New technology abounds in every industry, but they are rarely more amazing than the innovations that we see in modern medicine. Some people are a bit skeptical over some of the new technological advances, with concerns about human positions being replaced by robots and other machinery. A look at the broader picture, however, shows that these advances will be a far bigger help than a hindrance to those in the medical profession. Here are just a few of the latest advances in medical technology that are a huge asset to those in patient care.
Living Organ Transplants
New innovations create conditions similar to those in the human body, which allow organs to remain in a “living” state and reduce pre-transplant deterioration that typically progresses quickly. “Warm donor perfusion system technology” has the potential to greatly increase the success rate of transplant surgery.
Leadless pacemakers have recently been approved for use and are a wonderful technological development for patients. Implantation is less invasive and requires far less recovery time. There is no chest incision and as the device is completely internal, it does not show through skin.
In the past, patients that required several days of monitoring with a Holter Monitor or similar devices were hooked up to wires and information had to be regularly pulled from the device in a clinical setting. Current technology allows users to remain under monitoring for far longer and they are not hindered by the wires of previous versions of these devices.
Diagnosing GI and other issues can be far less invasive with ingestible technology. These pill-like systems are activated by stomach acid and can provide images and data that previously were difficult or even impossible to obtain. Real-time monitoring is also an option with ingestible technology.
Robotics technology in healthcare has been growing tremendously. Advancements in prosthetics are beginning to see augmented limbs that allow patients to control movement by thought. Robotic surgery allows physicians to do more delicate surgery in a less invasive manner with faster recovery times. Even robotics advancements in direct patient care can assist with things like lifting and transporting patients with less risk to the caregiver.
Health Care Apps
In addition to all of the clinical technology, there are constant developments of new apps for both caregivers and patients. From apps to track and monitor progress and results to apps that allow patients to receive diagnosis of more common conditions without setting foot in a medical office, new phone and tablet apps are innovating and streamlining healthcare.
With all these new innovations, should healthcare professionals fear losing their positions to technology in the near future? Experts say there is nothing to worry about. Even as some more menial tasks may be relegated to technology in the future, the human element of healthcare will always remain. People will look to physicians, nurses, and other medical professionals to oversee and maintain their health care plan and to provide the necessary personal touch and bedside manner that everyone craves.