The opportunities in digital medicine are limitless

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Issue 44: 8 December 2020
Every week, HEADlines brings you the latest news, stories and commentaries
in education and healthcare. This week, get insights on the latest developments
in healthcare.
Ushering in a new era in healthcare

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on the healthcare industry. Coming at a time when the world was largely unprepared to handle a crisis of such a large scale, healthcare leaders had to respond rapidly to fast evolving situations. 

While it often looked like the healthcare system was faltering under unprecedented stress, some of the best innovations in products, services, processes and delivery models in the sector were spawned during this time of emergency. For instance: 

Underpinning this is the shift toward digital medicine. McKinsey & Company estimates that global digital-health revenues will grow from USD350bn in 2019 to USD600bn in 2024. This covers everything from telemedicine, online pharmacies, wearable devices to big data and cloud computing.

For an industry that has traditionally been slow to ride on the digital and technology bandwagon, the pandemic has brought forth a new era in healthcare, and the opportunities for innovation and growth are limitless. 
Healthcare in the Spotlight
The UK has become the first country to approve a vaccine for mass immunisation against COVID-19. A total of 800,000 doses are expected to be made available for those most at risk.
The past month has brought with it a glut of good vaccine news. These five vaccines are the most likely to be ready sooner rather than later.
Rising temperature in Asia is leading to adverse impacts on human health and mental well-being. Global health and medical experts discuss what needs to be done to address this risk.
California fires are filling the lungs of the children with smoke. This has potentially grave effects over the course of their lives, including genetic changes in their immune cells.
The capital’s new regulations on TCM no longer contain clauses that could have meant jail time for critics.
The Alzheimer's Disease Data Initiative aims to put an end to the silo-ed approach to data sharing in Alzheimer's research, which is impeding understanding of the disease and breakthrough progress in this field.
Worrying speeds up the onset of dementia, a new study found. Mild cognitive impairment patients with anxiety symptoms were likely to develop Alzheimer's faster than their counterparts who did not have anxiety.

That's all for the week!
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