Patrick Johnson is SrVP Research at 3DS, defining scientific bases and inventing disruptive technologies for the Industry Renaissance. After several R&D positions (head of AI, CATIA Brand), he took over Research, set up key public/private alliances and launched the Lifesciences strategic diversification (BIOVIA, MEDIDATA Brands). Member of the French Academy of Technology and INRIA’s Scientific Board.
Abstract – Virtual twins for Healthcare
What if we could invent new ways of representing life, specifically by creating the virtual twins of the human body.
Today’s fragmentation of patient information, medical knowledge and know-how across disciplines and locations creates barriers in patient access to care and patient journey. These global health challenges require a transformative level of healthcare on multiple levels: patient-centric health systems & integrated care chains. Bringing this vision to life requires creating a digital medical Twin with a detailed view of each patient’s condition, anatomy, biology and life exposure. This system must capture the vast amounts of data generated about each individual and connect that with knowledge from researchers and clinicians from around the globe. The system must also be available to a patient’s entire care team. The unifying vision behind this is a virtual twin: an integrative reference of personal health information.
The virtual twin is created guided by science and known medical knowledge. It functions as a dynamic model, consistently fed by clinical data, medical history and environmental exposures. Because a virtual twin ambitions to provide multidiscipline and multi scale representations of a human body organs and systems, including all physiology, genetic code and fundamental biomarkers, it can act as a true enabler for new understandings and approaches to health diagnosis, prognosis, treatments and anticipation of future conditions. Medical practices, such as surgery will more and more exploit those 360° representations, also opening for a new level of know-how sharing and dissemination. The virtual twin enables playing ‘What if’ scenarios to compare different interventions on the same patients. It can help surgical planning, personalized implant design or surgical procedure guiding in the operating room. And as understanding of human biology, physiology, biomechanics and pharmacology improves, these virtual twins promise to become more precise, predictable and usable.
After decades-long support of helping manufacturing industries use virtual twins to innovative non-organic products, Dassault Systemes is now massively focusing to transform the organic world. You’ll discover in the presentation examples of how we’re doing this today, including patient’s organs, hospitals and health systems’ twins.