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Health Tech’s New Year’s Resolutions – Nosta Lab’s president shares his ambitions for the year ahead

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2018 was a pivotal year for digital health technologies with major headlines of industry disruption dominating the news agenda.  

As we enter 2019, we’ve asked the leaders and innovators of the industry to look forward, and share their new year’s resolutions for 2019. They reveal the technologies they’re most excited about, the biggest challenges currently facing health tech,  and those they see having the biggest impact on the industry.  

INTRO

Today we hear from John Nosta, President of NostaLab, a thinker entrenched in the world of science, medicine and innovation. John is the founder of NOSTALAB, a digital health think tank that focuses on the emergence of digital health and the implications to health, wellness, medicine and the pharmaceutical industry. He’s currently ranked as the #1 global influencer in digital health and generally regarded as one of the top global strategic and creative thinkers.  

Here is what he had to say… 

Become active participants in the health tech process  

“My new year’s resolution is rather simple—it’s to engage technology and to create an “experiential relationship. Many people articulate the features and advantages of health technology but fail to incorporate these into their lives.  From simple telemedicine visits to exploring new technological options, it’s essential that we lead the way forward to becoming active participants in the process.”   

Unlock the secrets of humanity with data 

“The one thing I’m most excited to see from the health technology sector this year can be defined by one simple word; DATA. Our ability to unlock the secrets of humanity, from medicine to society, emerge from data and the associated analytics of machine learning and AI.  Data is the new oil, the new currency, and the new power to advance human civilisation.”   

“Interestingly, the some of the biggest challenges around technology are human.  The failure to unlearn and relearn is a tremendous obstacle to growth and transformation.  The emergent changes are very disruptive to establish norms and professions and shifting out of this “comfort zone” is being met with resistance and opposition—both conscious and unconscious.”  

The future is rich  

“Gene editing, CRISPR, AI and immune-oncology are on top of my list of technologies see having the biggest impact on the health tech industry this year. These are bold and deeply scientific areas.  The richness of health tech will be found among these areas and will be profoundly transformative.”  

“Moreover, from Alexa in your kitchen to Orbita in the examination room, we are seeing voice really take off. And for me, it’s exciting to see this adoption across the spectrum for consumer to clinician.”