When we need an x-ray or MRI, we never think about how these technological devices came to be or what doctors were doing before these tools. However, today, we’re advancing even more in medicine, developing tools which change the face of medicine as we know it, giving a new meaning to the industry which we all rely on.
Now, unless you haven’t been to a doctor for a while, then you’re probably aware of Telehealth. What Telehealth focuses on achieving is the merging of technology with the healthcare industry and the services provided. Through Telehealth, patients are able to communicate directly with their doctors through email or online messaging, provide testing equipment to facilities in rural areas, and educate individuals on the use of technology to improve their health. By blending technology with health and medicine, patients able to monitor their health via apps and various devices, communicate with healthcare professionals and educate people on the technological developments in medicine.
Now, for some countries, public medical care is automatically given to citizens, yet, allowing private medical care available to those who wish to pay. However, in other countries, the public medical care system is unable to provide sufficient support, thus, individuals opt for private medical. The medicare advantage is that you’re able to be treated for any health condition without having to wait. In addition, the internet has provided us with the ability to search for the best medical care, rather than one that’s being offered to us. So, medical care via online competition is being challenged and resulted in reduced prices and quality service.
The technology you can wear
Though the medical industry, in terms of how it functions, has changed through technology, the devices used have been modernized as well. More and more patients are wearing wearable technology. This can be seen with people suffering from diabetes. For example, some people with diabetes have a blood glucose meter that’s placed within their body. However, now, they’ll be able to have a device used outside the body which will contain a microneedle that’ll be able to measure blood glucose levels throughout the day.
The technology of robotics is continuing to make great strides in their devices. Many complex surgeries rely on the steady hand of the surgeon, however, surgeons are now able to perform surgeries using the mechanical hand of a robot which minimizes invasive surgeries and limit human error. The technology will be advancing to the point where AI applications will be able to decipher when a patient will die or where the next disease will occur.
Medicine is continuing to break barriers, it’s just not as noticeable as the other medical achievements. Yet, that doesn’t mean progress isn’t occurring. Currently, huge changes are being made to the face of pharmaceuticals. Drug research for immunotherapeutic cancer treatments is underway, which the medical industry is calling the development of smart drugs. These living drugs may be able to mobilize the body’s own immune system in order to fight cancer.
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