Technology is constantly changing our lives. Not only has it made working incredibly easier thanks to the internet, but it has also made home life a lot easier. After all, we now have many different gadgets that have made cleaning our homes so much easier! But did you know that there is also a lot of tech that is revolutionizing healthcare?
As technological advances are continually rolled out across healthcare, more and more patients are now surviving what were once life-threatening diseases and illnesses. And advanced surgical techniques and discoveries in pharmaceuticals now mean that there is a whole load of new treatments for various illnesses and conditions.
Do you know what some of the biggest advancements in medical technologies are? Here are some that have helped to make the largest advancements in healthcare.
3D printing has been in the news a lot throughout 2016. That’s because this was the year when this new form of printing really took off in a variety of ways. It is now being used by many different companies and firms, in all different walks of business. But one of the biggest advantages of using 3D printers has been seen in the medical industry. And that is because it is now being used to produce a lots of different medical equipment. For instance, thanks to 3D printing, a company who supply dentists with teeth braces are now able to easily meet their daily demand. And it’s all because 3D printing can help them produce them a lot quicker. 3D printers now also make it incredibly easy for custom-made back braces and prosthetic limbs to be made.
The robotic revolution is finally here! And no, that doesn’t mean that robots are taking over. Well, not yet at least! But it does mean that many robots are now able to carry out a lot of complicated jobs on the frontline of medicine. For instance, robotic back surgery is now on the increase thanks to incredible advancements in robotic technologies. And the part that robots play in healthcare is only going to get more and more important. It is believed that robots will be able to help out in most aspects of work in hospitals. For example, they could be tasked with minor surgical procedures. They may also even be given the boring jobs such as washing hospital laundry! One thing is for sure, if there is a way robots can help out, it looks like they will be put to work in that area!
Did you think that artificial intelligence was only in films and science fiction novels? Think again! There are now many computers in hospitals that have been loaded up with many important medical journals and reports that contain incredibly important information. And it is thought that the computers will soon be able to use all of this information to make their own decisions. In fact, in just a couple of years, computers may have the knowledge to diagnose patients without being accompanied by a human doctor. But that isn’t the limit to how artificial intelligence can help us. Some doctors even think that it will be able to train trainee doctors and nurses in the future. So what exactly is the benefit of using computers and other AI machines in this way? Well, the thinking is that it will be able to free up human doctors’ time so that they are able to concentrate on looking for new cures and other medical breakthroughs. Some people also believe that this is only the beginning when it comes to AI’s use in medicine. There is one theory that artificial intelligence will be able to take someone’s medical history and genome to build up an entire picture of that person’s health. This cold then be used to predict any potentially life-threatening diseases that they may have to face in the future.
Brain-computer interfaces – or BCIs as they are often more commonly known – have had little media coverage so far. But that is set to completely change in 2017 as this incredible technology is set for a boom. So what exactly is BCI and why is it being seen as the future of healthcare? Well, it’s all because it will be able to bring a new freedom to disabled patients. The BCI helps them to control robotic limbs and prosthetic limbs. So they will be able to move their prosthetics with just the power of thought. This may sound like something straight out of a sci-fi movie, but it will be a commonplace treatment in just a few years if the research continues at the same pace. Eventually, many scientists hope that this new wearable tech will be able to also improve life for Alzheimer’s sufferers and those who have to live with chronic pain.
Thought augmented reality was restricted to video games? Not anymore! In fact, many scientists are starting to use it in their diagnostic procedures. There are now many apps for tablet devices going through rigorous testing before they are launched to health professionals. These use augmented reality to show surgeons and doctors organs and other structures in the body without the need of them having to cut into a patient first to get a good look. Another cool example of how augmented reality can be used to diagnose illnesses is Google’s new digital contact lens. The lens pics up on the wearer’s tears and is able to use the liquid to diagnose diabetes.
As well as all this exciting tech that is being developed to cure current diseases, many healthcare professionals are also working on tech to protect us from diseases and illnesses that have yet to be discovered. It is thought that the development of gaming could produce new diseases, such as virtual post-traumatic stress disorder. And the only way we will be able to cure all these tech-driven diseases is by using the technology itself.
As you can see, the future of tech in healthcare is looking very bright indeed!