The healthcare systems around the world are undeniably a lot better than they were hundreds of years ago, and one of the reasons for this is the technology that we have invented that can help in diagnosing and treating many medical conditions. Technology is changing the face of healthcare and has many benefits, including cutting costs and saving lives. Here are a few of the benefits of technology and a few examples of the amazing devices out there that are changing lives.
There are many wearable devices available for the public and some that have been devised for specific conditions, such as monitoring blood sugar levels for diabetic patients. Some of the most well-known wearable devices include FitBits and the Apple Watch. These include health applications to help us monitor everything from what we eat to how many steps we complete in a day. Pacemakers are another example of an effective monitoring system and these can send over data to clinicians who can check for significant changes.
With almost everyone now owning some sort of technological device, it was only a matter of time before medical applications became a part of everyday life. As well as calorie counting and sleep applications, there are many more apps that help with other issues such as mental illnesses. You can find apps that help people manage their anxiety. Smartphones can also aid in monitoring when medication is due and when you have last taken it; this is especially helpful for those who take a lot of medications and live busy lifestyles.
VR technology is also being established to help doctors become more confident in new procedures before treating a real person. Interactive virtual 3D models of human organs are being used for surgeons to be able to carefully examine a patient’s anatomy before they go ahead and perform the procedure. Whereas before doctors had to rely on 2D images, they are now able to rotate and carefully examine virtual parts of the body for a more comprehensive view.
The Internet of Things has taken over many aspects of lives, and this is true in the medical field as well. Medical product engineering company DeviceLab are leading the pack when it comes to wireless devices, and, over the last five years, have worked on creating wireless baby monitors, wireless stethoscopes, and wireless patient monitors. This is revolutionizing healthcare, and really changing things for the better.
Monitoring and Maintaining Records
Long gone were the days where all patient records were filed away on paper; now technology gives all healthcare practitioners the opportunity to find out what they need about their patients in a matter of minutes. This can be extremely helpful, especially in emergency situations where a clinician may know nothing about a patient or if they have an underlying medical condition. This also aids in a smoother handover when new doctors or nurses come on shift, as they have live and up-to-date information at the touch of a button, including a patient’s vital signs.
Technology is improving patients’ lives in many ways, giving the public a better healthcare system. These are just a few of the latest developments and we can expect many more to evolve in the near future.