A “humane” eHealth that is sustainable, free and fair: what disruption will be necessary to achieve it?
The new medecine of well-being , GAFAised, cloudified, energy-intensive, freedom-destroying and killing off cerebral diversity: humans diminished by technology, or, on the contrary, digitisation that is individualised, balanced, respectful of privacy and the environment, local and not connected, … more humane, but requiring true technological and societal innovation at the outpost of a new environmentally-friendly medicine?
Digital medicine relies on infrastructures and functional models that come from the GAFA, that are energy-intensive, cloudified, and which most of the time deny us the freedom to use the information about our body freely and as we see fit. Almost magical thanks to the miracle of AI, mandatory and liberalised, it is imposing on all of us a new medecine of hyperconnected and embedded well-being. It is already modifying the structural organisation of the brain, generating potentially serious side effects through a major reduction in cerebral diversity.
In contrast to this vision, a disruption is indispensable if we are to make technological innovation a vector of freedom, of environmental protection, and of the human body and human intelligence. The societal emergency we are facing is climatic. The Earth is dying and losing its diversity. To the violence of the effects of climate change on the human body can be added the associated impact of the causes of global warming: endocrine disruptors and/or pesticides, nano-ferromagnetic, electromagnetic and nanoplastic pollution, … a neglected cocktail which is having a negative impact on essential human functions such as reproduction and intelligence. Technological innovation must serve this desperate struggle against the inevitable and rapid decline of humanity and of the natural diversity it embodies. A digital medicine that is individualised, that can be disconnected and has no energy needs (the human body can produce its own energy). A true technological disruption – in contradiction to the dominant neoprogressive conservatism – to be put without fail on the agenda of digital medicine. eHealth as the outpost for new environmentally-friendly medicine?
- François Berger, Physician-Researcher at Grenoble University Hospital Centre -director of BrainTech Lab INSERMU1205