Digital Heart Twins

Monday, November 18, 2019


By 2030 virtual models of the human body will routinely be used in the handling of diseases, and Dassault Systèmes’ Living Heart Project is a pioneering example. This article is part of a series about the power of innovation to solve social and economic challenges. Stories and statistics are drawn from the World Intellectual Property Organization’s Global Innovation Index 2019 – the global benchmark for measuring innovation.


We can expect that in the next decade, virtual models representing the human body will be regularly and routinely used to help healthcare professionals diagnose, treat and prevent disease.


Dassault Systèmes is a pioneer in the field of 3D modelling, and works under the strong belief that virtual universes extend and improve the real world. The company hopes its digital platforms will help solve major global health challenges like heart disease.


Your digital heart


Worldwide, vascular diseases are the number one cause of death: 17.9 million people die every year from cardiovascular diseases, representing 31% of all deaths


The Living Heart Project offers a powerful example of how virtual universes and simulation can improve the health experience by helping practitioners turn complex data into actionable information.


The project connects leading global researchers to create digital twins of complete, beating, human hearts. Combining 3D modeling technology with real-world medical data has created a powerful tool for testing new designs and optimizing complex surgical procedures.


Around the world, the model is being used to test medical devices, reproduce known disease conditions, blood-flow disorders, and explore adverse drug effects.



Expanding the model


Dassault’s Living Heart Project is just the beginning. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has set? a goal to create a population of 3DEXPERIENCE twins — models that replicate the real-world experiences of a population, revealing how a group of patients will react to a new device.


Dassault envisages that one day this approach could be translated into a patient record, where the complexity of your clinical data is seamlessly combined with accurate virtual-reality representations of your body.


This data would be hosted in the cloud, securely under your control, and accessible anywhere — from your mobile phone to the offices and surgical suites of your healthcare team.


In this way, your ‘virtual twin’ could help guide surgical plans by predicting your surgery’s functional outcome. This revolutionary way of approaching medical issues by basing the treatment on a predicted patient outcome will increase safety and help patients better understand medical decisions before they undergo surgery.


This piece is extracted from Innovation and Health: How big data, artificial intelligence, and other technologies are changing healthcare


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