How can technology transform healthcare?

The beauty of technology, digital technology especially, is it transcends boundaries and finds applications in every aspect of life. When it comes to finding applications of technology in healthcare, we see an abundance of examples.

 

  1. Artificial Intelligence

Robots have a precision that is unmatched by humans due to their physical limitations. This precision is vital in performing routine and non-routine surgeries alike, where the wrong incision could potentially risk the patient’s life.

This report contrasts human-made incisions with the robot made incisions. The difference is clear and decisive that the future of surgery lies with the AI.

  1. Health monitors

There is a slew of health monitors like Fitbit that aim to monitor user health. These can be wearable, digestible, or implanted into the patient’s body to measure vitals. For example, the Coala Heart Monitor lets you monitor your cardiac health at home. Sleep trackers like Fitbit finally give individuals insight into their sleep patterns without getting tested in a sleep lab.

Healthcare data analysis apps and software combine all your accumulated health data and provide this information to you in an easy to understand, digestible format.

  1. Genome sequencing

Just as there is a code behind every program, there is one inside the humans too. This code of life is called DNA. It quite literally instructs your body how to function. For obvious reasons, DNA and consequently gene sequences, are of significant value to biologists all over.

Machines aiding genome sequencing could one day change lives of people with genetic diseases. We can already get a DIY DNA toolkit, but the analysis still depends on expensive lab tests carried under human supervision.

However, news like DNA sequencing company Illumina working on a machine that will sequence genome at very low prices, makes us wonder about what the future holds for genetic disease diagnosis.

  1. Nanotechnology

For quite some time now, scientists have been aware of the potential of nanotechnology in drug delivery to specific body parts. Nanoparticles are used to deliver drugs to cancer cells. This technology is vital for reasons like minimized damage to normal body cells. Other chronic diseases like diabetes are also being fought against with the help of this miniscule tech.

These mentioned uses are only two of the numerous potential ones. Nanotechnology is a field that is quickly evolving as 3D animation graphics let us simulate and understand how different particles will react.

  1. Printed prosthetics

Getting a prosthetic is expensive and has a long waiting time since each prosthetic is custom made. The cost can be anywhere around $5000 to $50000.

This might not be the case anymore. As 3D printing becomes more and more common, a prosthetic can now be printed with as costs as little as $200.
Other technology like this Bionic ankle can be used to mimic natural ankle function for better body movement.

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