The average life expectancy of an American is 80 years—for now. That number is set to march higher, with quality of life also improving, as the result of substantial changes in everything from our environment to healthcare. Simply put, we’re on the cusp of a longevity revolution. Recently, I wrote about how the air we breathe and the food we eat are laying the foundation for this revolution. But that’s just the beginning.
There are seven signs of this coming longevity revolution. In this article, I want to focus on the world of medicine—specifically, on how innovations in both hardware (such as wearables) and software (such as artificial intelligence) are moving us beyond a one-size-fits-all approach. Personalized medicine, fueled by the unprecedented availability of health data and sophisticated analytics, can extend our lifespans by revolutionizing diagnostics, treatment, monitoring, and drug discovery.
Indeed, the innovations that fall into this bucket could fill a whole book. As an introduction, this piece will emphasize wearables and AI, which offer a useful window into the promise of personalized medicine and its role in the coming longevity revolution.
Wearables enable 24/7 healthcare
Often, health is a lot simpler than we make it out to be. Apple Watch, for instance, is not just an activity tracker, but your own personalized healthcare device featuring heart rate monitoring, irregular heart rhythm detection, an ECG, fall detection, and emergency SOS. Soon, wearables will also be able to measure blood pressure and blood glucose for people with diabetes. This is just another example of the fact that the biggest players in tech are also on track to become the biggest healthcare companies in the future.
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