The Future of Preventive Healthcare

Posted by on Jun 16, 2016 in AMRA, Tech Pilots | No Comments

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Since this will be by last Tech Pilot blogpost, let us talk about the future. For a long time, health care has been about treating disease. But more and more health care deals with something called preventive health care. Wikipedia defines it as “measures taken for disease prevention, as opposed to disease treatment.” It is something that we are all very familiar with, it is why we get vaccinated as kids, it is the reason why women over a certain age (in Sweden) are called to mammographies even though they have no symptoms of breast cancer. Prevention. In the future we will become even better at detecting disease or risks of disease and then health care will change, perhaps you will not go to your doctor, not with symptoms but with information that you have an increased risk of developing alzheimer’s, schizophrenia or diabetes. The doctor will then help you with preventions, trying to minimize the risk, instead of treatment. We will always have doctors treating disease, people will always get sick and need treatment but perhaps we will move away from that little by little and more and more into preventative measures as we learn more about human disease and their risk indicators.

AMRA and their product is definitely a part of this future, not an uncomplicated one, old ways of doing things will be questioned. The Telegraph recently wrote that the groundbreaking project to scan one hundred thousand Britons could prove that the Body Mass Index (BMI) system is flawed and should be replaced.

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These problems with BMI are also put into question by AMRAs product (you can read about this in my previous blogposts). So things might change in the future, as they always have, and I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again, AMRA feels like the future. And there are most definitely those who agree with me – in April, AMRA was one of the companies on the 33-List , “Sweden’s 33 hottest young technology companies,” for the third consecutive year. It has been great fun following AMRA during the Tech Pilots project, I wish them all the best in all their future endeavours and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for them, and for health care.

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