Supply chain and facility capacity breakdowns due to COVID-19 spurred the rapid adoption of digital twins that can monitor, simulate and streamline data from devices. Growing investments in digital twin technologies (e.g. IoT, data streaming, 5G) are introducing a new generation of intelligence and opportunities to help people: The mirrored world. Healthcare leaders are connecting massive networks of intelligent digital twins to create living models of facilities, supply chains, medical products—even body parts and organs. Digital twins provide answers to key questions that will soon be essential to every healthcare enterprise’s digital strategy. A quarter of healthcare executives report their organizations are experimenting with digital twins this year.
With digital twins, you can model the physical world in a digital format. Digital twins can gather, visualize and contextualize data from across their physical assets and products, bridging their physical operations and digital capabilities. On the clinical side, digital twins can model future scenarios, such as surgical simulations, or help with medical education, research and care delivery. On the care process side, digital twins can help improve operational efficiency. They can optimize scheduling or identify bottlenecks in workflows. By dynamically responding to real-time information and future scenarios, the digital twin can help design and simulate these scenarios long before constructing or changing a physical process, procedure or facility.
The mirrored world will allow healthcare leaders to bring data and intelligence together at unprecedented scales; ask and answer big-picture questions critical to their survival; and reimagine how they operate, collaborate and innovate.