Bangalore-based Farheen tells about the evolving technologies in the healthcare sector. Read more about it, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths.
Technology has become the cornerstone of almost everything irrespective of the industry it is being used.
The most important and incredible use is in the field of healthcare. We know how crucial it is to be impeccable, time-saving, and transparent for doctors to deliver medical assistance to patients.
With the innovations that have changed the way we look at healthcare is unimaginable. Technological advancements are expensive, but when it comes to saving a life, technology has contributed and is contributing in a big way even now.
Day in day out, technology is on a roller coaster ride. If we think how much technologists are spending their time on innovations in healthcare domain alone, the answer is 24/7/365. No stone is left unturned when it comes to saving a life.
Here are some of the technologies that are proving to be life-saving technologies in healthcare.
With the advancement of these technologies or collaboration with other amazing technologies, the healthcare industry will present the biggest paradigm surpassing other industries.
For a minute, think about your friend whose hand was fractured and you were the one who accompanied your friend to a doctor. The ordeal of your friend was to maintain his calm despite the pain. The plaster cast’s smell, itch, non-waterproof quality, and its heaviness add more trouble to your friend. Moreover, the white plaster cast gets dirty because of the dust and not to cast aside those “get well soon wishes” scribbled on it by most of your friends.
Considering the unique feature about the 3D plastic cast is that it gets printed in seconds using a software approved by traumatologists.
This kind of experience would soon be outdated. Yes, the hard cast would soon be replaced by the 3D printed cast. The uniqueness of this 3D plastic cast is that it is a printed cast that endorses open-lattice plastic design that is tailored for each patient. It also addresses many of the limitations of traditional plaster casts. In addition, it heals the bones 80% faster than the traditional casts.
To watch, how a 3D plastic cast is made and used, check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9IjC1kmf9A.
The second revolutionary innovation is the Bioabsorbable stents for adults. Mostly, in the treatment of coronary artery disease (CAD), the percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is used to relieve symptoms of CAD.
Now, let us understand why Bioabsorbable stent is taking precedence over metal stent.
- It is a revolutionary device and it has been made from naturally dissolving material
- It treats coronary artery disease, such as a metallic stent. It disappears after the artery is healed, leaving no metal behind to restrict natural vessel motion
- More than 150,000 people in more than 100 countries have been treated with this novel technology–including more than 1,000 patients in U.S. clinical studies.
To learn more, visit https://www.dissolvingstent.com/us/.
The advantages of a bio-absorbable stent are quite apparent, and because of its incredible features, the bio-absorbable stents are replacing the bare-metal and drug-eluting stents at a fast pace.
Have you ever wondered how would it be to check your body/ health parameters the way you check your Facebook messages or check your email, yes anywhere that too at any time?
This next discovery is the Scanadu Scout that is a portable electronic device a “Medical tricorder” for consumer use designed to measure different physiological parameters, including temperature, heart rate, blood oxygenation, respiratory rate, ECG, and diastolic/systolic blood pressure.
This device would help us ensure clinical-grade accuracy and the unnecessary stress will be out of the window. A mini clinic at your fingertips.
We need to wait for this amazing device to be launched in the market after it is approved by Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
To get amazed, watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJBL-j6jgt0.
Imagining the world a few years from now when undergoing a treatment, surgery, and availing medical assistance will not hurt. Moreover, doctors will rely substantially on technology, robots, and devices to cure patients that too without spending too much time.
Photos sourced by the author from Net.
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Farheen Viquas is a Senior Technical Editor/Writer working in Bangalore, India. She has worked as a Technical Writer/Editor, Mentor/Coach, Language Consultant, Information Tester, English Trainer, and Transcriber. When not at work, she loves to cook, read, write poetry and prose, listen to music, bake cakes, fish keeping, and embroider. She is also a stained-glass enthusiast.