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The shifting growth of healthcare and the leaning dependence on technology
As the world we know slowly progresses into a techno-hub of never-ending possibilities, the healthcare industry has similarly demonstrated the importance of continuous advancement in technology. From the development of "smaller" innovations like adhesive bandages to "larger" more complex technologies such as robotic prosthetic limbs and AI health assistants, technology advancement in healthcare has been paramount in accommodating the ever-changing needs of the generations.

The healthcare sector has already begun its adoption of AI and robotics into more crucial roles, especially in areas critically dependent on precision. Robotic-assisted surgery has been a hallmark in this technological wave of change, where the platform allows surgeons greater control and accuracy while granting patients minimal scarring and accelerated post-surgical healing. Similarly, AI has been forecasted to play an even greater role in preventive healthcare in the years to come, with more algorithms that could detect cancer or vascular diseases in its very early stages being advanced.

While there has been a surging focus on the preventive aspect of healthcare, the refinement of rehabilitative care has not been put on the back burner. The introduction of robotics and AI to improve diagnostic accuracy will serve to ease the process of recovery for patients by improving cost efficiency and providing more customized care. Robotics and automation in back-end logistics will also allow staff greater flexibility to attend to the personal needs of patients.

There will be no “Mars Generation” without these technologies

Visionaries like Elon Musk and Richard Branson are making spaceflight exciting again – turning our children into the Mars generation. Indeed, NASA is set to send astronauts to orbit Mars and return them safely by the mid 2030s. And a manned landing on the Red Planet will soon follow. However, this work will be in vain if health technology does not advance. Read more...

The Machines are getting ready to play doctor

A team of researchers at Stanford University, led by Andrew Ng, a prominent AI researcher and an adjunct professor there, has shown that a machine-learning model can identify heart arrhythmias from an electrocardiogram (ECG) better than an expert. The automated approach could prove important to everyday medical treatment by making the diagnosis of potentially deadly heartbeat irregularities more reliable.1 Read more...

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REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! The upcoming Innovating Care Asia Pacific 2017 Conference serves to bring about discourse regarding these issues. Held on 30th September and 1st October at the International Medical University in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, this conference will explore the areas of AI and Robotics in healthcare under the wider track of Wellcare in 2030. This track together with Innovative Care Models in 2030 and Re-think, Re-engineer for the Future are the main tracks that will be discussed and explored in this conference. Visit the website here for more details.

The Innovating Care Asia Pacific 2017 (ICAP) conference brings together government leaders, healthcare stakeholders and industry players to share ideas and innovations as healthcare systems in the Asia Pacific region transition from conventional medical and healthcare paradigms towards preventive wellness (Wellcare) models. This will be the forum for the sharing of ideas and lessons on how we can collectively best turn the challenges into opportunities for improving the health of people throughout the region.

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