10 Years Beyond: The Role of Biomedical Computing in Future Health Care

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10 Years Beyond: The Role of Biomedical Computing in Future Health Care If one were asked to predict the future of medicine a decade ago, I am certain only the most optimistic of people may have gotten a few predictions right. The future of health care which is based of countless variables is difficult to predict but one thing is for certain that computation will one of the most crucial aspects of its progress. Be it diagnosis or treatment computational algorithms are ubiquitous. Advances in electronics and computer science are immediately being used for betterment of health care and solve its current problems such as high costs, disintegrated care and human errors. With personal electronics faithfully in keeping the Moore’s law technology has already put high computational potential in everybody’s pockets. It is quite reasonable to expect collection of information that is important for diagnosis to be shifted towards the patient’s side. Patients will even be collecting information from the inside of their bodies using smart pills and labs on chips. This rich treasure of information will be stored in a worldwide database. Seeing health care into a more decentralized structure. Thus a the dependence of medicine on Computation is bound to increase. It is quite a credible idea that health care will then follow an exponential growth pattern just like the computational sciences have. Therefore the trends of measuring simple parameters such as heart rate and body glucose level with the patient’s phone will give way to complicated diagnosis with the processing and communication apparatus now firmly planted in everybody's pockets. One recent research aims at developing diagnostic software that analysis the tremors of the muscles in th... ... middle of paper ... ...ly use the human potential by resource allotment to the most recent problems that are truly relevant to mankind. The future of health care looks like it is going to involve the improvement and integration of technology and innovations of the past decade from individual fields into a multidimensional system. Biomedical Computing could likely continue to be one of the most effective means of illuminating solutions to current problems in health care such as lack of access to care, disintegrated care, high costs, lack of adoption of innovations and insufficient access to data. Biomedical computing shows the promise of bringing health care to the less fortunate by reducing expenses and creating more robust, scalable and portable technologies. The future certainly luminous with the current progression but there still seems to be a lot of work to be done.

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