Digital Health

Our Content Highlights on Digital Health

In the last part of our content highlights, it's all about Digital Health - from nanoparticles for transporting mRNA, to the potential of bots to relieve doctors, the use of high-tech for self-optimisation and the possibilities of 4-D printing in medical technology.  We at //next think it is fascinating to see what is already possible today!   

#1: Nanoparticles as mRNA taxis – TED Talk

by Ron Voigt, freelance journalist HealthCare and content manager

"Messenger RNA" has what it takes to become the term of the year 2021. BioNTech and Moderna are the innovators of the year for me. It fascinates me how many small innovations go into this big vaccine innovation. In this August 2021 TED Talk, an engineer talks about the nano-taxis that deliver the mRNA unerringly into the cells - so they can roll out the blueprint and make the virus defence themselves.

Kathryn A. Whitehead: The tiny balls of fat that could revolutionize medicine | TED Talk

#2: With high-tech to an optimised self

by Markus Sekulla, freelance digital consultant

Can high-tech devices help to stimulate the brain, to find one's inner centre, to achieve new peak performances? The idea behind the Muse headband, for example, is that the more data you have about your brain waves, heart rate, sleep and other bodily functions, the better you can optimise yourself. Can this work?

New technologies are promising a shortcut to enlightenment | Vox

#3: 4D printing in medicine

by Hanno Lenz, Innovation Steering at ERGO

The term 4D printing refers to the approach of printing a 3D object that can change over time - for example, by later unfolding or otherwise enlarging. 4D printing promises great potential for medical technology.

4D printing makes products almost alive (German only) | Die Welt

#4: AI voice assistants support doctors and clinic staff

by Ron Voigt, freelance journalist HealthCare and content manager

Even without a pandemic - doctors have too little time for their patients. Among other things, this is because they have to spend a large part of their work on the computer documenting. A study counted 4,000 clicks per shift. If you transfer the documenting to smart dictation devices (at best live during the rounds) and let the AI automatically assign and archive the snippets - then this may not be Rocket Science, but it is an enormously important solution to a massive problem in healthcare. And really good news for us patients!

The Rise Of AI Voice Assistants In Clinical Documentation | forbes.com