Personalised medicine and digital twins – the big trends in the future of healthcare

By Rubén Rodriguez (ERNI Spain)

The medical sector is preparing for a new era of innovation. The emergence of Artificial Intelligence applied to the healthcare sector, the evolution of personalised medicine, safety, ethics and data management are some of the factors that are reinventing research and healthcare.

Trends such as blockchain for the secure exchange of data, or digital twins of human organs are also some of the key players in the coming years.

Shaping the future of health

The medical sector is undoubtedly on the cusp of a revolutionary era, driven by artificial intelligence (AI), the evolution of personalised medicine and advances in ethical and secure data management. These elements are fundamentally transforming medical research and care.

Thus, personalised medicine emerges as a crucial trend to advance healthcare, using individual genetic profiles to make more informed decisions about prevention, diagnosis and treatment. This personalised approach reduces side effects and increases patient engagement.

In this context, the convergence of AI and precision medicine offers a unique perspective, considering genetic, biological and environmental factors. Here, AI  succeeds in identifying unique patterns and healthcare needs, generating insights, reasoning and learning to support medical decisions.

Precision medicine and digital twins

Data harmonisation has become essential for this revolution, and the security and robustness of the systems and technologies that manage this data is crucial. Blockchain technology is emerging as a relevant trend, enabling the secure exchange of healthcare data and guaranteeing the confidentiality and integrity of information.

At the same time, digital twins are revolutionising medical research: these virtual models reproduce real-world systems, allowing researchers to simulate their functioning under various conditions. Among them is the fascinating development of digital twins of the human body, with a particular emphasis on the brain.

Thus, it is projected that by the end of 2024, digital twins of the human brain will have reached unprecedented levels of complexity, opening the door to extraordinary advances in the understanding and treatment of neurological diseases, providing an invaluable tool for healthcare professionals.

By opening such doors, we uncover powerful trends in precision medicine and digital twins, and can explore how these revolutionary practices are shaping a future where healthcare is more personalised, precise and driven by optimal outcomes. The combination of these two forces undoubtedly promises to unleash significant advances in the quality and efficiency of global healthcare.

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