Digital twins to revolutionize personalized medicine


Digital twins (DT) concept originated from the engineering industry.
AI helps in DT design to weave together organs’ physiological data to output a 3D image.
Siemens Healthineers trains its algorithms on huge database with >250M annotated images.
Enabling them to design digital heart models based on patients data.
Operator is able to test therapies on the model and look at the outcome.
Method already used in projects with hospitals in Europe to assess cardiovascular risks.
Concept still evolving, with only organ twins demonstrated.
There are some health trackers already available in the market to measure parameters.
These devices already offer a disconnected picture of the digital self.
Next step will be to link those insights to 3D- models of the organs.
Vital asset needed for this goal would be the patients’ data.
Challenges include data gathering and accuracy, also company profiteering.

Risk prediction and best therapy for a specific patient is a future possibility

Mentioned in this article:

Resource Benjamin Meder - Interventional cardiologist, Heidelberg University Hospital

Resource BioIntelliSense Inc. - Continuous health monitoring and clinical intelligence company

Resource BioSticker - Vitals monitoring device, BioIntelliSense

Resource Blue Brain Project - Swiss brain research initiative, EPFL

Resource Digital Twin Model - Physiological properties of a patients' organ simulator, Siemens Healthineers

Resource FDA - Ensuring safety of drugs, medical supplies and food which is used daily.

Resource Fitbit Ionic - Smart watch, Fitbit - Amazon

Resource GE Healthcare

Resource Heidelberg University Hospital - University hospital of Heidelberg, Germany

Resource Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) - American multinational enterprise information technology company

Resource NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Resource Philips - Dutch multinational conglomerate corporation

Resource Philips SmartSleep Deep Sleep Headband - Wearable sleep headband and mobile app, Philips

Resource Polar H10 - HEART RATE SENSOR, Polar

Resource Reuters

Resource Siemens - German engineering giant

Resource Siemens Healthineers - Medical technology and innovation company

Resource Swedish Digital Twin Consortium (SDTC) - Multi-disciplinary consortium

Resource Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) - University that specializes in natural sciences and engineering.

Resource The Economist

Resource Vivek Bhatt - Chief technology officer at GE Healthcare’s clinical care solutions division

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