Technology in the medical field has a massive impact on all processes and practices of medical care and technological developments are continuously improving the quality of life for care receivers.
FREEMONT, CA: Technology is continuing to drive the pace of progress in medicine and healthcare. Medical equipment and computer aids are becoming intelligent, faster, and smarter medical practice has become easier for doctors and more effective for patients and cost-effective for the entire medical care system. Below is a selective overview of the most talked-about medical technologies for the coming years.
· Smart Inhalers
Inhalers are an effective treatment option for asthma and are found useful for the majority of patients. To help patients better manage asthma condition, bluetooth enabled smart inhalers have been developed. A small device is attached to the inhaler which records the date and time of each dose and analyzes its administration. This data gathered can be sent to the patients’ smartphones, and they can keep track of and control their medical condition. Clinical trials show that people who are using smart inhalers are using less reliever medicine and had more reliever-free days.
· Robotic Surgery
As its name suggests, it is a surgery that is carried out by a robot. With robotic surgery, surgeons can perform very complex procedures that are otherwise highly difficult or impossible. It can also be combined with augmented reality to allow doctors to view relevant information about the patient in real-time while continuing surgery. Today robotic surgery is used in minimally invasive procedures, and it helps to boost precision, control and flexibility.
· Artificial Organs
Artificial organs made using 3D printing is an emerging medical technology. It is ground-breaking to be able to regenerate skin cells for burn victims, and now is slowly giving way to even more exciting possibilities. Experts have been able to develop blood vessels, synthetic ovaries and even pancreas. These artificial organs can grow within the patient’s body to replace the original one. This could be revolutionary, saving millions of patients who depend on life-saving transplants every year.
· Health Wearables
The demand for health wearable is increasing as people today use their smartphone to track their health. The advancement of these health wearable technologies is directly related to rising chronic diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Wearable aims to combat these diseases by assisting patients in monitoring and improving their fitness on a regular basis.
Today’s tech-savvy customers prefer digitally-led services. Telehealth is a quickly developing technology that allows patients to receive medical care through their digital devices. This facility eliminates the need for face-to-face appointments with medical practitioners. Today, there are highly-personalized mobile apps which allow patients to speak virtually with physicians and other medical professionals to receive an instant diagnosis and medical advice. Telehealth also gives different access points to healthcare when and where the patients need it. It is especially useful for patients managing chronic conditions as it provides consistent and cost-effective care.
· Medical 3D Printing
3D printers can be used to create implants and joints to be used during surgery. 3D printed prosthetics are increasingly popular today as their digital functionalities enable them to match an individual’s measurements down to the millimeter. It provides an unprecedented level of comfort and mobility for the patients. These printers can create both long-lasting and soluble items. 3D printing is considered a real example of technology and medicine working together.
The above advancements bring hope to patients and medical care providers alike. Besides, these technological improvements can make the industry feel encouraged, even though all of it hasn’t reached full maturity yet.