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The promise of better health

Access to medicine
Do the development of telemedicine and the emergence of a wide range of applications and platforms offer real solutions to the problems of access to medical care for everyone, in France and worldwide? Will increased efficiency, particularly thanks to data sharing, make treatments more affordable? Or will “personalised medicine” turn out to be too expensive for some patients, leading to new inequalities in care?
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Prevention and its limits
Digital offers high hopes when it comes to preventive medicine: health-related data analytics can be used to implement tailored preventive strategies and targeted treatments, and even to predict epidemics. Individuals have also started using certain digital tools to monitor their well-being. Healthcare systems are also being rationalised, decreasing costs. But how does this new form of digitally-assisted medicine affect individuals and the healthcare system? Is it turning us into “perma-patients”?
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The holy grail of prediction

You can now buy a simple DNA test capable of detecting hereditary risks for $100 to $200 (price charged by 23andMe), down from $1,000 a decade ago. Will prices soon hit $10? The ease of access to a dimension of oneself, or rather a quantified, measurable translation of oneself, is changing the game in medicine. Is this a “psychological Hiroshima,” as philosopher Dominique Foldscheid has called it? Or is it an opportunity for everyone to take advantage of hyper-targeted prevention strategies? Will genetic analyses ultimately allow us to knowledgeably manage our health on a daily basis?
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