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Digital twins to revolutionize personalized medicine

19-Mar-2020

Key points from article :

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:

Health Organisation
Benjamin Meder
- Interventional cardiologist, Heidelberg University Hospital
Company
BioIntelliSense Inc.
- Continuous health monitoring and clinical intelligence company
Product
BioSticker
- Vitals monitoring device, BioIntelliSense
Research
Blue Brain Project
- Swiss brain research initiative, EPFL
Application
Digital Twin Model
- Physiological properties of a patients' organ simulator, Siemens Healthineers
Company
FDA
- Ensuring safety of drugs, medical supplies and food which is used daily.
Product
Fitbit Ionic
- Smart watch, Fitbit - Amazon
Health Organisation
Heidelberg University Hospital
- University hospital of Heidelberg, Germany
Company
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE)
- American multinational enterprise information technology company
Institute
NASA
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Company
Philips
- Dutch multinational conglomerate corporation
Product
Philips SmartSleep Deep Sleep Headband
- Wearable sleep headband and mobile app, Philips
Product
Polar H10
- HEART RATE SENSOR, Polar
Company
Siemens
- German engineering giant
Company
Siemens Healthineers
- Medical technology and innovation company
Company
Swedish Digital Twin Consortium (SDTC)
- Multi-disciplinary consortium
Institute
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL)
- University that specializes in natural sciences and engineering.
Company Representative
Vivek Bhatt
- Chief technology officer at GE Healthcare’s clinical care solutions division