7 Innovations That Will Change the Future of Medicine
Written by Pliro
Sep 22, 2016 Last updated: Dec 26, 2017
In the grand scheme of things, one cannot ignore the impact that digital technology has had in reshaping our entire lives. With so many new techniques and methods being introduced in today’s world, it is crucial to recognize the importance that these advancements may have on the medical world and in improving living standards. Here are 7 major innovations that are sure to change the future of healthcare in the years to follow.
Headaches are a common occurrence in almost all humans, with some that are minor and last for a short time, along with others that may last for hours or even days and can be extremely severe. When minor aches turn into migraines, your typical aspirin dosage is not enough get rid of this chronic headache. The use of electronic aspirins has been explained by ASME on Top 5 Medical Technology Innovations, where it says that sphenopalatine ganglion (SPG) is a facial nerve bundle that is associated with some of the strongest forms of headache and a technology system is being investigated to block these SPG signals as soon as signs of headaches are perceived. This consists of a Neuro-stimulator that is implanted in the upper gum on the side of the head to counteract pains.
For those who suffer from Type 1 Diabetes, innovations in replication of the pancreas have slowly started to come forth as substantial forms of treatment. This is done by setting up a glucose monitor using a digital device such as a smartphone to calculate and maintain blood sugar levels, as well as communicating with an infusion device to deliver insulin.
For those of you who are familiar with the Disney movie “Big Hero 6”, this might not be a new concept. Robotic nurses are being manufactured in order to carry on tasks such as lifting or helping patients to and out of their beds, which may be difficult for regular nurses to manage physically. According to Referral MD, one such nurse called RIBA, developed by “RIKEN and Tokai Rubber Industries” is said to be the “first robot that can lift up or set down a real human from or to a bed or wheelchair… using its very strong human-like arms and by novel tactile guidance methods using high-accuracy tactile sensors”. Even though this technology hasn’t been able to reach many parts of the world, it is on its way to making huge changes, and variations in design may be a possible outcome for developing countries like Pakistan.
Robotic check-ups are becoming possible nowadays due to the increase of telehealth and telecommunication. This form of healthcare system offers not only a modernized form of treatment for the patients, but also enables doctors to pass on their knowledge in areas where extensive medical technology is hard to reach. According to Pliro, “telemedicine may prove to be one of the cornerstones of treating patients effectively not just in urban areas but also rural areas where advanced medical procedures are difficult to carry out”.
Nowadays, prosthetic arms and legs are not how they used to be several years back. Human capabilities are being augmented and latest technologies are using brain signals to monitor and control the actions of the robotic prosthetic limbs. This means that people can carry out functions by their robotic limbs by commanding them through their minds.
Many efforts are being made to extend the average life-span. According to Referral MD, “researchers have already proven that the diabetes drug metformin extends the life of animals”. This, if successful, could possibly increase the average age to about 110 – 120 years, depending on the health and quality of life that is to be led for all these years.
A major development that is being carried out by doctors and scientists is the integration of a miniscule sensor to a pill that is to be taken in orally. This sensor gets activated once it is ingested and then signals are sent to an external monitor that can show records of a person’s heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, and general activity patterns.
These innovations may seem like far-fetched possibilities but are being developed and researched on continuously by scientists all over the world. Such advancements can prove to be real game changers in the world of medicine and future healthcare.