Technology is quickly and constantly changing in today’s society, and innovations are bound to make their way into the field of medicine. As time moves forward, one would benefit from keeping a lookout for these innovations that have the ability to revolutionize healthcare.
Drones are becoming more common for delivering goods to consumers, and they may soon be used to deliver medical supplies to patients. This would be amazing for those who can’t go out or move much. New treatments and research may be done as people continue to allow their devices to access health data. Researchers will be able to search and use this anonymous information to inform their questions.
Stem cells, made from umbilical cord blood donated by healthy mothers, have the potential to aid in tricky diseases. Diabetes research has led to the potential for stem cells to be used to replace pancreatic beta cells and cure the disease. Along with this, researchers are beginning to sample DNA from more diverse populations. In doing this, treatment can be more individualized and benefit everyone.
Cancer research is also being changed. When researchers from different institutions are working together, institutional review boards are beginning to accept the rulings of any of the involved institutional review boards. For those with neuromuscular dysfunction, a wristband is being created to detect signals from the brain being sent to the muscle, which could aid in individualizing rehabilitation.
Additionally, pocket ultrasound machines are being created that are cheaper than the ones found in medical settings. These make imaging easier and may make it more routine and accessible. Artificial intelligence is also being created that can help radiologists more accurately diagnose cancers. This will prevent false-positive diagnoses and increase how early those with dangerous cancers can get treated.
Artificial intelligence is also being made to read through the millions of published articles every year and make the most salient results available to clinicians and researchers. Medicine is also being added to supermarkets in the form of health centers, where patients can walk in and buy a counseling session, a physical exam, or even a dental exam.
Imaging is being used to print 3D models of a patient’s organs, which allows physicians to see more clearly what is going on for a more cohesive treatment plan. Finally, virtual reality is being used to rehabilitate people who have undergone brain injury, bone breaks, or other limiting injuries. VR helps expand the scope of exercises and settings available during rehabilitation.
Technology is far from perfect, but it is a useful tool for aiding humans. In medicine, this is incredibly evident from the vast array of technological innovations being used to create more accessibility, better outcomes, and more informed professionals.