The tools of modern healthcare are increasingly, progressively rooted in a variety of digital technologies, like those that power sensors, computers, communication strategies, sophisticated algorithms for analysis, prediction, prevention, decision support, and so on. These tools are already transforming care delivery — and the revolution is just beginning.
Ever wonder how actor Dan Stevens’ facial movements seamlessly became the Beast in Beauty and the Beast or how the alien Thanos was portrayed in Guardians of the Galaxy? It’s called motion capture, and it’s the process of recording a live motion event and “magically” translating it into actionable data that allows for a 3D — or digital — recreation of the performance.
With any sport, the potential for injury looms in the background. But physical rehabilitation is completely transforming through the development of patient-centric, virtual technology that can increase access to care while significantly minimizing the need for student athletes to go to their therapist’s offices, which are often off-site and inconvenient.
I’m on the sidelines watching the movements of every soccer player on the field, anticipating the next sports injury. The game was well into the second half with no injuries and it seemed I would be able to go home early. But then, like a dramatic scene on ER, I see a coach collapse face down on the ground.