Technology is quickly changing the way healthcare is operated and managed. Technology is a great resource for healthcare professional and patients alike. As a society, healthcare professionals are able to do extraordinary things with vast technology that has been designed in the last 10 or even 20 years.
When healthcare first started, advancements were slow; however, gained traction with inventions like the stethoscope, defibrillator, IVs and more! From here, the healthcare technology has expanded into the future with robots, holograms, telemedicines and so much more.
Artificial Intelligence has been around just as long as computers have. Artificial Intelligence (AI) has the ability to make a computer perform human-like tasks and functions. This is how cars can drive themselves.
In the healthcare field, AI is used for providing medicine and X-ray readings. It can also act as a personal healthcare coach who can remind you to take your daily walk, take your medicine, check your blood sugar levels and more! We have just started to uncover all of the fascinating tasks and functions AI is capable of in the healthcare industry.
Dictionary.com defines virtual reality as, “a realistic and immersive simulation of a three-dimensional environment, created using interactive software and hardware, and experienced or controlled by movement of the body.”
Virtual Reality has changed the way things are done in healthcare. It is used as surgery simulation, phobia treatment, robotic surgery, and skill training.
For example, HumanSim system is used for nurses and other healthcare professionals to interact with an environment. It engages real-life scenarios and turns them into a training session, how cool! Virtual Reality is also being used to help patients during the healing process. This allows for the patients to drift off into a different world, or help with the fear before a surgery.
3D Printing itself has taken off in so many different industries from education to healthcare. There is a shortage of organs needed for people in the United States and United Kingdom, and 3D printing could help with this dilemma. With 3D printing, healthcare professionals have the ability to print organs, tissue, and even something as small as blood vessels.
Do you remember the show called, “The Magic School Bus.” The teacher would take the students on science adventures, and once, they shrunk the bus and went inside a human body to investigate what was going on with this person's illness. In its most simple form, this is nanotechnology.
Nanotechnology is the same size as the cells inside your body. This is such a microscopic advancement! There are two forms on nanotechnology. The Medical Futurist explains it perfectly. The first is Drexlerian molecule-sized machine. This is able to build and manipulate the environment on a molecular level.
The second is called, biological nanotech. This uses DNA and machinery to create unique structures of protein and DNA as a building material. Nanotechnology is using small microscopic robots, AI, and other forms of technology to repair cells, DNA, and give medicine to the body. The options are endless with what can be done.
We probably all know someone who uses a fitness tracker each and everyday. Fitness trackers help track your calorie intake, fitness levels, weight loss and gain, how much sleep you get and more. These are some of the best fitness trackers currently on the market!
Smartphones have completely changed the way we interact on a personal and business level. Almost everyone has a smartphone, and in the healthcare industry, this is helping patients and physicians.
Telemedicine provides a two-way real time interactive communication between a patient and a physician without going directly to the clinic or hospital. You can get a prescription refill or ask advice on a medical concern, it is all possible through a smartphone or computer.
At the end of the day, we have just reached a starting point on how technology is helping the healthcare industry. Just imagine in 10 years, the technology and capabilities that will be offered to patients.
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