The Patient Journey: How Healthcare is Revolutionizing in the Digital Age


Posted on: May 14, 2019 by Natalia Jiménez Lozano

The explosion of DNA analysis in medicine, supported by new technologies, is enabling a new healthcare model aimed at maintaining people’s fitness and wellbeing.

Here I explore the impact of this on a particular individual – Alison - in our infographic below. Alison is a 30-year old British citizen concerned she may have hereditary heart problems, following her father’s death from a heart attack last year.

Atos - Ascent - The Patient Journey: How Healthcare is Revolutionizing in the Digital Age

  • Step 1: Alison books an appointment online to see Dr. Smith.
  • Step 2: The doctor performs a whole genome sequence analysis. High Performance Computing and Big Data analytics are required to process the data and extract information – two important steps in the diagnostic testing.
  • Step 3: The sequence analysis finds three gene mutations related to heart disease and two gene mutations related to a hereditary condition causing Alison to have excess levels of cholesterol.
  • Step 4: Dr. Smith prescribes Alison a medication that has been tested in 100,000 patients with an identical genomic profile with good results.
  • Step 5: The doctor also gives Alison a smart T-shirt to wear that monitors her heart rate in real-time.
  • Step 6: The smart T-shirt is connected to a mobile app that sends the data to a trained system in the platform that is able to predict any abnormalities.
  • Step 7: Dr. Smith injects nanosensors into Alison’s bloodstream to monitor her cholesterol levels, data which is linked to Alison’s smartphone and Electronic Medical Record.
  • Step 8: Nanoactuators release an anti-cholesterol drug into Alison’s bloodstream when her levels exceed the normal threshold.
  • Step 9: Dr. Smith prescribes an aortic valve replacement, which is to be 3D printed based on images taken from Alison’s CT scan.
  • Step 10: A US-based surgeon supports Dr. Smith, carrying out a robotics-assisted surgery with augmented reality.
  • Step 11: Dr. Smith recommends that Alison plays a virtual video game to help her manage her pain post-surgery.

 

Read Health experts' insights in Atos Digital Vision Paper on Health to learn more from on the real revolution in Healthcare.

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About Natalia Jiménez Lozano
Director, Atos HPC, AI & Quantum Life Sciences CoE, Distinguished Expert and member of the Scientific Community
Natalia has a MSc in Biochemistry and PhD in Molecular Biology. Working in life sciences and technology since 2012, following 14 years in bioinformatics research, Natalia’s contributions have already been profound and significant. Having pioneered the development and application of the Precision Medicine model and since seen her vision realised in frontline care, in 2020 she achieved her dream of opening the HPC, AI and Quantum Life Sciences Centre of Excellence in Cambridge. She has been instrumental in starting a new chapter for Atos, partners, and customers to accelerate innovation to improve health outcomes and wellbeing of people worldwide.  

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