A digital health revolution is under way that is set to transform medicine and healthcare. The convergence of technologies such as smartphones, mobile connectivity, and wireless sensors, to name a few, will radically transform health and med tech. Medical devices working in conjunction with smartphone apps will be key players in this revolution. For example, scientists at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) have developed a tiny, portable personal blood testing laboratory. A miniature device implanted under the skin provides an immediate analysis of substances in the body, and an external patch transmits the data via Bluetooth to a smartphone which sends the results to a doctor over the cellular phone network. To visually explain how this works, I created the med tech infographic below. I want to thank the scientists at EPFL for graciously taking the time to review this for accuracy.
To learn more about how the convergence of technologies is revolutionizing health and medicine check out “The Creative Destruction of Medicine: How the Digital Revolution Will Create Better Health Care” by Dr. Eric Topol.