How can the law accommodate the use of new technologies in healthcare?

Healthcare products and services are areas of disruption in the coming years. As new technologies develop and become ubiquitous, their uses spread to the most critical parts of society. These changes will shape how healthcare is delivered and measured across society, shifting forces and empowering patients by providing a different set of choices for care and prevention. FutureHealth, the first research branch of WhatNext.Law, aims to promote the advancement of knowledge in these matters and put it to practical use by stakeholders.

GDPR and Data Protection
Health data and genetic data is a special category of personal data and its use enables plenty of other applications across the healthcare sector. Crucial for the development of new solutions, it is also patient-centric, shifting the power in the market.
Offering enormous possibilities, the promise of enhancing and repairing humans’ nervous system is at the forefront of medical research. The reach of these innovations and the future of neurotechnology, including the creation of machine-brain interfaces, have gathered interest from all areas of society, including from regulators, investors, and patients.
Digital Twins
Virtual representations of patients help make better decisions and improve care, ultimately generating savings across the entire value chain, but the implementation of this technology does not come without its challenges.
Gene Editing and Genomics
Whether the discussion centres on sequencing a new strain of a deadly virus or choosing the perfect eye colour for an unborn baby, WhatNext.Law will address the ethical, societal and legal challenges arising from this subject.
Quantum Computing
Exploring the many possibilities that large-scale data processing brings will help accelerate the rate of adoption of new solutions in the market and optimise the resources used. New market solutions are blurring industry boundaries and often require detailed analysis of their regulatory, organisational, and market challenges.

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