Medicine of the Future: Faster, Cheaper, Everywhere
Health is priceless. All the beauty we possess only matters if we have a healthy life. And day by day, the field of medicine is offering up new strategies for combatting diseases and even stopping them before they start. With the help of artificial intelligence and our work on household medical devices, we’re doing our part to ensure that everyone has access to these advances and the medical services they need to live a healthy life, while also making healthcare cheaper, faster, and more agile.
Health Is Everyone’s Right
Through our projects in the field of medicine, we strive to improve the living standards of people on limited incomes with insufficient access to healthcare. Our innovative medical work will make healthcare not only more affordable, but also more accessible. We are developing strategies to ensure top-notch, affordable healthcare is available to people everywhere, from well-developed urban centers to the most remote corners of the world.
Science, Skills, Technology
Medical advances are driven by scientific research and the new understandings it brings of the body, the diseases that affect it, and how they can be treated. Equally important to healthcare outcomes are the clinical experience and skill of our doctors and the role of technology. Technology contributes more to the healthcare ecosystem every year, both in the diagnosis and in the treatment of disease. At Tekhnelogos, we believe that all three of these areas—science, medical expertise, and technology—are fundamentally interdependent, and we incorporate all three into our medical R&D work.
In the future, computers will be playing an ever-greater role in many professions, including medicine. In fact, in the near future, we’re more likely to see a doctorless clinic than we are to see a driverless truck. This is because there’s so much more data and information available about the work of doctors than there is about other professions. By analyzing the decisions of doctors and the data from patients’ physical examinations using AI, we will greatly increase the performance of our diagnostic and treatment systems. Here at Tekhnelogos, we are excitedly preparing for this great revolution. We are working on a multi-layered AI diagnostic and treatment system where machine intelligence will be used in preliminary diagnosis, testing and imaging recommendation, definitive diagnosis, and, finally, drug and treatment recommendation.
Agile Clinics in the Digital Age
Physical clinics and hospitals will likely always remain the core of the healthcare system, but technology is making it possible to transport more and more of the services they provide to homes and smartphones. As this trend continues, healthcare will become increasingly agile, moving away from huge hospitals to small health centers, at-home devices, and smart apps, all of which will help to distribute healthcare more evenly across society and bring it closer to patients. For this new order, we are working on agile clinical models that will move health services to smartphones, supported by an integrated physical clinic where doctors and patients will have active online communication. These clinics will also provide us with the health data we need to train AI systems, turning digital records and information into better healthcare outcomes for all.
Telemedicine for Widespread Healthcare
Telemedicine, meaning remote diagnosis and treatment, allows doctors and patients to transcend the boundary of physical distance, long one of the main barriers to healthcare access. Technology makes this possible. Telemedicine requires smart IT systems and sensors that can take patient readings and transmit them to a doctor or smart diagnostic system. Some of this equipment might be as large as an ambulance or a large box, some as small as a purse or a phone. Sensors could be wearable, or even embedded in the human body. No longer will the reach of the doctor’s stethoscope be the determinative factor in healthcare. An ophthalmologist in Istanbul will be able to examine and recommend treatment to a patient in a far-off village a world away. The transformative potential of telemedicine is unparalleled in the history of modern medicine, holding out the opportunity for equality in healthcare for all; and in line with this potential, we’re investing heavily in R&D work in the field. Right now, we are working on a multi-sensor household telemedical device that will be able to take respiratory, abdominal, heart, and temperature readings and ear, nose, and throat images from a patient and transmit them to doctors.
Professor Mustafa Kamasak
Rapid progress in information technologies will lead to a transformation in the field of health, as in many areas, which will make the use of new technologies in the healthcare system obligatory rather than optional. One of these technologies is telemedical systems that will allow physician–patient interaction on different platforms. I anticipate that telemedical applications will be integrated into the existing healthcare system in the short to medium term. In this way, a structure will emerge in which our limited resources will be used more efficiently and effectively and all of the participants in the healthcare system will benefit
Medical R&D Projects
Integrated clinical software that allows remote physical examinations and facilitates the data entry of doctors throughout the treatment process.