12 technologies that will define health IT in 2020: report

In 2020, the healthcare technology sector will be driven by startups working in the realms of artificial intelligence ethics, genetic data exchange, quantum cybersecurity and other emerging sectors, according to a new CB Insights report.

The Game Changers 2020 report identified 12 cutting-edge technologies and techniques that will be at the forefront of health IT transformation in the next year, as well as the three most promising early-stage companies in each category.

Here are the 12 "game-changing" healthcare technologies of 2020, according to CB Insights:

  • Speed-of-light chips: developing photonics-based hardware with unprecedented processing power
  • Quantum cryptography: protecting sensitive data against the threat of quantum decryption
  • AI transparency: building trust in AI by analyzing an algorithm's decision-making process
  • CRISPR 2.0: developing safer and more precise approaches to gene editing
  • AI-based protein prediction: predicting the structure of proteins to enhance disease diagnosis and treatment
  • Electrocharged therapeutics: treating diseases and ailments with electrical impulses instead of chemical drugs
  • Microbiome masters: targeting the human microbiome to treat both chronic and rare diseases
  • Mind-altering medicines: developing psychedelic compounds to treat mental illness
  • DNA data marketplaces: enabling the secure exchange of genetic data to reward consumers and enrich medical research
  • Carbon capturers: removing and recycling carbon dioxide emissions from the atmosphere
  • Next-gen nuclear energy: creating new solutions to zero-emission nuclear energy production
  • Sustainable shippers: reducing costs and mitigating the environmental impact of heavy-lift logistics

View the full report, including a list of 36 potentially game-changing startups, here.

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