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04-05-2024 | Artificial Intelligence | Short Communication

Challenges and directions for digital twin implementation in otorhinolaryngology

Author: Alexandre Vallée

Published in: European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology

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Abstract

Background

Digital twin technology heralds a transformative era in Otorhinolaryngology (ORL), merging the physical and digital worlds to offer dynamic, virtual models of physical entities or processes.

Purpose

These models, capable of simulating, predicting, and optimizing real-world counterparts, are evolving from static replicas to intelligent, adaptive systems.

Methods

Fueled by advancements in communication, sensor technology, big data analytics, Internet of Things (IoT), and simulation technologies, artificial intelligence (AI), digital twins in ORL promise personalized treatment planning, virtual experimentation, and therapeutic intervention optimization. Despite their potential, the integration of digital twins in ORL faces challenges including data privacy and security, data integration and interoperability, computational demands, model validation and accuracy, ethical and regulatory considerations, patient engagement, and cost and accessibility issues.

Results

Overcoming these challenges requires robust data protection measures, seamless data integration, substantial computational resources, rigorous validation studies, ethical transparency, patient education, and making the technology accessible and affordable. Looking ahead, the future of digital twins in ORL is bright, with advancements in AI and machine learning, omics data integration, real-time monitoring, virtual clinical trials, patient empowerment, seamless healthcare integration, longitudinal data analysis, and collaborative research.

Conclusion

These developments promise to refine diagnostic and treatment strategies, enhance patient care, and facilitate more efficient and tailored ORL research, ultimately leading to more effective and personalized ORL management.
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Metadata
Title
Challenges and directions for digital twin implementation in otorhinolaryngology
Author
Alexandre Vallée
Publication date
04-05-2024
Publisher
Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Published in
European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology
Print ISSN: 0937-4477
Electronic ISSN: 1434-4726
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s00405-024-08662-5