We have seen gradual changes in technology and every field has wholeheartedly accepted the changes. But, the healthcare industry has been hesitant to adopt new technologies. This delay in adaptation was due to the rigorous rules and regulations in the sector and of course, the delicate concern of medical and health.
Despite this, the industry has produced important advancements that have reshaped the way physicians practice medicine and patients get cared for.
According to recent reports, the number of hospitals that have deployed electronic health record (EHR) systems has increased. According to the PwC Health Research Institute, today around 90% of these facilities are using EHRs but previously only 9% were using EHRs.
These reports show how the healthcare system has adapted itself to the dynamic technology and has made living and curing easier, time-effective, and cost-effective. The healthcare sector has benefited from a variety of other digital technology. Here are a few examples of what I’m talking about:
1. Increased connectivity among physicians
Everyone knows how the world economy, especially the health care sector has changed in the pandemic. New technology has made it easier for physicians to connect with each other and share knowledge and new ways of treatments, all thanks to digital platforms that have transformed the social realm. Obviously, online tech has contributed in cutting down on the time it takes to communicate with colleagues. In fact, new apps have been launched that allow physicians to share current inventions, treatments, medicines, and much more.
2. Improvement in Spinal Fusion
One of the major advancements in health care is the constant improvement in spinal fusion. The outcome of Spondylolisthesis treatment surgery is steadily increasing, with higher fusion rates and less postoperative discomfort and problems.
Less invasive procedures, greater bone graft alternatives, and improvements in cages/implants to improve their materials and ways of fixation are all areas where progress is being made.
3. Smartphone-based devices offer readings, aid in the delivery of care
Smartphone-based gadgets provide readings and help with care delivery.
Another significant advancement in healthcare is the ability of smartphone-based devices to track blood sugar and heart rate. These devices have helped doctors and patients to improve their treatment methods and cure diseases effectively and with better proficiency.
For example, the MiniMed 670G is an amazing device that eases patient’s and doctor’s work because it can detect when people with Type 1 diabetes require insulin and automatically inject the appropriate dose to them.
4. Computers provide input on medical decisions.
Medical judgments are aided by computers and help doctors to make quicker decisions. Computers are rapidly becoming a crucial tool for healthcare workers. Computers can now provide feedback on X-rays and other diagnostics, allowing doctors to make better-informed judgments more quickly.
When it comes to researching new pharmaceuticals and choosing the best treatment options for patients, computers have aided quicker research and spread of the new discoveries. Machines collect and analyze data in real-time, giving healthcare surgeons a second opinion from their experienced colleagues or seniors.
5. A new 3D printing utility has been released.
While 3D printing has had an impact on a variety of industries, it has been especially useful to the healthcare industry in various ways. This technique has aided physicians to print synthetic skin, implants, and prosthetics for a reasonable cost and in a much quicker way. They can also make realistic models so that procedures can be practised.
6. Greater access to DNA sequencing
The human genome was sequenced for the first time in 2003. This process lasted 13 years and the cost was over $3 billion. Since then, technological advancements have brought the price down to just $1,000.
Physicians and patients now have easier access to the information present in DNA due to advanced technologies. Platforms for sequencing continue to evolve and create new opportunities not only for the health care sector but also aiding ease for patients.
7. Remote health exams
The COVID situation has aided in new innovations especially in the sector of removing health checkups. According to the new technological advancements, an in-home chair will read all of a patient’s basic vitals and send the information to a physician, who can further evaluate the patients’ conditions and advise accordingly.
Patients may get regular checkups without leaving the comfort of their own homes. The technology will most certainly become more common as scientists are discovering new ways to make this equipment more cost-effective and readily available.
8. Reduced risk and recovery time
Medical operations have become safer due to rapid breakthroughs. Medical procedures are becoming less invasive and pose less hazards due to their technological advancements. One of them is laser treatment for kidney stones. Furthermore, the introduction of modern technology has dramatically decreased recovery times, which have been lowered from several weeks to just a few days in some cases.
9. Advancements in robotics and nanotechnology
Many of these technologies have aided the health care system, other recent developments include surgical robots and nano-devices. Physicians have been able to improve their accuracy, efficiency, cost-effectiveness and obtain access to previously unreachable areas by using these instruments.
For example, one nano-robot can swim through bodily fluids such as the bloodstream and the surface of the eye easily.
Many life-saving procedures have become widespread because of technological advancements in the medical industry. Only a few decades ago, the idea of digitally visiting a doctor from hundreds or thousands of kilometers away would have been unthinkable, but now it has been achieved and is widely used.
It may also be claimed that of all the ways that technology has improved people’s lives around the world, none is more essential than medical advances. Technology has improved our health and prolonged our lives, from inventions such as the introduction of X-ray equipment to surgical advancements. Technologies are rapidly enhancing health, from remote monitoring tools and wearable medical technology to genome sequencing.
Thus, all these instances show how evidently technology has been advancing health treatments, discoveries, researches, and a lot more. Now, even the healthcare system has openly shown adaptation to the new innovations. All thanks to the new technology!