Digital Health and the Transition to NOTHING
It’s been over two years since I penned this article in Forbes and I believe that the story is even more relevant today. And simply put, it’s coming down to one simple phrase–DATA TRUMPS THE DEVICE. While many new trackers and devices are making their way to the marketplace, it’s my opinion that a central driving aspect of these innovation are based around algorithmic analysis. That’s the big news. The physical acquisition of these data are, in many instances, becoming less and less significant. However, we do see new and exciting “micro and nano-sensors” that combine data acquisition with a size that is barely visible. An example is Profusa This innovative company directly measures tissue perfusion directly from the subcutaneous space to provide a real-time perspective on tissue health and viability. And this is only the first step. I expect that Profusa will lead the charge for a variety of micro-devices that live innocuously and benignly under the skin. Additionally, the advances in analytics and data storage will allow that vast amounts of data to be stored and processed–making them less a “technological pollutant” and more a critical aspect of managing health and wellness.