Executive Summary Excerpt:

American innovation has led to some of the world’s most inventive and successful medical devices and treatments. However, the medical industry has yet to maximize the potential of the massive amounts of health data offered by new technologies. Medicine is moving into a data-centric era where our ability to anticipate, understand, diagnose, treat, and heal illness and disease will be completely revolutionized. Currently, the field of neuroscience is trying to transform medicine by leveraging the novel opportunity of Big Health Data. To capitalize on this revolutionary opportunity, America must look towards the future – taking advantage of Big Health Data by embracing technological advancements, sharing personal data responsibly, and discovering new health knowledge. Doing so will enable breakthroughs in health innovation, decrease healthcare costs, and help realize the dream of personalized medicine.

This most recent effort by the Potomac Institute’s Center for Neurotechnology Studies (CNS) continues its long-standing mission to follow and understand the latest neuroscientific advancements and neurotechologies. In 2013, the Institute’s CNS report “Neurotechnology Futures Study” presented a technology investment Roadmap and outlined the key research areas and technologies required to move neurotechnology forward. The Institute’s 2015 report “Trends in Neurotechnology” discussed the vast implications of neurotechnology – not only for particular fields such as medicine and defense, but also for society as a whole.

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