Technology always moves forward, and it affects every industry, including healthcare. Some tech is still in its infancy, like artificial womb technology, but some advancements are already here. The following are five exciting advancements worth looking into.
1. Mobile Health Apps
Along with the artificial womb technology, another major way healthcare is changing has to do with apps. More people have a phone capable of downloading apps. So it was only a matter of time before people started using apps for health, which is making healthcare more precise.
Some of these apps can track health more effectively. Other applications are used to manage health, like managing diet or exercise. As a result, it’s easier for healthcare specialists to offer clear instructions through these apps.
It’s also easier for patients to follow directions, especially if they can go back to those instructions at any time since they are on their phones. Of course, there’s no telling what more could be done with apps, but it’s worth paying attention to it.
2. Remote Tech
Remote technology is also rising. What this tech can do is amazing, and it’s taking healthcare to new heights. For example, doctors can read an EEG anywhere they want.
Doctors have to be in many places at once, yet they can evaluate a patient remotely. This can speed up diagnoses and improve doctor and patient relations, which is always a good thing. Remote tech has also introduced telemedicine.
In essence, patients can talk to their doctors or nurses through video chats. Visits done this way are more convenient for everyone involved. In addition, it reduces wait times in hospitals, and it’s much easier for patients with mobility issues.
3. Wearable Technology
Wearable tech is exciting, too, because it helps log medical data in ways never thought possible before. But, finally, the patient wears this type of tech. It could be a watch or a band.
It uses sensors to help track things like heartbeats or the amount of sleep someone gets. For example, it can track cardiac behavior and blood pressure changes. Keep in mind that wearable tech is only getting started. The technology may start tracking other things as it improves.
The wearable tech stores all this data and transmits it to the doctor. The information is more precise and should help improve diagnoses. In addition, professionals can offer faster suggestions for lifestyle changes, thanks to this tech.
4. Digitization of Health Records
For a long time, medical records had to be recorded on paper. While this was quite effective, it was also time-consuming. Doctors and nurses used a lot of their time updating records.
Having good data ensures that medicine is practiced properly, but it did lead to long waits. The good thing is that today’s technology is changing all of that. The digitization of health records is giving nurses and doctors their time back.
It reduces errors since they are easier to catch digitally. It’s also reducing wait times, which everyone can be happy about. Transferring this type of data from hospital to hospital is also much easier, not to mention that this means less paperwork. AI tech is helping doctors take notes to review them later.
5. Robot-Assisted Surgery
An exciting tech advancement has to do with surgeries. While surgeons always tried their best, errors were still possible, no matter how good they were. However, today’s technology pushes things to another level, thanks to robot-assisted surgeries.
Surgeons are using precision machines to help them with surgeries. This isn’t only reducing errors; it’s speeding up healing since the incisions are more precise. This also reduces the chances of patients developing infections that could lead to increased hospital time or cause a patient to come back after being released.
Precision also reduces blood loss and prevents major scarring. This doesn’t mean robotic tools are replacing surgeons, but they are making them more effective surgeons. Unfortunately, there’s no telling how robotic tools will help in the future.
Now, you know how much healthcare has advanced with technology. But, try to remember that these advancements represent steps that tomorrow’s technologies will use to push things beyond what people today can even imagine.