Rapid advancements in medical tech of all kinds are helping us to be healthier, stay safer, and live longer than ever before, and they’re increasingly available, too, meaning that more of us can reap the benefits of these devices.
The examples of medical technology below are changing the way that we access and experience healthcare, and with breakthroughs coming thick and fast, we take a look, too, at some of the new techs that we can expect to see come to market within the next few years.
How Medical Technology is Saving Lives
- IoT: Measuring Wounds And Automating Joint Replacement
- Robotic Process Automation: Saving The Most Valuable Thing In The Medical Industry
- Machine Learning: Early Diagnoses + Higher Level Of Accuracy = Lives Saved
- How Healthcare Is Changing Technology
- The Medical Startup Revolutionizing The Insurance Industry
Intuitive Fall Detectors
One of the biggest risk factors for the elderly is falls, which are one of the leading causes of serious injuries and death among the older population. As a population, we’re living longer and increasingly choosing to remain within our own homes rather than move to a care facility or into the homes of relatives. With this in mind, fall detector tech has been an important advance that will allow the elderly and/or frail to stay within the comfort of their own homes, while relatives have peace of mind that their loved one won’t suffer a fall and be unable to summon help fast.
The latest fall detectors don’t even require an individual to wear a bracelet, necklace, or another portable device – they use radio frequency sensor technology, which ‘learns’ the layout of a room along with the user’s regular pattern of movements. If it detects an anomaly that suggests a fall has occurred, the device will immediately notify the stipulated caregiver.
For more information on the cutting-edge tech, have a look at this Walabot review, which provides further details on how the system works, the installation procedure required, and other features that the product incorporates.
Partly as a result of the pandemic – when there was an urgency for covid test results to come back quickly -,diagnostic testing has taken huge leaps forward in recent years. Advances in the rates of early detection have proved particularly beneficial, with cancer survival rates improving as a direct result of doctors’ increasing ability to spot the disease at an early stage.
From reflux to a range of viral infections, testing has become much more sensitive, enabling the accurate diagnoses of more conditions – this trend is expected to continue, if not advance, over the next few years.
Availability of Online Healthcare
Again, largely driven by the pandemic, medical tech now allows us to access many healthcare services online from the comfort of our own homes. This is proving to be particularly advantageous for those with mobility problems or in rural areas, who may find it difficult to get to a clinic in person.
VoIP internet connections that offer enhanced security have been key to the successful development of online services, with many doctors’ offices using this tech for virtual appointments, to optimize their patient record systems, and to streamline their service in general.
Wearable Monitoring Devices
This tech can be used in hospitals and is also allowing people to be able to recover at home rather than needing to remain in hospital, as well as providing those with specific conditions or who otherwise need monitoring to be kept an eye on remotely to check that all is well.
In the form of a wearable patch, these devices can track, for example, blood pressure, pulse, oxygen rates, and other vital signs; they’re viewed as a better alternative to more traditional modes of monitoring a patient’s stats as they’re designed for continuous monitoring, rather than for taking periodic readings.
Stress and anxiety levels can be checked, too, and it’s predicted that wearable monitoring devices will play a major role in diagnosing conditions in the near future.
New tech is affecting the field of dentistry perhaps more than any other. Now, when you visit your dentist’s office, you can expect to have access to a range of treatments or tests that could involve 3D models, advanced x-ray screening and techniques, dentures, implants, and whitening procedures that use LED lighting technology.
Specialist dental equipment, such as air compressors used for the bonding of veneers, is also becoming more widely available, meaning that patients will have more options when it comes to their treatment.
The Tech of the Near Future
Soon, expect to see the rise of medical tech that is designed to help patients with conditions that range from persistent migraines to those that necessitate bone grafts.
Medications that are customized to a patient’s specific genome-making for targeted intervention for maximum effectiveness are on the horizon, as are nutritional services that are based on the way that certain genetic markers impact metabolism and how the body processes, for example, different types of food.
Remote surgery is another medical advance that, although until recently seemed to be well in the province of science fiction, is fast heading into the realms of reality. This mind-blowing tech means that a surgeon doesn’t need to be physically present to undertake the operation: a robotic surgical system consists of arms that are remotely controlled by the surgeon and a sensory system that provides feedback to him/her so that they can perform the procedure as if they were actually in the room.
The Hospitals Ars Using Technology to Save Lives
- Digital Tomosynthesis: Used to identify breast cancer, tomosynthesis mammography provides a 3D image of the area, allowing for a more accurate scan by medical specialists.
- Artificial Organs : Artificial organs allow patients to get the support they need without having to wait for a perfect match, and artificial organs have made significant breakthroughs recently.
- The Gamma Knife: The Gamma Knife was designed to deliver a highly targeted dosage of radiation to patients. Contrary to its name, the Gamma Knife is a concentrated beam of radiation that is utilised to treat specific areas without harming the surrounding tissue.
- Telesurgery: Over the last decade or two, robots have become increasingly ubiquitous in operating rooms, but they are not necessarily cutting-edge technology.