Extend: A risk-free playground for innovation
Intelligent twins have powerful simulation capabilities that—with the right data foundation in place—can help healthcare organizations reimagine innovation processes. Digital twins offer a risk-free playground to explore innovations, strategize for many possible futures and test limitless “what-if” scenarios.
Digital twins can connect the right data, the right AI models and human workers to explore possibilities, futures and strategies in a safe place. Imagine the possibilities when it comes to surgical training and simulation of medical devices and treatments. Digital twins that mirror the heart, for example, and allow clinicians and machines to work together to pre-simulate optimal therapies and even avoid unnecessary interventions.
While some healthcare organizations are experimenting with simulation today, they aren’t doing it at scale. These capabilities will only become more valuable as using multiple twins in fully mirrored environments lends tremendous power to create innovations that help people.
Reinvent: Build the big picture
Healthcare organizations do not operate in a vacuum; they rely on supply chain partners, digital collaborators and even the government. Gaining big picture visibility means reflecting what goes on outside of your own four walls. It’s about mirroring what is inside—as well as outside—your organization. In fact, 87% of healthcare executives say digital twins are becoming essential to their organization’s ability to collaborate in strategic ecosystem partnerships.
Some are pursuing twin-enabled visibility with select partners. Soon, the organizations building intelligent twins will be able to interact and collaborate within mirror environments in ways that organizations without twins will simply not be able to access.
These early examples foreshadow the mirrored world’s coming role. Healthcare has an important opportunity to not only be part of it, but also lead the way. As more healthcare organizations digitize their physical operations and systems with intelligent twins, they will be able to share designs, information and insights easily across silos and across ecosystems, virtually test innovations and deliver care in ways that were not possible before.
Fortify: Is the organization prepared for the Mirrored World?
Create a solid data foundation by auditing your data practices. Evaluate the tools and technologies you are using and deconstruct data silos. Digital twins will need a healthy data “supply chain” to be effective, so look for ways to capture data through IoT and build streaming analytics capabilities.
Extend: How can digital twins transform your innovation process?
Develop a list of key use cases for where digital twins will generate the most impact for people and for your organization. What are the clinical and operational opportunities to use digital twins to drive innovation and breakthroughs?
Reinvent: How will your organization engage wider ecosystems of digital twins?
Design digital twins from the outset with the intent to share them with the ecosystem. Make application programming interface strategy a priority and build a short list of potential digital twin-driven partnerships.