How Will Health Technologies Help Us in the Future?
Healthcare providers met enormous challenges during the pandemic. In addition, patients with chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, lung and kidney diseases, and other conditions, faced unprecedented difficulties controlling their conditions. As a result, many visits were postponed or missed, many patients lost their lives, and others developed serious complications.
Therefore, as immense creativity usually comes to the fore in times of crisis, technologies such as artificial intelligence, telemedicine, nanotechnology, 3D printing, neural chips, and mHealth played an even bigger role.
Artificial intelligence, for example, has been used frequently in the last decades, especially for diagnostic purposes (computed tomography scans) and significantly facilitates this task with large numbers of patients. Robotic systems and machine learning promise also to replace actual experiments and simulations, saving both time and money.
Mobile health, or mHealth, is also on the rise. This tool promises to provide healthcare services at lower prices while improving outcomes for the patient. Another excellent thing about mHealth is that it can be accessed on any mobile device, wearables, as well as through multiple platforms and systems. This could be a challenge for some senior patients, but with the help of their family members, they can get medical attention in a timely manner.
Telemedicine is also an innovative technology that serves patients with chronic diseases. By providing virtual meetings between the patient and the doctor, telemedicine services could replace the need to visit doctors for follow-ups (in specific cases), simplifying the treatment and saving money and time. This option could be particularly beneficial for senior patients.
Moreover, nanobots and xenobots introduce a huge novel dimension to internal diagnostics. At the same time, 3D printing gives us hope that we can create all the necessary implants, bionic prostheses, or surgical instruments, faster and cheaper.
These, as well as many other new technologies are constantly being developed and improved. However, due to the sensitive nature of their purpose, they have to meet rigorous criteria to be given the green light for everyday use in medicine and medical treatment.
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