Better care at lower cost
Medical sensors with built in connectivity tied to health analytics provide clinical dashboards allowing care providers to focus on patients who are in the most urgent need.
From reactive to proactive
Mobile devices increase patient engagement and offer new opportunities for preventative applications and services.
From general to personalized
Increased accessibility, lower costs, and greater accuracy of whole genome sequencing are enabling a migration from general treatments to personalized medicine.
Augmented treatment and care
Robotics will play a critical role in healthcare in key areas such as precision surgery, assisted-living, autonomous trollies in hospitals augmenting and enhancing care.
Better care at lower cost
Telemedicine and remote patient monitoring
Healthcare today is primarily based on doctor/patient face to face interactions with the onus entirely on the patient. Chronic disease patients must monitor their own vitals and look for abnormalities which could trigger a call to a physician or worse yet a trip to the ER costing the healthcare system 10s of thousands of dollars.
With the broad availability of integrated connectivity and power-efficient compute, medical sensors are growing in use. Patient data can be captured seamlessly and sent securely to the cloud where health analytics can provide patient dashboards. This opens opportunities for enabling care providers to focus their limited time on patients with most urgent needs and to offer ongoing preventative care solutions.
Caregivers can directly contact the patient should an abnormality be found and either remotely prescribe a clinical course of action or ask the patient to come in for a consultation, potentially avoiding costly ambulatory or ER services.
Population health to personalized medicine
Traditional drug development has relied on clinical trials run across large demographically diverse patient populations, not accounting for individual genetic variances. Increased compute availability has significantly lowered the cost of DNA sequencing, while accuracy has skyrocketed.
The stability of underlying algorithms is now driving further efficiencies with optimizations for general purpose processing and for leveraging on-chip hardware accelerators from our partners to drastically increasing speed and scale. Analysis and treatment can now be targeted to the individual; assessing how person will respond to a treatment or find one alternative treatments that work well for that individual.
The possibilities and potential for genomics are enormous as they offer the promise to lead us to precision medicine, faster clinical trials, new drugs and treatments and potentially, in time, new cures.
Physical and emotional human assistance
Robotics will play a critical role in healthcare. A few areas where robotics has appeared include precision surgery, elderly care, and emotional companionship. Surgical robots are ideal for complex, invasive procedures where the precise calculated movements of a robot offer an unparalleled advantage over human hands.
Medical assistance robots help augment humans in the elderly care market where human resources are insufficient. Emotional robots such as Softbank’s Pepper recognize human emotions and adapt to your preferences and respond personally, mimicking a pleasant caring, likeable human.
The level of complexity and compute in these applications is diverse, covering both high performance decision making faculties and precision motion. Scalable ARM processor and multi-media technology, combined with a vibrant ecosystem of application and algorithm software providers enables evolving robotics applications.