Disruption in Medical Field
What new technologies will disrupt the medical field? Robotic automation of surgery and telehealth are two top trends that come to mind, for example, but what would need to be true to have them become adopted cross industry?
39 months ago
In terms of robotic automation of surgery, surgical robots will continue to advance, but are you asking about eventual removal of the doctor entirely for certain operations? The biggest hurdles would be the inherent subjectivity in our current approach to surgery, as well as variability from patient to patient -- not to mention the stigma surrounding "intelligent" robots that have the capability to replace a traditionally human job. As for telehealth, many researchers have predicted continued growth for things like routine check-ups, but healthcare professionals have expressed concern that many diseases/conditions are difficult to diagnose without being physically present with a patient. Regular routine check-ups often help to detect serious health conditions, so this raises concern for preventative healthcare.