Technology in the healthcare industry: what's really happening?

Technological applications in medicine


Research interest in medical and healthcare domains has seen substantial growth in the last decade. Technological advances, mainly in robotics, are being used to perform surgery. They also have the potential to enable the improvement of new treatments for a large variety of diseases, enhancing patients’ health outcomes. Today’s article aims at proposing some of the most important achievements of medical technology used to improve human health and well-being. Here we go!

Robotics application areas in healthcare 


Robots are one of the first medical technologies used to treat and prevent injury. As mentioned above, telerobotic systems are being used in several health domains such as surgery. As expected, convalescence and the management of lifelong cognitive, social, and physical disorders require behavioral therapy, consisting of physical and cognitive exercises. However, because of the fast-growing demographic trends of many affected populations, the available health care needed to provide supervision and coaching for such behavioral therapy.

And that is exactly where robots are invited in the race. In fact, some experiments have demonstrated that robotic systems can provide therapy and coaching care with nearly no supervision by human therapists. Furthermore, robots can be used to obtain data from biological systems with accuracy, enabling us to gain quantitative information about both physical and social behavior.

Artificial Intelligence applications in medicine


Artificial Intelligence (AI) tackles on several areas in healthcare. The major trend for AI here will be the usage of machines to evaluate huge amounts of patients’ data and health information. This will actually be possible by creating algorithms and programs that can mimic human thoughts and needs. As a matter of fact, given a patient’s medical archives along with their symptoms, physicians may give the adapted medications and treatments based on the information provided by the programs.

Of course, the physicians will always have the last say but it will become easier to have the patients’ health information safely recorded. Having records at their disposal, healthcare leaders will be able to considerably improve their patients’ outcomes and increase by the same way the healthcare services satisfaction. These programs developed with the help of Artificial Intelligence will surely revolutionize healthcare services.

Computing and physical enhancements 


Cameras are getting cheaper and image analysis algorithms are being enhanced. The networking infrastructure has continuously been improved. For one purpose or the other, parts of our lives will likely be captured by the recent sensors which provide significant information. Combined with the rapid progress made in medical imaging and the possibility of using other biosensors, it becomes technically realistic for each of us to have a detailed record covering nutrition, behavior, and physiology medical data. Thus, we will have a database more detailed and broader in scope than anything we have seen in the past.

Such a database is even going to reach its full potential in healthcare. Along with the development of the 5G network, this will get even easier to expand medical services across the world. Plus, more connected devices will be accessible; transmitting medical data instantaneously with zero latency along the way is now a reality. The marriage between 5G and medical technology will be of great benefit in healthcare. But that’s just the beginning!

New methods of treatments

The improvement of various medicine and vaccines, mainly in the context of Covid-19, in less than a year is seen as one of the greatest achievements of all time. The process has involved many other innovations as medical trials are concerned. An association with pharmaceutical companies would lead to a bright future in new methods of drugs development.

Nanomedicine, also known as the medical application of nanotechnology, operates on everything related to the atomic and molecular scale. Working on things of such a small size, this technology has great potential though. It can actually be used in imaging, diagnosis, sensing, of course using medical devices. For years now, scientists are experiencing a new way of using nanotechnology to target individual cells. Moreover, they are trying to find whether nanoparticles can be used as treatments for tumors, or fight viruses and other bacteria.

Digital therapeutics in medicine

Also, taking into account some patients chronic illnesses along with the changes and fees their care will include, digital therapeutics are willing to fill a significant role. Digital therapeutics are usually prescribed by a physician to a patient based on the latter health condition. This includes a group of software programs that can be accessed as apps on the patient’s smartphone, tablet, and computer.

As patients use the apps, data and information related to their health condition or well-being are constantly reported to the doctor. The doctor may now monitor the patient without having to settle an appointment regularly. Some medical conditions that are perfectly suitable with digital therapeutics include diabetes, cancer, asthma, insomnia, anxiety, and much more.

Digital assistants VS pacemakers


The use of digital assistants like Google Home has considerably enhanced the way people interact with technology, in a positive way! And seemingly, these digital assistants will be helping in healthcare as well. Actually, several designers of health records systems have integrated voice-enabled assistants into their software and devices. The latter is constructed in such a way that they can listen to and understand the conversations between patients and doctors. A great deal though but it is worthy and apparently working!

Another medical technology that has been used for years now is the pacemaker. Today, pacemakers are getting better. Delivering electrical impulses to heart muscles, they can prevent heart arrhythmias or rather treat them. They can even be used remotely, which was not the case decades ago. And that’s just the beginning! Smarter pacemakers are being developed since 2021, enabling their usage with Bluetooth technology. As a result, smarter pacemakers can be linked to smartphones as apps. It will thus become easier for patients to use and understand how they work. Once more, monitoring patients is made more accessible; doctors can provide healthcare remotely.

All those technological innovations made in medicine are just a piece of what is to be done. As technology taken as a whole is continuously progressing, medical technology will also follow the pace!

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