Sometimes what used to be “only” a global crisis suddenly becomes a personal one. For example, Alzheimer’s statistics stop feeling like just numbers when someone you love shows the first symptoms of cognitive decline. Then the two kinds of crises - the global and the personal - converge.
In the year 2020, for the first time in my memory, almost everyone in the world experienced this kind of convergence of global and personal health crises, as COVID-19 not only dominated world news, but also entered into the heart of our individual lives.
But looking forward to the coming year, I am filled with both global and personal optimism. The rapid development of effective COVID-19 vaccines gives us hope for an end to both the worldwide pandemic and the worries and restrictions we’ve suffered personally.
Scientific breakthroughs associated with COVID-19 have dominated the headlines. But I am also filled with hope when I look at the impactful innovations in health technology that haven’t received the same level of attention. There are many discoveries in home-health, behavioral health and wellness device technology that hold the promise of affecting both the big picture and our personal experiences of healthcare.