Medical Xpress June 8, 2022
Digital twins—virtual doubles of things in the real world—was an idea born in 2002 as a way of looking at the lifespan of products, like space rockets and jet engines, enabling repairs remotely and helping to predict when things will break.
The idea has caught on.
Barcelona, Spain, recently made a data-based replica of itself to do trial runs of city planning projects before actually implementing improvements to urban layout and design. NASA uses digital twin technology to remotely diagnose and fix spacecraft.
But the concept can be applied to more than roads and rockets.
At Highmark Health’s Allegheny Health Network, predictive modeling, which is an element of the virtual replica idea, is being used to forecast a patient’s response...