The advances in medicine continue to be amazing. It was just five short years ago 3D visitational and augmented reality took the health care world by storm. Today, not only are these technologies proving themselves with real, live patients, they will soon be entering the mainstream.
But even with such incredible health care smart technologies emerging since the turn of the century, the future appears boundless to what’s to come. Here are three more healthcare innovations to look forward to within the next few years.
Remote Patient Monitoring – Anyone who owns a smartphone already knows what it’s like to be monitored, for better or worse. However, such constant monitoring for individuals with diabetes, certain heart conditions, Parkinson’s disease, or symptoms of depression could be lifesaving. Most of the country’s internet is stable enough to consider replacing in-person doctor’s visits with remote monitoring devices. Such devices allow physicians to track health metrics over a longer period of time while patients no longer need to wait in the waiting room.
Ingestible Sensors – Some data must be collected using painful, messy, or highly uncomfortable methods. Cameras or probes placed into various bodily tracts is never an enjoyable experience. And for those requiring multiple tests, serious harm could occur. Companies developing ingestible sensors hope to eliminate traditional probes with ingestible, pill sized sensors that can check PH levels or locate internal bleeding, for example. More work is necessary to make such sensors easy to swallow and passable by the body, but researchers expect ingestible sensors to become available in the very near future.
Nanomedicine - The ability for technology to operate at the atomic, molecular, or supramolecular level is no longer reserved for science fiction books. Nanotechnology applied to medicine will have benefits we have yet to even fathom. The idea behind nanomedicine is to provide doctors the capability to target bacteria, viruses, tumors, and cancers at the cellular level in a way that will not harm other cells inside the body. Nanomedicine will allow physicians to fight disease at their level and with pinpoint accuracy.