With the advent of new trends and innovations, it became more exciting to work in any field. Now we don’t talk about a profession. We talk about the technologies related to it and making it grow. The same is true for healthcare. Emerging technology in healthcare includes all tools, medications, vaccines, procedures. Also, systems to streamline healthcare processes, cut costs, and improve patient quality.
Emerging Technologies In Healthcare
Artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, voice search, chatbots. More on, virtual reality (VR), 3D printing are few emerging technologies in healthcare. It’s only fair if we use these to leverage the quality of life and standards of living. Healthcare organizations can improve patient health outcomes. Moreover, be cost-effective and provide quality care by adopting these new technologies.
These technologies also benefit patients. They can better check and control their health information. It shows that technology can help ensure that everyone has a better, safer future. Let us see the latest emerging technologies in healthcare. Also, observe how they are helping medical staff and customers.
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Artificial Intelligence (AI) speeds up the retrieval and processing of health care data. It is much quicker than a human can. Also, with much greater efficiency. Another use case of AI and ML algorithms is to identify and diagnose health problems. Such as physical and mental disorders. These algorithms have proved to be beneficial. Both in studying test results and concluding.
Google has recently formed an AI for the analysis of breast cancer under the name “DeepMind.” On average 11.5%, the algorithms identify successful breast cancer from pre-selected datasets. Outperforming all human radiologists. This means a pathway can lead the analysis of even more complex medical diseases. With higher accuracy. AI also analyzes a patient’s Electronic Health Record (EHR) information more efficiently. Moreover, identify their health issues and find different ways to handle them. Besides, AI can detect irregularities in MRI and X-rays. Scans to improve the pathology and radiology fields. This emerging technology in healthcare is taking the health tech industry higher.
Internet of Medical Things (IoMT)
The Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) is a combination of medical devices and applications. It connects healthcare architectures. Also, links various systems to make the system more efficient. The applications are many and use cases are widespread. IoMT is in use not only to globalize records and data of patients but also for treatments and medicines. This means every doctor can access the data of a patient from a central database. So patients in a particular city or country can get the same treatment every year. Also, every doctor is aware of their history throughout that place.
IoMT is an interesting emerging technology in medicine. Still faces some regulatory issues and more problems. While deploying it in areas where the technologies are absent. To get the benefit of this emerging healthcare technology. We first have to make these technologies available to every city and town. According to HPE Aruba, implantable chips like glucose-monitoring systems. will soon give patients (and their doctors) access to their biodata. On their smartphones via apps for better monitoring.
Blockchain is useful in healthcare for the hype about bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. The important thing about blockchain is digital data storage. It creates the transaction ledger. Which is not only transparent but impossible to manipulate. When you use blockchain to get data. The information you enter and other data will stay with you. Rather than being stored on some server owned by the company providing the services. Talk about online security and privacy.
In medicine, AR can help to improve health, administer vaccines. Also, with major outcomes of operations. AR is often used to make certain tasks more efficient. Such as saving and analyzing patient records and vital signs in real-time. While a doctor examines a patient. It has the potential to construct live visuals of the ‘insides’ of patients. Using 3D scans and CAT scans. AR glasses are on the same principle by Cambridge consultants in Boston, Massachusetts. It allows us to see through the patients’ internals to Doctors using scans.
Virtual Reality (VR)
Like AR, Virtual Reality (VR) can also assist in clinician preparation. Through simulation, patient education, and treatment help. Some of these have been researched by the University of Birmingham. VR headsets show nature scenes. This helps people sleep better and relax more. Another research involved VR headsets being in use to teach patients. How to timely inhale and exhale with the game design of aiming a trebuchet to launch a projectile into the sea. For the training of medical practitioners’s/hospital staff. VR headsets are also being used at Torbay Hospital, South Devon. To teach them to better empathize with patients. The implementation could be across the world. To improve patient care and teach important healthcare materials to professionals.
Companies like Osso VR and ImmersiveTouch have developed programs on VR. To train future surgeons and help existing surgeons in performing operations. A study by Harvard Business Review showed that surgeons who did use the VR technique to train had a 230% improvement in their performance. As compared to their traditional trained counterparts. The VR-trained surgeons were also more accurate and faster in performing surgical procedures.
Furthermore, to distract a patient from their pain and offer relief. VR Pain Relief uses a virtual world of landscapes and changing seasons. This can have some great applications for child specialists. Alongside this, VR headsets can be in use for the treatments of various phobias to reduce fear. While it has been used to desensitize arachnophobes (people who fear spiders) by 83%. It has the potential to treat more types of phobias.
It is predicted that the global robotics market will rise from $71 billion in 2015 to $135.4 billion in 2019. A 17% annual growth rate. Revenue for healthcare robots is also estimated to increase from $1.7 billion in 2016 to $2.8 billion in 2021. We have seen many robots performing invasive surgeries in the previous year.
Robotics can also work hand in hand with health information technology to allow autonomous data collection. It can provide reliable data for health IT professionals in various health care fields. Such as surgery, drug delivery, cognitive recovery, and patient management. To take it a step further, remote surgeries by Doctors using specialized robotics. Such as the Vinci surgery robot’ will be a possibility via super-fast 5G connections.
3D printing has been growing in recent years, and soon and moving towards the future. It could be possible to 3D print or Bio-print tissue structures using living cells. Research at TU Wien in Vienna, Austria has been developing a high-resolution 3D printing technique. To create precisely and ‘guided’ tissue structures. Living synthetic organ generation could be a possibility and help the world.
Every doctor wants to have an omnipotent. All-knowing device to diagnose and analyze any disease. Like the medical tricorder used in the fictional Star Trek series. Which was a portable device that scanned patients and gave out a diagnosis. We could be close to something like that. It is one of the finest emerging healthcare technology. The Viacom CheckMe Pro, a hand-held device. It can measure heart rate, temperature, oxygen saturation, blood pressure, ECG, and more. Moreover, another one from BioIntelliSens is BioSticker. It can measure a huge range of parameters. Like heart rate, skin temperature, activity levels, body positions, gait. More on, respiratory rate, sleep status, and more.
Though we are far from the actual tricorder. The future does hold immense improvements in scanning diseases. By using these different emerging technologies in healthcare.
It is the combination of emerging technology in the healthcare industry. They will lead us to the future of globalization. It will be difficult to name different fields as science and artwork together in the future. Time has come to embrace & work together to see a better world. Where everything and everyone can benefit from these technological advances.