When the world of technology and healthcare collide, it’s hard not to believe in miracles!
Due to the overwhelming impact of the pandemic, we often have to remind ourselves that we are living in extraordinary times. The application of innovations like AI and virtual reality are changing the face of health technology in incredible ways.
In 2021, these medical technology advances are no longer visions but realities.
Would you like to know what new medical technology could soon be supporting you and your family? Keep reading to find out!
Nanotechnology has been around for decades. But recently, its application has given rise to what is now called “the nanomedicine revolution”.
With the use of Nanoparticles, it is now possible to deliver drugs and treatment to more specific areas of the body. This has revolutionizing applications for forms of cancer treatment and even Covid-19 vaccinations!
Nowadays, voice-user interface (VUI) technology like Alexa is the norm. It’s worth noting though, that just a little over a decade ago, this was the stuff of science fiction movies.
This technology is now being used in hospitals to facilitate communication between patients and their caregivers. In The US, for example, Alexa now can work as a link between homebound patients and hospitals.
All the patients have to do is tell Alexa that they are short on medicine, for example, and this information will be instantly fed to their caregiver’s cell phone. Simple as that!
Virtual Reality is no game! (well, relatively speaking). This technology is being used heavily in the world of psychotherapy.
VR is now being used to simulate environments for phobia patients and addicts to build coping strategies.
As this technology is perfected in this practice it can be merged with already effective therapy programs like this.
The technology behind watches like Fitbit continues to grow in sophistication.
Beyond simply collecting data on general health, great strides are being made to monitor blood pressure and blood sugar. Wireless patient monitoring has huge applications in reducing bed rentals and the time and energy of caregivers.
In time, these types of wearable technology will be able to not only detect but even regulate conditions like diabetes and asthma.
Just think of it: a watch that doesn’t only tell the time, but can also buy you time!
The Future of Health Technology
Many of the technology we’ve discussed are already in our homes in some form. 10 years ago, most of them didn’t even exist. It can be so easy to take what we have around us for granted.
It does beg the question, though: where will we be in the next 10 years? What new medical technology that we have now, will we take for granted then? It’s exciting to think about!
For now, let’s keep our finger on the pulse of new health technology as lines between reality and miracles continue to blur.
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