From science fiction to real world: Emerging technologies poised to disrupt healthcare

Create an environment where the patient data emanating from mobile devices can be easily and securely accessed and shared

“These tricorders were just a figment of someone’s imagination and wound up in the Star Trek shows. No one ever thought they would become part of our reality. But that was proven wrong,” said James Hoshor, senior mobile strategist and solutions architect, Propelics. “The healthcare industry is now using all kinds of medical devices – and tricorders are now being piloted in the industry.” More specifically, consumers can now use DxtER™, which was originally designed by Basil Leaf Technologies for the global $10 million Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE competition, to diagnose and monitor illnesses in the comfort of their own homes.

Indeed, a variety of emerging technologies from blockchain to gaming to virtual reality (VR) to chatbots to artificial intelligence (AI) are expected to change the way healthcare services are delivered. The move to this futuristic environment, however, appears to be a welcome one – as 78 percent of consumers ages 25 to 34 said they would use some form of gamification in their treatments, according to PwC’s Top Health Industry Issues of 2017 report.2

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