Improving our living conditions has been the focus of mankind since its advent. Fighting diseases and developing medicines plays a major part in the improvement of living conditions. We have developed and used numerous ways to improve this process. Today, with the increasing demand and incorporation of technology in every field, the healthcare industry has the most to gain. Health Tech and medical innovations have become the focus of researchers and developers around the globe. The latest technologies like Big Data, AI, Machine Learning, Cloud Computing, and many more are being deployed to improve medical equipment and medicines.
The outstanding inventions seen in recent years in information assembling, testing, diagnosis, and interactions have provided new resources for medical professionals and health care providers and innovative ways to practice medicine. Below we see how Healthcare and the medical industries are exploring new ventures and using the newest technology to improve health conditions.
Telemedicine is the fastest growing trend in the healthcare industry. Telehealth technologies including video conferencing are becoming cost-effective ways of complementing local health systems. It is especially beneficial for those living in rural areas and remote communities and needing daily access to medical professionals living many kilometers away. Using the communications technologies, you have medical practitioners, nurses, midwives, health workers, and physicians who provide the patient with face-to-face care support during the teleconsultation with the specialist to ensure that the correct procedures are performed. Teleconsultation is also useful to local health care workers, as experts are practically capable of providing education and training.
Electronic Health Records (EHRs):
The replacement of obsolete paper records by Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and online databases has been a massive game-changer for every related person in the medical world. Medical assistants to registered practitioners and nurses are just a few of the professions that this industry-wide introduction has affected. It is the responsibility of nurses and technicians to feed patient data into a digitized central system. The on-duty staff can easily review patient records with diagnostic codes (such as test results) to provide easy services. Medical billers can also use the system to provide insurance companies with medical claims.
High-end Medical Equipment:
Medical technologies such as minimally invasive surgery, improved monitoring systems, and more convenient imaging equipment allow patients to spend less recovery time and more time enjoying a healthy life. The combination of medical equipment technology and telehealth has also enabled robotic surgery where, when the operation is done, doctors do not even need to be with a patient in the operating room. Surgeons can work out of their “home base” instead, so patients can have the operation done in a closeby hospital. With other robotic procedures, the surgeon is still in the room, operating the robotic machines, but the technology allows for an invasive procedure that results in less scarring and substantially less recovery time.
Doctors and researchers are actively conducting research and testing new procedures to help prevent, diagnose, and treat diseases, along with the development of new medicines and treatments that can relieve symptoms. Scientists have been able to examine diseases at a cellular level and develop antibodies against them through the use of engineering in medical research. These vaccines work wonders against life-threatening diseases such as malaria, measles, MMR, and more. They are also helpful in preventing disease transmission and save thousands of lives worldwide. The World Health Organization reports that vaccines save nearly 3 million lives a year and protect millions from contracting deadly viruses and diseases.
Medical technological advances have made most life-saving procedures commonplace and easily accessible. Even dreaming about visiting a doctor from hundreds or thousands of miles away would have been hard to believe just a few decades ago. Technology is improving health at a rapid pace, from remote monitoring devices and wearable medical technology to researching equipment and machines.