Written By Sheerin Jafri / Reviewed By Ray Spotts
Technology and digital applications are fast changing the healthcare industry. They are integrated to fulfill the requirements of better diagnosis, improved treatment, and disease management.
The integration of technological applications into healthcare was already taking place. Nevertheless, the pandemic led to an upsurge in its use to limit the spread of the disease, improve disinfection and disease detection measures. Let’s look at the major innovations in the healthcare industry today that are fueled by high-quality research and development initiatives.
Pills That Will Identify The Issue
There are high-tech solutions now being sought in the healthcare sector that were only a concept in the past. Not far into the future, you might take the smart pills. When inside your body, they will look for the issue themselves.
These smart pills might offer better results than the regular pills that you currently take. They can be made to release the right amount of medicine and on the target. The pills, when swallowed, will look for the problem in your intestine and release the appropriate amount of medicine to fight the issue.
The only challenge facing the development of such pills is making non-toxic batteries. The research for them is also underway. These high-level solutions are sought out to counter the complex medical conditions facing humans today. They have forced medical science to think out of the box and work on innovative solutions.
Reusable And Breathable Gowns
The pandemic saw a surge in single-use plastic for making masks, gowns, goggles, and ear protection. The development of reusable gowns now is a step in the right direction. They are available in all sizes, including plus size and breathable isolation gowns that simultaneously protect the workforce and the environment.
These breathable gowns are FDA approved and are an excellent choice for everyone, especially those working with Covid-19-positive patients.
Increased Integration Of Artificial Intelligence
Artificial intelligence is taking over all sectors of industry, and healthcare is no exception. It is one of the most useful innovations for health service providers.
However, it is also one of the least understood innovations that is also surrounded by myths that cloud people’s understanding. However, numbers paint the right picture. According to the consulting firm Accenture, growth in the AI market is predicted to reach a value of $6.6 billion in 2021.
They also state that major AI healthcare technological applications will help U.S. healthcare save $150 billion by 2026.
Use Of Robots In Surgery
Although robots have been in the healthcare sector for some time now, their use has recently become more prolific and integrated. It is observed that robotic surgeons are better than humans regarding the precision and accuracy of performing surgical procedures.
The use of robots is a great innovation for the healthcare industry across the globe. It has released excessive burden from the human surgeons, improved efficiency, and treatment outcomes.
Nowadays, one in every four hospitals in the U.S. has at a minimum one da Vinci robot. These da Vinci robots require humans to operate them. At the same time, there are some stand-alone systems as well that do not require any human assistance during surgery.
Some recent studies state that the use of robots in surgery also reduces the risk of blood loss. Moreover, surgeries done with robotic assistants were 83 percent less likely to need blood transfusions than those with human surgeons.
Internet Of Things In The Medical Field
As the Internet of Things or IoT – (the billions of physical devices around the world that are now connected to the internet, all collecting and sharing data) - is helping in other fields, the medical field is getting help from the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT).
This technological integration in the healthcare sector reduces human interaction and provides seamless healthcare services to its customers. The goal is to interconnect and streamline all the information to avoid mistakes due to human errors.
As a result, there have been infrastructural changes such as connected medical devices, online portals, and platforms to improve diagnosis. Both patients and doctors have access to the right information and people with no spatial barriers.
Internet of Medical Things has allowed for remote management of patient data and treatment. The latest development in this field has been the incorporation of CIoMT or Cognitive IoMT, which assimilates sensory data with the automatic processing of information through networks.
This application results in real-time diagnosis, monitoring, and tracking changes in the patient's condition and disease control. One of the examples is a German startup, Uventions, offering solutions for automatic disinfection of the surfaces.
The sensors detect the activity and presence of germs and bacteria on door handles, objects, and surfaces, etc., and automatically disinfect it.
Accelerated Interest In Telemedicine
Covid-19 gave a real boost to the adoption of telemedicine by the masses. Many governments, hospitals, and other healthcare facilities also gave their nod of approval for the widespread use of telemedicine due to social distancing requirements.
Patients felt it easier and safer to choose the virtual ways of discussing their medical conditions with a medical professional rather than an actual in-person visit.
During the pandemic, telemedicine was also hailed to decongest the hospitals and make space for emergency cases and critically ill patients. Thus, it minimized the crowd and the unnecessary spread of the infection among the masses, making it worse than it already was.
Telemedicine has also helped the already stressed healthcare system take care of the elderly population from a remote facility, reduce the need for beds, and help maintain the social distancing measures simultaneously.
Accelerated integration of telemedicine has been a great innovation in recent times. It will continue to help healthcare in the time to come because it will take some time for patients to shed the thoughts of getting infected from a facility crowded with patients with all kinds of diseases.
Due to changes in the needs of patients and complex diseases hovering over this planet, the healthcare industry has geared to introduce innovative changes for the last many years. The integration of technology opened ways for the sector that was inconceivable.
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Sheerin Jafri is a creative and passionate blogger who loves to write on various trending topics. She looks forward to pursuing a career as a financial analyst and is keen to learn about business and lifestyle.
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