Every industry is in the process of being upended by a technical revolution. From self-driving cars to decentralised economies, each day brings with it innovation.
Healthcare is an industry that needs significant support if it is to stand up to the challenges of an ageing society, exponential population growth and increasing weight on the health service in general.
Thankfully, we have seen multiple advances that could signal a new age in medicine.
AI capabilities will offer valuable efficiencies in many industries, with healthcare standing to benefit significantly. Company’s such as Cerebro are supporting a revolutionary new staffing model in the US powering AI-driven clinical support, ensuring hospitals who require additional clinicians receive the resource as and when they need it in an efficient, on-demand model.
In a separate step to reduce the load on care systems, smart bot developers are helping hospitals create digital assistants who can guide patients as to the best course of action, be it connecting with a medical professional, scheduling an appointment or repeating a subscription – all without the need of any human interaction.
As much as artificial intelligence can support healthcare professionals, adding to their reality may help deepen pools of knowledge. Enterprises such as Google are working on contact lenses that can assist in the management of day-to-day conditions such as diabetes, reducing the load on doctors through early detection of complications.
Microsoft, on the other hand, is evolving their version of smart eyewear but in this context are focusing on what the doctor sees. The Hololens could go so far as to project information into the doctor’s or surgeon’s line of sight as they take on complicated procedures, leveraging vital information or even another’s expertise.
While technology has advanced in recent years, the majority of those with missing limbs could still only rely on a fairly immobile replacement – until now.
Pioneering work has evolved prosthetics that can, in effect, connect to the mind of the user, allowing an almost full range of movement with control over hands and fingers.
Pain management is one of the most prominent subjects in modern medicine. MBST is fighting the cause of pain at a cellular level, healing patients through a complex cell-regeneration process.
The technology is the leading musculoskeletal approach to rediscovering pain-free, healthy joints without undergoing painful surgery. The non-invasive, risk-free therapy is so effective it is used in both human and veterinary treatment, helping those with conditions ranging from osteoarthritis to osteoporosis to more acute sporting injuries. This is one of the real innovations in the pain management sector.
There is no limitation to the application of technology in the healthcare world. As costs continue to go up and the number of those needing medical support is only ever increasing, such innovations are vital in maintaining high-quality palliative care on a broad scale.