The 21st century has seen a tremendous boom in technological advancement in all fields of life. Education, health, lifestyle, transport, food – you name it and the endless list of developments and growth in the field for the past 2 decades will surely astonish you.
As technology continues to grow at an accelerated rate in all facets of life, most of its largest and most needed contributions are made in the health care sector. Innovations that we thought we wouldn’t lay eyes on, let alone use, are here now and helping to make medical care more efficient, accessible and affordable throughout the world.
From first aid to long-term treatments, medicines to implants, surgical instruments to medical imaging machinery, every aspect of health care has seen tremendous progress. And all these technological advancements have had a hand in transforming the way people receive the healing they need in the modern era. So what are some of the major things that actually contributed to this revolution in health care?
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You can’t mention technological advancements in the world of medicine without mentioning the endoscope camera. Reason being that it is one of the devices developed solely for medical use initially but now have made the jump into the list of must-haves in other avenues like plumbing.
The endoscope camera is used as a way to see inside of a patient’s body. The minuscule, snake-like camera transmits a video feed from inside the body and is relied upon to give a more comprehensive and clearer view that ultrasound and x-rays cannot deliver.
This technology has helped diagnose many hidden issues and symptoms in people that would have otherwise gone unnoticed. The endoscope has found its way to mobile phones as well and can now be used at home without having to go to the doctor. This endoscope camera guide is a great resource for anyone looking to dig down more into these.
Electronic Medical Records
The most practical, efficient and time-saving development in the medical sector has been the introduction of an electronic medical records system (EMR). Gone are the days of having to maintain bulks of paper-based documents and files – instead of having data from all of the different areas of medicine scattered and running individually, the electronic medical records act to combine it all in a single, accessible space.
This extends now to even online access for patients so they can stay updated on their medical status and set up their own appointments. It saves on expenses of having multiple different systems and nearly eradicated the chance of losing records.
EMR systems have shown to drastically improve the efficiency of medical staff as every aspect of a patient’s medical history can be accessed in just a few clicks on the computer and time, which would otherwise have been wasted in sifting through physical documents, is saved for the patient’s treatment.
3D printing is one of those futuristic technologies that can be used to create or recreate many things in the world. It has made many hard-hitting contributions to the medical field and has really shown how advanced these innovations have become.
Being able to 3D print prosthetic skin, tissue and limbs have probably been one of the most important uses for amputees and people suffering from different ailments. Compared to getting an actual prosthetic made, 3D printing a prosthetic would cost almost half the amount, providing a more affordable solution for people who can’t bear to shell out thousands of dollars to receive proper care.
Even pills can now be designed and 3D-printed with the exact dosage a patient needs, making it a highly diverse and convenient medical support instrument.
I’m sure everyone is familiar with baby monitors that families keep in their homes to be able to hear if the babies are crying or not. We’ve had those for years but that same idea has been replicated in the medical field in a more advanced manner.
Setting up a remote monitoring system in a patient’s home saves them from having to run back and forth between the hospital for doctors visits. A doctor can simply analyze data sent from the small device (made for their specific health issue) installed on/by the patient and schedule appointments.
The continuous stream of data collected from the patient’s body will alert the doctor if anything looks out of the norm or alarming and allow them to take quick action.
When you think of any kind of technological advances on the planet, robots and artificial intelligence usually come to mind. All that ‘Terminator’ shiz has definitely made a mark on our brains there. But before any such robots take over the world, they are making their mark in many medical institutions around the globe.
The most beneficial use of these technologies is assistance in the most difficult surgeries. A surgeon has to stand hours upon hours in the surgery unit and keep unrelenting concentration throughout. One slip could mean death or severe complications for the patient. In such situations, assistance from robots allows a level of precision that couldn’t otherwise be attained, especially for a longer period of time.
But that’s old news now. Medical technology has advanced so much that surgeries can now be performed entirely from a remote location through the use of robots. This means a patient can receive the work they need without having to fly out to get it, especially if it is urgent. Unbelievable, right?
While the above mentioned technological advancements, along with many others, have dramatically paved the way for better, quicker and easily accessible health care, efforts are still being made to further enhance their applications and benefits, so that no ailment remains incurable anymore.