How far can technology revolutionize the medical industry? Experts believe that the scope is worth vouching for. From drones to augmented reality, medical technology has come a long way, and more companies are willing to invest in this. According to reports, this industry may reach the $467-billion mark by 2020. Technology is important for saving and improving lives, especially in a world where healthcare professionals are struggling with new diseases and poor medical facilities. Medtree – a leading supplier of first aid kids, brings a guide to the best tech trends worth noting.
Drones have the capability and scope to deliver medicinal supplies and live-saving drugs to areas, which have poor access to roads, hospitals and basic facilities. The company – Zipline has pioneered the first national drone delivery network of the world, which has been working for Rwanda and is expected to make expansions in Tanzania soon. Hopefully, health workers won’t have to travel long distances to offer supplies in the future.
Augmented Reality (AR)
A lot has been written about Augmented Reality (AR), and medical surgery is one of the fields that promises scope for harnessing the technology. Touch Surgery is one of the many companies investing in this, and they have launched Go Surgery, which offers step-by-step guides for medics for surgical procedures. The whole surgical procedure can be projected on a screen. Also, reconstructive surgery has been using the power of Microsoft HoloLens AR glasses.
Virtual Reality Games
The best example of Virtual Reality Games is Pokémon Go, which literally got many people to move out of their homes and walk. In association with Cedars-Sini Medical Centre, AppliedVR, has come up with Pain RelieVR, which may help in taking patients out of the hospital to a real world. Such technologies can help the patients to relax and learn more about dealing with certain situations.
Clinical Skills App
Clinical Skills App is the latest innovation by Medtree, which will help in improving the skills of clinicians, who typically lack the tech support for recording and document clinical interventions. With the Clinical Skills App, they can now note down everything related to drug administration, wound management and airway interventions.
Online test for skin cancer
Around 15,400 new cases of melanoma are recorded in UK alone every year, while people from Australia and New Zealand are at a higher risk. QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute recently released an online test that can access of skin cancer for a person in the next 3.5 years. More than 45,000 skin cancer patients have been studied for 8 years to create this highly accurate test, which was released in March 2018.
Of course, we also have other developing technologies such Healthcare Robots and 3D Printing, which promise more for the medical world.