Improving our living conditions has been the focus of mankind since its advent. Fighting diseases and developing medicines play 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.
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. It has also allowed doctors and patients to have a connection during the ongoing medical curfews placed around the world. With cities that have or are still the epicenters of the coronavirus, people have received virtual consultations from their homes too.
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 they are following the correct procedures. Women who have given birth during these trying times received such forms of care delivery a lot recently. Teleconsultation is also useful to local health care workers, as experts are capable of providing education and training to existing and new staff. This has allowed them to offer coaching on how to cater to the needs of the patients, provide enough care to remote patients, and how to integrate various electronic and digital devices with the practice, which brings us to another trend that has become ubiquitous in medical technology industries.
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 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.
It serves a twofold benefit. Not only is it environment friendly, but it has also made the review and delivery of patient record quick and effective. The on-duty staff can 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. With the widespread usage of HER systems around the world, we have also seen an increase in the number of technology companies with an initiative to improve the qualitative aspect with advanced features, as well as the quantitative aspect with better billing solutions.
High-end Medical Equipment:
Medical technologies such as 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, after a successful operation, 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 close-by 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 less recovery time.
Doctors and researchers are 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 using 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 around 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 accessible. Even dreaming about visiting a doctor from hundreds or thousands of miles away would have been hard to believe 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.