Medicine - Between Old Myths and New Possibilities-
Today, digitally connected medicine encounters the transparent individual. The ability to understand both genetic as well as digital language opens radical new perspectives on healthcare. The consequences, opportunities and risks to be found in this development are at the centre of the Alpbach Health Symposium 2016. In the health sector, Enlightenment implies the dissolution of outmoded "myths" and a reorientation towards often unusual, complex facts. New medical methodologies and goals change established responsibilities and require fundamental structural reforms of the healthcare system.
Big Data makes new knowledge available; the handling of personal data is, however, a highly sensitive issue. What new tools are emerging as bits and bytes merge with DNA and proteins? What response is needed by the health care system in order to integrate new digital forces into its training and practice? Which success stories offer perspectives on the connected world of the healthcare of tomorrow?