Technology makes life easier. The arrival of smartphones and other mobile devices, for example, allows you to use the internet virtually anywhere. Technology isn’t always about convenience. Instances of technology saving lives are visible all over the world. The traditional X-ray machine has saved lived by detecting adverse health conditions. At one time, the X-ray machine was deemed a highly advanced apparatus. Today, people do not think of an X-ray machine as doing anything out of the ordinary.
What else is in the health technology pipeline?
Advancements in existing health and medical technology occur on a daily basis. The arrival of enterprise imaging reflects one example of unique advancements. More exist and new ones are constantly being developed. The future of health-related technology definitely appears very interesting. Here’s a look at some incredible advancements slated to arrive in the near future:
The Integration of Artificial Intelligence
Artificial intelligence creeps its way into many facets of technology. Most expect to see some form of artificial intelligence in customer service and home automation industries. In the medical world, the presence of AI can be shocking. It shouldn’t be, though. The world hasn’t reached the point where artificial intelligence programs diagnose patients and perform a treatment. We can imagine programs providing support and assistance to healthcare professionals performing their jobs.
An Expansion of 3D Printing
3D printing reflects the incredible modernization of manufacturing. Instead of building something on an assembly line, a 3D printer creates it. Too many people look at a 3D printer as kind of toy. This is unfortunate. 3D printers can be used for many serious pursuits. In the health field, 3D printers could be tapped to create medical devices. Amazingly, combining the cultivation of cells with 3D printing may lead to creating living tissue for transplant surgery.
If successful, 3D printed tissue could possibly replace the need to wait for an available transplant organ. Obviously, the process is still in the very early research stage but pondering on its potential does bring forth very positive images of medical care in the future.
The Robots are Coming
Robots may soon be everywhere. The integration of robots in factories and warehouses comes as no surprise. Utilizing robots to lift and move things doesn’t seem much different than using a forklift to do the job. Both are, in essence, machines.
Seeing robots in a hospital or emergency room, however, may be a bit of a shock. These “mechanical humans” have not yet taken over the role of nurses or surgeons, but all this may change in the coming decades. Yes, we are long ways off from robot care but the aforementioned X-ray machine didn’t exist in the early 19th century. Few could predict what the future of medical technology brings.
The Incredible Use of Nanorobots
Nanorobots are akin to the smaller cousins of “standard” robots. Nanorobots are so small they could potentially be injected into the bloodstream. The job of nanorobots in the blood stream would be to go to work at addressing a particular adverse health condition. Nanorobots and their uses can be found in the plots of science-fiction novels. Maybe one day we shall see their robot creatures jump from the pages of speculative literature and into hospitals.
Employing Collective Data Banks
This one might be the least sensational and, possibly, the least futuristic concept capable of being realized the quickest. An integrated, massive database of patient and doctor information would make access to records very easy. This, in turn, could reduce delays when someone needs proper medical care.
Thinking about the Future
Thoughts on the future of technology focus a lot of leisure and convenience. No harm in doing so, but also invest a little time thinking about the health and medical technology of the future. Learn about it. You might rely on it one day.
by: Dennis Hung