Best Healthcare Technology Advances of 2018

Tis the season to rejoice to another phenomenal year for both technology and healthcare. We saw exciting innovations across all sectors and companies that have helped to propel the world forward. This year also brought with it it's a fair share of problems, such as concerns with security and data management. The issues present countless opportunities for continuous new developments that will make 2019 equally as revolutionary.


With that being said, we wanted to take some time and highlight some of the most remarkable advancements of 2018.

Healthcare robots

Robotics has gone from a nice to have, to an intricate part of our daily lives. Currently, robots are limited to accomplishing straightforward, repetitive tasks (e.g., welding a door into place on the automobile assembly floor), and they can do their tasks with greater precision and efficiency than their human counterparts. With the advent of machine learning, we are now witnessing robots expanding into a whole new host of activities.

Genomic medicine

2018 saw the rejuvenation of genomic medicine that is derived from one's genomic sequence. Nowhere is this more impactful than in cancer, a malady driven by changes in a patient’s DNA. Targeted therapies that are meant to act upon tumor cells with a specific mutation have helped to markedly improve the 5-year survival rates for aggressive cancers of the blood, breast, skin, GI tract, and other difficult to treat conditions.  Identification of common mutations in different cancers has resulted in more meaningful diagnostics to guide more accurate therapy decisions.

Our understanding of the genome and the functional consequences of specific mutations has enabled us to develop therapies specifically targeting mutations as cancer cells evolve to resist treatment.  As of June 2018, the U.S. FDA lists 101 approved targeted therapies for the treatment of different cancers [1]. We expect more discovers to be on their way because s our knowledge grows genomic medicine will continue in tandem.

Personalized medicine

Apple unveiled the fourth generation iWatch with new, health-related features. One feature – the ability to detect and record cardiovascular data as an FDA-approved electrocardiogram (ECG) device – represents the type of longitudinal data capture that will create opportunities for incredibly rich, data-driven analyses of human heart health over time. With Apple’s ResearchKit and the growing availability of genome sequences for individuals, we may be able to collect massive amounts of data that will inform studies all across the board, and lead to the identification of subtle indicators of disease states previously unknown.


We hope you enjoyed the list above; we strive to provide the most exciting and relevant content on the subjects of big data, technology and startup news.


References:
  1. https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/treatment/types/targeted-therapies/targeted-therapies-fact-sheet
  2. https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/starship-technologies#section-overview

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