Technology has always played an enormous part in the world of healthcare. It’s the reason we’re all living longer. It’s the reason why we’re creating new cures every year. Technology is the reason we can operate using lasers and diagnose patients with computers. The technological leap in the last thirty years is simply staggering.
But, we’re about to enter a new era. The experts at USA Medical and Surgical are already placing orders for incredible new diagnostic equipment. Doctors are using augmented reality during operations, and we’re creating new organs with 3D printers. Best of all, we’re just exploring the tip of the iceberg. The realms of possibility extend further than we can even imagine. Today, we’re looking at what’s happening right now in hospitals around the world. More importantly, we’re looking at what’s on the horizon. What’s next in medical technology? Let’s take a look.
3D Printers – If you’ve been following technology blogs, you’ll know that 3D printers are here to stay. Many predicted they would change the world, but then the buzz quickly died down. Well, 3D printers are quietly changing the world in certain industries. One such industry is healthcare. In the last six months, scientists have started printing biological organ parts and soft tissue. In fact, they recently inserted a 3D-printed windpipe into a cancer patient. Doctors are also using 3D-printers to create artificial limbs. This fantastic technology is just the start of new tissue regeneration.
Wearable technology – You’ve probably all heard about ‘Google Glass’. It’s the wearable technology that allows you to add information to the world around you. It’s called augmented reality. Although it’s yet to take off commercially; doctors are starting to integrate this technology into their surgeries. Doctors are using Google Glass to see patient data and vital statistics right in front of them while they operate. It will help improve accuracy and reduce accidents.
Robotic checkups – We’re all expecting the robot takeover at some point. But, who knew it would start in the doctor’s surgery? Next time you visit your doctor, you might find a robotic assistant taking your vital signs. Robots are currently in development that will take your blood pressure and register your pulse. It could be just the thing to reduce doctor waiting times.
Digestible sensors – Medical diagnosis has improved significantly over the last two decades. Thanks to sophisticated scanners and computer equipment, it’s easier than ever to highlight illnesses. However, doctors and scientists are keen to go further. Digestible sensors will allow patients to swallow a pill that will infiltrate the bloodstream. These sensors will target the causal areas, and give specific readings to the doctors. It’s the most accurate diagnoses system we’ve come across yet.
Telemedicine – We have recently seen a quick rise in the level of telemedicine. In essence, this is providing medical assistance from afar. Therapists are using video calls to talk to patients, for example. Doctor’s surgeries are now providing patients with instant access to their records and prescription information. It means all conditions are managed from home, saving crucial hospital time.
As you can see, we’re on the brink of a huge technological leap. The technology here will save more lives, and change the face of healthcare.