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Digital Behaviours and Preventative Healthcare


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This presentation was delivered at the Wearable Tech Show held at the Business Design Centre in Islington London. It looks at the opportunities and challenges presented by disruptive digital technologies being developed for the health sector. It concludes that digital technologies which support preventative healthcare and personal health management are vital for the sustainability of public health services which are globally threatened by lifestyle related conditions such as obesity, diabetes and dementia. It highlights the dangers of over-dependence on technologies such as artificial intelligence and an unreasonable expectation that technologies can absolve us the need to take personal responsibility for our own health management.

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Digital Behaviours and Preventative Healthcare

  1. 1. Digital Behaviours Bad Habits or Opportunities? Walking Timebombs? David Wortley FRSA Vice President ISDM
  2. 2. My Background International Society of Digital Medicine (ISDM)
  3. 3. The Price of Progress ? Will the technology revolution damage our health?
  4. 4. Technology Timeline 1950 - 2018 40 Years 30 Years Analogue Digital
  5. 5. A Time of Exponential Change Ray Kurzweil What is the impact of exponential change and artificial intelligence?
  6. 6. Technology-Driven Health Challenges Is convenient and on- demand access to our daily wants and needs leading to a decline in the physical and mental challenges necessary for our lifelong development and health maintenance ?
  7. 7. Technology-Driven Health Challenges Modern Lifestyle consequences include many negative effects which place increasing demands on available resources and threaten the sustainability of public services for future generations
  8. 8. Obesity, Diabetes, Cancer & Cardiovascular Problems ● Sedentary lifestyle ● Convenience foods ● Comfort eating ● Inadequate exercise ● Couch potato syndrome ● Spectator society
  9. 9. Ageing Society – Cognitive and Physical Decline ● Declining working population ● Longer life expectancy ● Middle Age skills “scrap heap” ● Shift from families to care homes ● Rising costs of elderly care
  10. 10. What can be Done ? The consequences of a failure to address these challenges are unthinkable.
  11. 11. Shifting Responsibilities Who is responsible for our condition?
  12. 12. Who should be responsible for Health? 12
  13. 13. Clinical Solutions 13
  14. 14. Public Policy Interventions Taxes & Legislation 14
  15. 15. Public Policy Interventions Awareness and Education 15
  16. 16. Better Personal Health Management 16
  17. 17. Which is the Best Solution? Who will Provide the Solution? 17 Medical Professionals or Politicians or Citizens?
  18. 18. The Transition from Cure to Prevention It’s quite clear that the best chance we have for increasing our life spans and overall improving our health is to adjust our personal behaviours and to do so at an early age. 18
  19. 19. Serious Games and Health Leveraging Consumer Technology to Address Global Challenges
  20. 20. The Same but Different ! My Body is not a Temple it is a Vehicle
  21. 21. Navigating Life’s Journey Life is like a journey from the cradle to the grave. We know the starting point and the final destination and we are aware of the places en route but we have little idea of how long the journey will last and whether the route will be easy or difficult
  22. 22. Our Body is our Life’s Journey Vehicle Our body is the vehicle that will take us to our final destination and its condition determines where we are on that journey, the nature of the journey and how long it will last. Most of us do not know or monitor our body’s condition or properly maintain it
  23. 23. Lifestyle Technology Transforming Health Management Wearable and embedded technologies change the dynamics of our health management like the dynamics of car health management
  24. 24. Where are We and Where can we Go? Wearable and embedded lifestyle technologies can provide the tools to manage our health
  25. 25. It is Possible to Transform your Health Gamification and Enabling Technologies For Personal Health Management
  26. 26. It is Possible to Transform your Health
  27. 27. Role of Digital Technologies ● Measuring and monitoring ● Analysing and informing ● Visualising ● Predicting ● Connecting & Collaborating ● Controlling
  28. 28. What does the Future Hold? 30 Years 30 Years
  29. 29. Building a Sustainable Future through Digital Medicine / Health / Wellbeing ● Wearable consumer devices to provide advanced health metrics ● Healthcare costs linked to lifestyle behaviours ● Revolution in the healthcare ecosystem ● Use of wearable lifestyle devices for identity applications ● Growth in embedded devices that not only monitor but also control
  30. 30. Digital Behaviours Bad Habits or Opportunities? Walking Timebombs? David Wortley FRSA Vice President ISDM