We may soon know what diseases we have or are likely to get even before we know we have them and before they get us.
For perhaps the first time, we may be able to increase quality while decreasing cost.
It might also reverse a current trend – that new medical technologies may increase quality but they also increase costs. The promise here is that new technologies would not only increase quality but decrease costs and speed diagnosis in the process.
One, I think it is theoretically possible and could instantaneously generate instantaneous clinical diagnoses, before a disease became manifest.
Two, I would like to see the technological and diagnostic accuracy validated before leaping to any conclusions.
Three, if validated this would be an example of the power of digital technologies to produce the “creative destruction” of an established medical industry.
This is not as far-fetched as it might seem. After all, Internet- related “instantaneities” have already undermined or rendered obsolete many newspapers, encylopedias, retail stores, and other businesses dependent on print and foot traffic. Why not medical laboratories, too?