The Role of Technology in the Healthcare Sector 2019

Technology in the Healthcare Sector

The Healthcare sector has had significant technological advances that have helped improve efficiency. With better efficiency, more people can access medical care resulting in the saving of thousands of lives. Many people have also seen a marked improvement in their overall health, and have the technology to thank for that.

We will explore some of the latest technological advancements that are making a significant impact on the healthcare sector.

· Smart Inhalers

Inhalers are the lifeline for anyone who is asthmatic. It is the main treatment option, and healthcare professionals estimate that over 90% of patients will benefit from its use. It, however, depends on whether they use it correctly. Unfortunately, as many as 94% of patients do not know how to use their inhalers correctly. Fortunately, we now have smart inhalers that are Bluetooth-enabled. It keeps a close watch on the administration of the inhaler, and whether the patient did it correctly. You also get to access the date and time for each dose. The patient will get an alert on their smartphone, reminding them to take the medication. It, therefore, allows for the control of asthma. Clinical trials have shown a positive relationship between the use of the smart inhalers, and the management of the asthmatic conditions.

· Surgery Using Robots

Doctors are now using robots for minimally invasive surgical procedures. The benefit is the high level of flexibility and control. It allows doctors to access help with complex processes that they would otherwise find difficult to perform on their own. Augmented Reality, together with robotic surgery, has led to greater efficiency and effectiveness in the different treatments. The surgeon can access information real-time during the operation. It is possible that in the near future there will not be any need for a whole team of surgical staff. The robots may take over some of their functions.

· Wireless Brain Sensors

There are situations where the doctor may need to measure the pressure and temperature within the brain. It requires the use of sensors which would initially require surgery. Now with the wireless brain sensors, the doctor does not need to perform multiple operations.

The sensors comprise of bio-absorbable plastic, which will dissolve over time in the brain when they are no longer in use.

· 3D Printing

3D printing is creating quite a buzz in the market. They have various applications, including the creation of implants or joints, which the doctors may require during surgery. We even have 3D printed prosthetic with functionalities that will match the intended individual’s requirements completely. Since they are bespoke, the individual will get a lot of mobility and comfort, something that was not initially possible. Many people who had to wear prosthetics would often complain that they were very uncomfortable; in some cases, either too tight or loose.

Now the use of 3D printing is also going into medication. The doctors can ‘print’ pills that contain multiple drugs, thus helping the patient with the timing, monitoring, and organization of several medications at ago.

· Bio Printing

Bio printing is taking currency with regards to medical technology. Some of the exciting medical breakthroughs we have seen are the ability to regenerate skin cells for burn victims. You now have so much more to look forward to. There has been significant progress with the creation of synthetic ovaries, pancreas, and blood cells regeneration. The doctor will implant the artificial organs into the patient’s body, and over time they will replace the faulty one. Imagine a situation where you receive an artificial organ that your body will not reject. The life-saving ability of such transplants is enormous, and we can only imagine the number of people who will benefit.

· Wearable’s

There is a lot of innovation concerning wearable’s to track various health aspects. We can now keep track of our heartbeats, fitness levels, patterns, among others. It has become especially important due to the increase in chronic diseases such as heart diseases, diabetes, and obesity, among others.

Companies such as Apple have been on the forefront with regard to such technology. In 2018, they launched the Apple series 4 watches, which will monitor the heart rhythms of the wearer using the inbuilt ECG. What you get in your wearable smart device is the ability to detect early on, potentially fatal heart conditions. Industry reports show massive potential within the wearable’s market and predict that by 2024, it may hit the $67 billion mark.

· Personalized Medicine

Technology is making it easy for doctors to personalize their treatment, depending on the patient. Precision medicine is one such area, which uses factors such as genetic makeup to determine the kind of medication and therapy the doctor will prescribe. Even those who have rheumatoid arthritis will benefit from precision treatment. The doctors will be able to use genetic makeup to target the vulnerable genes, thus reducing the damage from the disease.

· Telehealth

Telehealth aims at availing medical care to patients through their digital devices. It eliminates the need for face-to-face appointments, which can be time-consuming and costly. Patients now can interact with their physicians virtually. They then receive an instant diagnosis, drug prescription, and any other advice from the doctor.

The Telehealth technology for medical care is especially essential for any patient who is suffering from a chronic disease. Industry reports show that by 2025, the telemedicine market may reach $113.1 billion.

Final Thoughts

The Healthcare sector has been at the forefront of technological innovations. It has led to better diagnosis and treatment of different conditions. Patients can lead better lives because they can manage their conditions better. Technological Innovations such as telehealth make it easy for patients to access the services of the doctors from wherever they are. It will improve the management of specific condition so much easier, thus making it convenient for the patients and caregivers. We can only hope to see so much more around the vital Healthcare sector.

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