How can we live a healthy life for longer? And what are we going to do to tackle the ever-increasing cost of healthcare? By gathering more data about our health, making predictions about how our health will evolve and by working with our doctor to make the right choices for a healthy life. Perhaps we’ll even be paying a ‘personalized’ premium for our health insurance – just as we do now for our car insurance. Although technology and artificial intelligence will definitely play a major role in this story, legislation and other regulations will have to ensure that this is a positive story, emphasizes Peter Peumans, senior vice president life science technologies at imec.
Your medical records: lots of data – and they belong to you
In the future, technology will let us live a longer, healthier life. Good for us of course, but also a must for our economy.
In developed countries, medical costs are becoming untenable. Or, as Warren Buffet puts it so expressively: the cost of healthcare is like a tapeworm for the economy. To give you an idea, in 2016 the US spent 17.2% of its gross domestic product (GDP) on healthcare. Switzerland is ranked second, with over 12% of its GDP.