can help to overcome some of the challenges faced by cutting through the noise.

  • The future of personalized health and supercomputing: Computing capacities have increased exponentially these last years, and this has led in the medical field to breakthrough discoveries opening a series of new opportunities for innovative treatments and services to patients.

  • A new era of personalized treatment and the digital copy: the successful implementation of deeptech could propel a big step forward in the treatment of neurological diseases. The digital twins describe the development of almost exact replicas of different products for monitoring purposes and add-ons testing. The concept of personalised hybrid brain models has been presented.

Many healthcare players around the world have and are continuing to deploy massive investment plans for the next decade around the digital transformation of their sector. Governments (both national and regional authorities) and private stakeholders discussed on investments and upcoming opportunities, considering the investor’s vision, the opportunities of the telemedicine and the European vision.

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