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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 advance at rapid pace, so too does its impact on the way we work. From cloud computing and robotics through to virtual reality and blockchain, the potential impact of tech on the rapidly-evolving life sciences space is enormous. There are five technological trends in the field of life sciences that deserve special attention: AI and analytics, Internet of Medical Things (IoMT), Data integration platforms, Cloud Content Management, and Information security.

During the Covid-19 pandemic (2020), accelerating the digital transformation of life sciences put tremendous pressure on the life sciences industry and tested it like never before. The blockade shocked the system and exposed shortcomings, forcing each function to evaluate and adjust its roles and responsibilities almost overnight. In order to adapt to this new operating environment, life science 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 is concerned with the application of various natural science disciplines for the development of knowledge, interventions, and/or technologies for use in healthcare. The Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector focuses on telecommunications, computing, and the integration of both. The convergence of biomedical and ICT represents a high opportunity area for both healthcare and ICT industries. 

In addition to seeking cures to disease and ailment prevention, the convergence of biomedical and ICT technologies and solutions will lead to improved treatment efficacy as well as overall improvements in healthcare service delivery efficiency and effectiveness. 

One of the fastest-growing areas for ICT in healthcare is the use of wireless access by IP-enabled, handheld digital devices. Wearables and implantable technology hold the promise of a level of monitoring and healthcare administration that is unprecedented in the history of health science. Ranging from treatment administration to clinical decision support, connected devices are a rapidly evolving tool for the advancement of healthcare practices. 

 

- Embracing Emerging Tech Trends with Confidence

The healthcare industry is moving towards smarter, precision, predictive and personalized care, beyond the hospital and clinic walls. Healthcare technologies are leading a global transformation. There is a significant spike of innovations fueling transformative vaccine strategies and increased use of digital technologies such as intelligent imaging analysis and virtual care to drive novel preventive healthcare and treatment strategies.

Gain insight into exciting new growth opportunities, strategic recommendations, best practices, and future developments in the following areas:

  • 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)

 

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