A digital renaissance? Health innovation shifts to the micro

A fascinating review from The Economist looking at innovation trends in the healthcare sector.


A linguistic analysis of medical research by Economist Impact finds that biomedical innovation peaked in the 1970s, with key emerging concepts including imaging, with fewer revolutionary advances in underlying scientific research since then.

However, a convergence of technologies—including machine learning and computational biology—promises to reverse the trend. Our analysis of the patent literature shows a pick-up in commercial innovation, especially through the development of innovations built upon data, bioinformatics, and digital health.