Patient accountability/partnership will become the norm. Preventative care and early diagnosis will be the focus. Biometric data tracking will be used to establish a “digital you” against which predictive models can be run to forecast health risk so preventative measures can be taken. Everything will be connected and interactive. Surgical intervention will become increasingly minimally invasive. Nano robots will perform surgeries. Flexible electronics will be used in wearable devices. Sensors will be ubiquitous. Tiny, implanted devices will replace bulky, cumbersome external devices. Devices of all kinds will become “dematerialized”: they’ll be injected, implanted, worn as stickers and embedded in clothing.
That is an intriguing future to contemplate. What does it mean for medical product development?