The hype about technological development in healthcare should not blind us in terms of the probabilities and possibilities of today’s healthcare and the future of medicine. To remain objective and conscious but still optimistic, let’s look at the most overhyped technologies and keep in mind the realistic development opportunities in healing.
You know the saying: the pessimist says the glass is half empty, the optimist says it is half full, and, well, the cynic asks who drank the other half? I’m truly an optimist – especially when it comes to the future of medicine and healthcare, but we need to ask the uncomfortable questions as well.
Thus, my optimism is rooted in facts and objective judgment about the latest trends in healthcare, keeping both feet on the ground. Sensationalist media tends to overhype outstanding medical findings, creative healthcare solutions, and ephemeral experiments for the 15-minute spotlight, which does not help them become viable and sustainable in any way.
Look at the story of Theranos and its ill-famed founder, Elizabeth Holmes. After a decade of blind expectations, The Wall Street Journal has raised serious concerns about Theranos’ one-drop blood tests, and we all know now how it ended. Look at Optogenetics! The technology using light to control cell behavior in living tissues still remains a promise for the far future. Look at the iKnife which can detect cancerous tissue during operations! It almost vanished completely.
If something sounds too good to be true in medicine, extreme caution and clear evidence are required before spreading the word about it, since giving false hope is dangerous.