Digital Twins in Healthcare – Insights from Atos Experts

One of the coolest healthcare concepts I’ve heard about recently is called a digital twin.  For those not familiar with the term, it’s basically a virtual model of a process, product, or service.  By pairing the virtual and the physical worlds, you can more easily analyze data and monitor systems to stop problems before they even occur.  Plus, you can use it to develop new opportunities or event potentially plan for the future using simulations.  Needless to say, the concept is pretty wide ranging right now, but we’re starting to see some real life applications of digital twins in healthcare as various IoT sensors are rolled out in healthcare.

To get a better understanding of some of the early use cases for Digital Twins in healthcare, I sat down with Niels Thomsen, VP & Global Head of the Insight (IoT & AI) Practice, and David Sele, Consultant and Business Developer – IoT at Atos.  Along with talking about what a digital twin is and where it’s being used in healthcare, I also ask them about the process of creating a digital twin and what technology is used to create and test against the twin.  They also share some of the details of a successful digital twin use case in healthcare.

They also share the benefits of a digital twin along with the limitations and how they compare against other options.  Then, Thomsen and Sele share what the future of digital twins looks like and what will be worked on next.  While some of these concepts feel like they’re still a while to come, it is amazing to see how far the triumvirate of data, processing, and sensors have come in the past 5-10 years.  This combination of the high quality sensors creating volumes of data which can be quickly processed is why the concept of a digital twin is so exciting now despite the concept being around for decades.

If you want to learn more about Digital Twins in healthcare, check out the video interview below.

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John Lynn

John Lynn

John Lynn is the Founder of, a network of leading Healthcare IT resources. The flagship blog, Healthcare IT Today, contains over 13,000 articles with over half of the articles written by John. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 20 million times.

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