How is the Hyperloop?
In 2013, Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla and SpaceX, announced a plan to build a Hyperloop, a capsule train that uses magnetic levitation technology to move in a vacuum pipeline. Afterwards, this kind of vacuum capsule high-speed train was collectively referred to as the “super high-speed rail”.
Since then, although the development of Hyperloop has not received as much attention as rockets and electric cars, there is no shortage of players participating. Virgin Hyperloop (formerly Hyperloop One) is the most important company. On November 9, 2020, Virgin Hyperloop completed the first manned test of the Hyperloop in the desert of Las Vegas, USA. The test vehicle ran the entire distance in a pipeline with a diameter of 3.3 meters and a length of 500 meters in 15 seconds. The final test speed is only 172 kilometers per hour, which is far from the 1000 kilometers per hour that Musk envisioned, and it is also far lower than China’s high-speed rail. For this speed, Virgin Hyperloop explained that the main reason is to take into account the comfort of passengers and the runway is too short to accelerate.
At present, this company has reached cooperation agreements with the governments of Saudi Arabia, Spain, and India, and plans to start commercial operations in 2030.
The Hyperloop is not far away from us. In early February 2021, Guangdong Province also proposed a plan for high-speed magnetic levitation lines. Prior to this, Chengdu also launched the world’s first high-temperature superconducting high-speed maglev engineering prototype and test line using technology from Southwest Jiaotong University.
Forecast of the Top Ten Global Healthcare Industry Opportunities in 2021
2020 is different from other years in history. It has affected our society and the structure of life, but most importantly, it has permanently changed the healthcare industry. In this environment, Healthcare IT News makes the following 10 predictions for global healthcare to help the industry find its future direction.
About 4 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccine will be delivered globally, 50% of which will be produced by developed economies, and the other 50% will be produced and provided by 172 low-income developing countries in 2021, according to the COVAX plan led by the WHO.
More than one-third of the global doctor-patient interaction is digitized/the current doctor-patient interaction digitization rate is only 20%. Research shows that in 2021 alone, the number of patients involved in autonomous health management will increase by nearly 20% to 25%, and physicians will no longer be the first point of contact.
Flexible pricing models have become the norm/reduced equipment budgets due to reduced hospital revenues in 2020. In order to obtain new business, medical technology equipment manufacturers will introduce flexible pricing options and risk sharing models.
U.S. hospitals use revenue innovation and reimbursement transformation to improve their profit margins/ U.S. hospitals are in the process of negotiating to completely get rid of paying for service agreements and ensure a continuous source of revenue. The hospital will also strive to obtain income from telemedicine services.
The enterprise imaging IT field will drive up to 2 billion US dollars of investment. The 2021 enterprise imaging field budget will focus on imaging IT infrastructure upgrades and teleradiology to improve the efficiency, operability and analysis capabilities of the imaging workflow.
Reconstructing cancer treatment approaches/In 2021, early cancer detection will become the mainstream. An estimated 5% of cancer cases, including the most common types of cancer (lung cancer, colorectal cancer, and prostate cancer), will adopt multi-gene testing and NGS therapy in conjunction with companion diagnostic (CDx) testing to set new standards in cancer treatment.
The global telemedicine market will reach nearly US$50 billion per epidemic, and telemedicine will stand out, and this model will continue to exist. The relaxation of medical reimbursement is crucial for telemedicine to become a mainstream mechanism.
More than a quarter of surgical support will occur remotely/by 2020, more than 70% of U.S. medical applications provide remote surgical support. Many companies are actively producing “telemedicine” products that enable experts to provide remote support to the surgical team in the operating room through real-time annotation and image control.
Behavior management drives the digital therapy market to grow by 3 times/The new crown epidemic has increased the incidence of depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and drug abuse. By 2023, the need to manage behavioral health will drive the digital therapy market to triple.
Medical imaging intelligent iteration/rapid technology updates have enabled 20% to 30% of the imaging department’s budget to be allocated to the next generation of intelligent imaging equipment within 8 to 15 years.
Fashion week has completely changed
At the end of February 2020, the new crown epidemic began to spread in Italy. At that time, the fashion brands that were preparing for Milan Fashion Week hurriedly changed their original plans. Some brands abandoned the catwalks, and some tried to move the shows online.
A year later, the epidemic has not cleared, but fashion brands are already familiar with online shows. Last September, Milan Fashion Week received more than 43 million views online. This year, as the organizers of London Fashion Week and Milan Fashion Week set up professional multimedia platforms in advance, the scale of Fashion Week has also recovered. At the end of February, the Italian National Fashion Chamber of Commerce announced that their online center will host 133 show releases during the March Fashion Week.
In the past, an important significance of fashion week was that brands must “go there to fight for the show” to communicate. After turning online, the concepts of time and geography began to fade. The most prominent is undoubtedly New York Fashion Week. On February 9th, CFDA Chairman Tom Ford simply announced that New York Fashion Week would be renamed “American Collections Calendar” to support American designers to release their works at any time and anywhere in the world. .
Since 2017, the four major fashion weeks have begun to face the situation of fewer catwalks and brands wanting to find a new mode of communication with consumers. The epidemic may just give them a chance to change.