Over the past few years, there has been a huge emergence of different pieces of technology which has transformed a lot of aspects of our lives. With the click of a button, we are now able to quickly order ourselves food, a taxi or even rent a home. When it comes to healthcare, there are some aspects of it which are still a bit behind in the times – however there are now a number of pieces of technology which are helping to change the industry.
The Issues with the Health Care Industry
There are a number of common problems which occur in the healthcare industry that resulted in more pieces of technology being created to help try and solve them. The problems are different in certain countries, but taking the UK as an example – there is currently a shortage of staff which means that there are very long waiting lists and not enough staff to properly care for some of the patients.
This shortage of staff has a big impact on the overall level of healthcare in the UK, and over the past few years, there has been a steady decline in the number of staff working in the healthcare industry. This has mainly been due to the government lacking the funding required to pay the wages. However, not only do they not have enough money to pay wages – but there are also problems with being able to buy the latest and best equipment to treat patients.
These problems then start to cause a number of other problems, and are ultimately causing the healthcare industry to worsen. However, this problem does not seem to go away and this has forced companies to try and create solutions to help people.
How is Technology Transforming Healthcare?
In 2017, there are now hundreds of pieces of technology in the healthcare market – and this is only expected to grow. Some of these are only available to hospital or medical practices as a way to help them – but there are also a lot which are available to consumers on the mass market.
There are certain items that can be worn on the wrist which can now monitor your body’s information – which was previously only done by a trip to the doctor. These can track your heart rate, blood pressure, temperature, recommend a tailored diet and how many hours of sleep you should aim for.
There are also items that can help with social care – without you actually needing a full-time carer. The device sits in your home and can track your movement, as well as telling you when you need to take your medication, eat your meal, and it can also use sensors to send alerts to family members if you have not moved for a long time or if you don’t take your medicine.