In the next few decades, implantable electronics could shift the focus of medical care from reactive, symptom-based diagnosis to early detection or prevention. Heralding that future is the Linq, a new cardiac monitor from medical device giant Medtronic. The company is already envisioning future versions of the implantable gadget, studded with sensors that will give doctors and patients reams of biometric information. The sensors could someday help athletes fine-tune their bodies for improved performance or let an elderly person live independently while his or her vitals are monitored remotely. Medtronic believes that it will eventually be seen as negligent not to have these sensors installed—whether you’re elderly and infirm, or young, fit, and healthy.
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