While cars have the benefit of a check engine light, our bodies don’t share that privilege. But what if they did?

Cat Oyler is the vice-president of global public health and tuberculosis at Johnson & Johnson. She opened her talk at Inspirefest 2019 by telling the audience that our cars currently have better healthcare than our bodies.

“Before anything even begins to go wrong, your car can tell you that it might be at risk,” she said. “There’s a complete electronic health record for your car and that allows us to make disease prevention possible.”

In fact, Oyler said that we have less information about our own bodies than we have about our cars. But what if there were ways to detect the possibility of disease long before it actually affected us?

Oyler then took the Inspirefest audience on a futuristic journey of how this could be made a reality.


Words by Jenny Darmody