Tech heads, including Nokia's Rajeev Suri and Microsoft's Indian American CEO Satya Nadella, at a panel during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, said that technological advances will lead to a medical revolution this century.
During the panel, the tech heads said that the advances would lead to breakthroughs in the battle to create a cure for diseases such as cancer and diabetes, according to a Telegraph report
Other panelists at the event included Pfizer chief operating officer Albert Bourla and Centene Corporation head Michael Neidorff
The executives were asked to make their most dramatic predictions for the coming years, according to the report.
Having mapped the human genome, medical experts were now working on mapping the immune system, an example of “precision medicine” that would be a “game-changer,” Nadella said, according to the report.
Suri hailed the development of 5G networks, which will make remote diagnosis possible, as one of the most significant developments in healthcare, it said.
“5G connected-ambulances” will enable paramedics to treat someone who has had a heart attack on the street with high-definition scanners, so that when they arrive at the hospital, doctors have a more detailed and accurate diagnosis of their condition, the report said, citing Suri.
Hospitals as we know them are likely to be rendered obsolete, apart from for trauma care and drug treatment, and “wearable sleeves” will become essential in monitoring patient health between doctor visits, continuously sending data back to physicians in their surgeries, the report said.
Nokia is developing a wearable sleeve that has a chip to scan specific information like cholesterol, lactic acid levels and glucose.
The 5G networks will also mean that within a few years, a surgeon in Chicago will be able to perform an operation on a patient in Taiwan using robotic technology, for example, Suri said, the report noted.
He said 5G will be needed just to cope with the “sheer capacity” of millions of bytes of data that medical devices will contain and send out, it added.
"With these sort of products, you can start to prevent stuff before it occurs and we think through biomarkers you can even figure out cancer several months before it occurs," Suri added, according to a CNBC report.
Suri added that his firm was working with China Mobile Research Institute on a 5G ambulance that could save people in emergency situations, the CNBC report added.
“We are living in an era where magic can happen,” Nadella said, according to the report.
Neidorff claimed that a life-expectancy of 120 will be commonplace in our lifetime, thanks to new preventive medicine.
In related news, Suri, along with Indian American executives Vas Narasimhan from Novartis and Punit Renjen from Deloitte attended a dinner at Davos hosted by President Donald Trump with top European executives to highlight investment opportunities in the country.