There are a lot of exciting health technology innovations today that are at the disposal of both patients and medical professionals.
Think of the wearable fitness trackers. Imagine the health monitors and the virtual healthcare methods that have positively changed our opinion towards the medical and healthcare industry.
Some critics are frowning upon the lack of personal touch of the newest advances in health technology, but these innovations are needed and are here to stay and develop further. Here they are:
1) It Started With Online Consultations and Variations in Health Technology Took Off
It was already practiced before the pandemic but Online Consultations surged well into the rampage of the Covid virus. It branched out into health monitors as a substitute for doctors being unable physically to check the patients’ vital signs. It developed further into other technologies that promote overall wellness such as apps on our smartphones to keep track of our obesity reduction record, calorie consumption, heart health, and others.
There are also apps wherein, instead of the personal consultations of the past, and the virtual checkups of the not-so-recent past, that are extensive documentation of the factual dialogue between the doctor and the patient, the diagnosis in each period, the drugs used, and more. Make it an online record of the personal ledger of the physician with regards to the patient.
2) Virtual Reality
There are beneficial immersive experiences that Virtual Reality provides. Both medical practitioners and patients are rewarded with its potential to improve healthcare delivery.
Imagine an almost realistic and low-risk simulated platform for the training of future surgeons. In the field of orthopedics, pain management, or mental health, immersion in virtual reality software can produce better results and better comprehension on the part of the patients of what they are experiencing medically.
The potential of virtual reality in rehabilitation and therapeutic medicine is boundless and there is much room for better techniques.
3) Nanotechnology and Nanodevices.
There is much debate on the efficacy of chemotherapy in the treatment of cancers. Nanotechnology has made it possible for medical treatment on the molecular level rather than on the whole body (even if other parts don’t need treatment).
Nanopharmaceuticals focuses on delivering smaller drugs with precise execution methods. This technology ultimately aims to apply chemotherapy only on target tumors rather than the whole body because the other anatomical parts don’t need the drugs being applied.
4) 3D Printing of Needed Body Parts.
Think about the scenario today when a patient needs a certain organ or limb and because of delays in supply delivery, the operation needed to perform the procedure can’t proceed.
But with 3D printing, these needs can be created on the spot (in a matter of hours) out of skinlike or organlike substitutes based on documented software of the needed organ or body part’s internal molecular and DNA components. There is no need to wait for supplies to arrive or organ donors to deliver the parts needed.
Health Technology is a field that is exciting and full of potential to improve the standard of health and fitness of humankind. Stay tuned for more innovations in the months and years to come!