Pragmatic Digital Health

At the beginning of the year, we were invited to identify five distinct areas where technology would have an impact on the world of healthcare. The selections made by my colleague were as follows: technology partnerships; compliance apps; artificial intelligence; the increased use of 3D printing; and finally, somewhat most ambitiously, the bionic person.  How did we do? Well let’s start with the last two combined, as August saw the UK winner of the James Dyson award go to technology start-up Open Bionics for its prototype 3D-printed robotic hand. Unlike traditional prosthetics which can take weeks or months to obtain, Open Bionics claims to be able to 3D-scan an amputee and build them a custom-fitted socket and hand in less than two days. While admittedly not a bionic person, this…


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