Our health system is under major pressure. By 2050, one in six people will be over 65 years old, and more people will live with one or more chronic diseases. Given the anticipated workforce shortages and lack of resources to extend the workforce, health technologies & AI need to offer radically new ways to meet the demand for healthcare (employees). At the same time to users – clinicians and patients alike – technological interventions must match their perceptual, cognitive and physical capacities to increase their performance and wellbeing. New technologies and AI tools should also be safe, accessible, affordable and inclusive for society, resulting in proper treatment for everyone.
Health technologies and AI are the basis of a more personalized life course approach to health and health care. Personalized healthcare can improve the accuracy of diagnosis, optimize treatments and minimize side effects. All of these lead to enhanced resilience, faster resumption of daily activities, and a longer period of healthy and active living. Additionally, by developing technology and AI tools to support preventive strategies, early diagnostics, and improved prognostics, we can change our approach to health(care) from a reactive to a proactive approach where we empower and motivate citizens to take control of their own health. With the successful introduction of such technologies in society, in collaboration with the other themes, these advances are vital in improving health and quality of life, reducing the burden on the health care system, and addressing socioeconomic inequalities in health.