World-caliber MIoT skills in Vaud
Next up was Professor Philippe Ryvlin, Head of the Clinical Neuroscience Department at the Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV), who explained how the Fondation NeuroTech in Epalinges is a pioneer in clinical research on neuroscience-related technology. More specifically, the foundation examines the impacts that mobile healthcare (mHealth) and other technological breakthroughs will have on medicine, the economy and society at large.
One of the key challenges that the foundation studies is cybersecurity. To that end, Professor Ryvlin has teamed up with Professor David Atienza Alonso – Head of EPFL’s Embedded Systems Laboratory and the third conference speaker – to develop new kinds of security systems. Their systems are designed to overcome the three main obstacles related to the medical internet of things (MIoT): medical precision, data security and patient usability. Professor Atienza described the current state of the art and the most recent developments in MIoT. He stressed that while off-the-shelf cybersecurity systems do exist, they are still too cumbersome and expensive to be deployed in MIoT on a large scale. Professor Atienza’s lab is working on promising technology combining precision, security and ease-of-use – and that stands to become one of the pillars of personalized healthcare going forward.