Recent improvements in healthcare have been mainly down to the impressive developments in technology. On top of breakthroughs in data collection, research and treatments have allowed those working in the medical profession to use new tools and find new ways to practice medicine.
It can be said that these digital innovations are revolutionizing healthcare. But which technological advances are leading this change in the future of the healthcare industry?
Many medical researchers have recently considered the potential of 3D printing, especially in the medical field.
This has opened up a variety of opportunities, such as the chance to replicate multidimensional models of problematic areas inside patients, which surgeons can handle before actually performing the surgery in real life.
The reproduction of bones or other organs using 3D printing has also changed the way we administer healthcare. Researchers have begun pushing this digital innovation into prosthetics, in particular, creating customized prosthetics and implants for patients.
The creation of pressure sensors for medical devices has also changed the healthcare industry. The extreme accuracy of these sensors provides many key advantages for a variety of mission-critical applications.
With companies now engineering such medical devices that include this added precise measurement of pressure and flow, pressure sensors are ideal for patients living in harsh, high-pressure, and high-temperature environments.
Research shows that only 50% of asthma sufferers feel they have their condition under control, while as many as 94% don’t use their inhaler properly.
The recent development of Bluetooth-enabled smart inhalers has changed the way that asthma patients manage their condition. These smart inhalers include a small device that records the date and time of each dose, as well as information on whether the dose was correctly administered.
The patients then receive this data on their smartphone, meaning that they can keep track of their dosage and control their condition.
After the clinical trials were concluded, the results showed that those using the smart inhalers used less reliever medicine and had more days in which they didn’t have to use their reliever at all.
A technological innovation that has been around for some time but only recently has been used in healthcare is virtual reality.
What virtual reality does is offer medical students the chance to get as close as they can to a real-life experience using technology, particularly rehearsing procedures and providing a visual understanding of the human anatomy.
From a patient point of view, medical devices that use virtual reality help with both diagnosis and treatment plans, as well as prepare them for any upcoming procedures. These devices have also proved useful in patient recovery and rehabilitation.
Wireless Brain Sensors
The creation of bioresorbable electronics from plastics has enabled doctors and scientists to work together to create such devices that can be placed in patients’ brains and then dissolve when they are no longer needed.
Wireless brain sensors have aided doctors in measuring the temperature and pressure within the brain. The dissolution of the sensors also reduces the necessity for any additional surgeries.