Two often-cited emerging trends in the health care space are personalized care and remote care. At first glance, these may sound like they are at odds with each other: How can care become even more individually tailored, if you’ll be spending less time with your care providers? The answer to that question may lie in the use of digital twins — virtual models of individuals that could revolutionize multiple facets of health care.

Twins like these aren’t exactly new. NASA pioneered the concept in the 1960s. By the early 2000s, the approach had taken hold in the manufacturing sector, though the term “digital twin” was introduced only about a decade ago.

Digital twins are virtual representations of an object or system across its life cycle. Developing them requires an accurate understanding and representation of the parts within a system and their relationships to each other, as well as the analytic power to evaluate the…

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