The future of healthcare is already here as we speak. The rate of innovation and the exponential pace at which medical science is making advances is astonishing. Ray Kurzweil the futurist has predicted that in our lifetimes we may get to live to be 200. When you look at this at a snapshot in time, it may sound strange but the average lifespan of a human being only a hundred years ago was about thirty five. This has already been enhanced to in excess of seventy which means average lifespans have doubled in the last hundred years.
More research is being today done in a year than was done in the decade before. There are several things propelling this change, the most important being very fundamental discoveries in the past century ranging from the discovery of penicilin to the discovery of the human gene. Silos have broken down and computing, robotics, big data, artificial intelligence, automation, gene sequencing and analytical prediction work together to help analyze, understand and predict human disease and its cure.
It is not abnormal today for a robot to conduct a surgery to remove cancerous tissue and in fact you would be grateful to the robot for the precision and accuracy with which it is able to remove only the portions that matter. It is an exciting time to be alive. We have already witnessed several revolutions, the computer age, the internet age, the mobile age. The day of personalized and preventive medication is not far in the very near future and you will look back and wonder not just why you ever took a non-personalized drug but also why you targeted your entire body to treat a headache. We may soon be witness to a world largely free of disease.
I have started this new section to track and talk about changes happening in the medical world to create a more healthy human being. We may even be able to eat everything we want and not fall sick.