Go Invisible: Defining the Digital Future of healthcare
Digitalisation of healthcare puts patients in the centre of diagnostics as the industry takes on a preventive approach. The transformational journey made healthcare invisible in practice with all the digital solutions catering to simple diagnosis as well as regeneration of human limbs and embryos. If you’re still sceptic of the possibilities, have a look at the digital tools enlisted below making healthcare transparent.
Random medical information can be measured now with tiny, elastic skin patches. Medical researchers have already developed an electronic skin patch, capable to measure excess glucose in sweat and self-administerjust the appropriate drugs by heated micro-needles. Researchers at the University of Minnesota made a breakthrough discovery with a digital 3D tattoo on a human hand.
Deep learning algorithms
Deep learning algorithms have advanced in recent years and able to compute critical health data and connect with specific groups that even humans are unable to distil. Take for instance Google Deepmind or IBM Watson analysing billions of data points in seconds, suggesting treatment possibilities and cater to accurate diagnosis. Researchers at Google can now predict risk factors associated to cardiovascular anomalies by using Artificial Intelligence and smart healthcare apps.
Virtual Reality (VR)
Virtual Reality (VR)can significantly remove the element of fear, pain and discomfort experienced by patients during treatment. The technology further supports chronic pain management, treat different forms of phobias and anxieties, helps in coping with medical procedures ranging from painful childbirth and vaccination so on. VR technology further contributes to quick and easy rehabilitation from spinal, neck and other injuries while escaping from the ominous hospital room to the fjords of Iceland.
Gamification apps & sensors
In an invisible healthcare, different wearable and trackers offer personalised patient care where micro-sensors sends medical parameters and vital sign information directly to our smart devices. Particular sensors activate their measurements only in special cases such as use of portable micro devices or wearable sending alerts.
Then there’re advanced trackers that complements to a healthy and improved lifestyle through gamification. Users are engaged in different challenges, competitions and games serving as incentives for a healthier life.
Post DNA sequencing, smart healthcare apps even let you know the most suitable foods to eat and what should be avoided. Humans are genetically different from one another which means that diet has to be personalised which introduced nutri-genomics. Genetic markers can identify ideal meals for users and can even deliver meals to the doorstep.
Telehealth solutions also contribute to the digital healthcare allowing anyone to get in touch, enquire and receive responses to queries that can be instantly answered anytime. The technology can literally remove the term “waiting time” from the dictionaries, further making healthcare invisible and efficient as can be. Telemedicine empower individuals for more direct queries and connect with a medical professional which is perhaps the biggest advantage for people living in remote areas, physically detached from general physicians.
Further invisibility is achieved with telemedicine that significantly reduces the waiting time. Chatbots help patients to monitor and make sense of health data, caters to healthcare management and spread simple medical recommendations. Many chatbots are out there assisting patients in finding the most accurate solution to the most common symptoms.
Medical drones have gained prominence especially after devastating earthquakes in 2017 by rescuing victims and delivering emergency medicines. These flying machines are capable to fly extra miles in delivering lifesaving drugs, blood, vaccines and even organs. Another remarkable example has been set after recurring hurricanes that struck the Caribbean islands last year. Trapped victims were rescued with built-in tracking systems which directed the emergency rescue teams.
We aren’t far from the day when 3D printing technology would make all necessary medical equipment available for patients whenever and wherever they need it. The technology is able to produce anything from skin patch to entire limbs and there’ve been many critical medical cases saved by 3D printing.
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