HOW ARE NEW TECHNOLOGIES CHANGING HEALTHCARE?
Nowadays, technology affects all the aspects of our daily lives; as a matter of fact, healthcare has evolved to become more sophisticated and effective than ever.
We are just looking forward to a future dominated by artificial intelligence, robotics and investigation.
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NEW AND EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES IN HEALTHCARE
Indeed, medicine and technology go hand in hand today, and we can envision a productive future as they come together. There will be remarkable advancements in the years to come, and some of them are already here:
1. Wearables: they come in different types and cover a variety of functions (sleep tracking, fitness enhancement and health monitoring, among others).
2. 3D Printing: it allows us to create good quality prosthetics while keeping the costs down.
3. Big Data: by using specific health data analytics, it is possible to prevent diseases, reduce costs and provide better care in general.
4. Robotics: exoskeletons, surgical robots and robot companions have become a reality.
5. Artificial Intelligence: supercomputers will revolutionise the way we approach treatments and investigation, by harvesting and optimising data and systems.
6. Nanotechnology: nanodevices and microrobots will deliver treatments in a precise and targeted way.
7. Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality: they will give the professionals and patients improved capabilities by creating immersive and enhanced experiences, that will improve the medical treatment.
Source: The Medical Futurist
NEW HEALTHCARE TECHNOLOGY FOR ELDERLY
Seniors citizens are very much in favour of the digital revolution as the figures show:
The older generation is rapidly catching up with the new technologies. Therefore it’s very advisable to make it part of the change, but how is this achieved?
First, it is important to get engaged with the patients by educating them and giving easy access to the required information (medical records, prescriptions, online appointments, etc.) Also, making the interfaces user-friendly and taking advantage of social media are good ways to keep them engaged.
Overall, technology has improved senior care, the upcoming of the Internet of Medical Things (IOMT) has revolutionised the treatments by allowing connected devices to share vital data: GPS trackers, cameras, virtual assistants, phone apps and smart implants are some of the innovations serving this purpose.
NEW TECHNOLOGIES IN PERSONALIZED HEALTHCARE
One of the significant advancements in medical science is the so-called precision medicine, that allows the patients to receive personalised healthcare based on their genome, lifestyle and environment.
There are some challenges, though, as it requires keeping large amounts of data and here is where the innovation takes over: the blockchain technology (together with artificial intelligence) form the perfect combo to keep the data secure while handled, shared and analysed across different platforms.
Source: Technology Networks
HEALTHCARE COSTS FOR NEW TECHNOLOGIES
Finally, another significant advantage that technology has brought along in the medical field is the reduction of costs.
In the following years will see more affordable, effective and automated healthcare. Here, some of the practical solutions to common problems:
- Prevention will reduce excessive demand: wearables can help with this task, by monitoring the users’ health.
- Affordable medicines: AI can help to reduce costs in the research of new drugs and medications.
- Automation of administrative tasks: like appointments made via apps.
- Diagnoses will become more accurate: thanks to AI and machine learning.