The new technologies represent the turning point of current society, breaking ties with the previous and evolving into an information society.
Hence the risk of falling into technological determinism and a vision of social development in light of the pervasive nature of information and communication technologies: the model of contemporary “liquid” society is based on immaterial and not directly tangible assets, such as knowledge. At the same time, the immaterial parts of work have become increasingly dominant within the current economic and productive process, adding significant amounts of surplus value to products through efficient forms of resource organization, relationships, and workflow.
Internet, Big Data, Machine Learning, and Artificial Intelligence are profoundly reshaping the human mind, transforming our thoughts and lifestyle. In this context, the quantity and quality of sleep have always played a fundamental role in the social evolution of Homo sapiens and have a decisive impact on our health and safety.
Digital evolution can represent an opportunity for innovative and efficient management of health and safety, offering new paths for preventive and diagnostic-therapeutic measures, even in the field of Sleep Medicine (telemedicine, digital “drugs,” apps, and wearable devices for sleep monitoring). However, the potential risks associated with digital invasion and incorrect digital habits (hyperconnectivity, techno-dependency) are increasingly emerging, which can prove harmful to health and promote the onset of sleep disorders with consequent negative repercussions on psychophysical performance and safety.
Finally, the current challenges in managing patients with sleep disorders in both public and private healthcare represent an application model of technological transition in the methodological approach of Health Technology Assessment.
These are the themes that will be addressed during the 10th national ItaliaSonno conference, which will also cover innovations in the treatment of bronchial asthma and COPD. The conference will span two days, with the first part dedicated to scientific sessions and the second focusing on practical aspects of sleep medicine.
Saturday, Dec. 2, at 3:40 p.m., Ugo Faraguna, president of Sleepacta, will present the talk “Consumer sleep technology: role in sleep medicine”.