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Life Sciences, Biomedical and ICT Convergence

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Delivering ICT Infrastructure for Biomedical Research

 

 

- Biomedical Research

"Biotech is the New Digital" -- Prof. Nicholas Negroponte, Founder, MIT Media Lab..

"Discovering causes. Developing cures." -- The University of California, San Francisco  

"Biomedical research is the broad area of science that involves the investigation of the biological process and the causes of disease through careful experimentation, observation, laboratory work, analysis, and testing. Scientists expand this knowledge base to discover ways to prevent ill-health, and to develop beneficial products, medications, and procedures to treat and cure diseases and conditions that cause illness and death in ourselves, our families and friends, our pets, farm animals, and wildlife. Biomedical research requires the input and participation of many individuals from both the life and physical sciences, with many different backgrounds and skills. Such a research team might include medical doctors, veterinarians, computer scientists, engineers, technicians, researchers, and a variety of scientists from the different fields of the life sciences." -- [California Biomedical Research Association]

 

- ICT for Life Sciences

As technology continues to evolve rapidly, so too does its impact on the way we work. From cloud computing and robotics to virtual reality and blockchain, the potential impact of technology on the rapidly growing field of life sciences is enormous. There are five technology trends in life sciences that deserve special attention: artificial intelligence and analytics, Internet of Medical Things (IoMT), data integration platforms, cloud content management, and information security. 

Accelerating the digital transformation of life sciences during the Covid-19 pandemic (2020) has put enormous pressure on the life sciences industry and tested it in unprecedented ways. Lockdowns shocked the system and exposed flaws, forcing every function to assess and adjust its roles and responsibilities almost overnight. To adapt to this new operating environment, life sciences organizations need to re-examine the digital technologies they are implementing.

 

- Biomedical and ICT Convergence

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(Bald Eagle, Seattle, Washington, U.S.A. - Jeff M. Wang)

The field of biomedicine involves the application of various natural science disciplines to develop knowledge, interventions and/or technologies for use in healthcare. The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector focuses on telecommunications, computing, and the integration of the two. The convergence of biomedicine and ICT presents enormous opportunities for the healthcare and ICT industries.

In addition to finding ways to treat and prevent disease, the convergence of biomedical and ICT technologies and solutions will improve treatment outcomes and overall improve the efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare delivery.

One of the fastest growing areas of ICT in healthcare is the use of wireless access for IP-enabled handheld digital devices. Wearables and implantable technologies promise to enable levels of monitoring and healthcare management unprecedented in the history of health sciences. From treatment management to clinical decision support, connected devices are rapidly evolving tools to advance the practice of healthcare.

 

- Embracing Emerging Tech Trends with Confidence

The healthcare industry is moving toward smarter, more precise, more predictable, and more personalized care, beyond the walls of hospitals and clinics. Healthcare technology is leading global transformation. Numerous innovations have driven transformative vaccine strategies and increased use of digital technologies such as smart imaging analysis and virtual care to drive new preventive care and treatment strategies. 

Gain insight into exciting new growth opportunities, strategic advice, best practices and future developments in: 

  • Transformative Vaccines
  • Virtual Care
  • Artificial Intelligence-based Medical Imaging
  • Hospital Efficiency Solutions
  • Digital Biomarkers
  • Microbiome Therapeutics
  • Combination Immuno-oncology (I-O) Therapies
  • Laboratory Information Management Solutions (LIMS)

 

- Possible Research Topics


 

 

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