In today’s world, technology has transformed the health care sector. The rapid pace of change provides unique opportunities to apply new and innovative technologies to improve care across the spectrum—from routine health maintenance to more serious, life-threatening illnesses. Here are the top healthcare technologies.
Nanomedicine is a new field of science that involves applying molecular biological and engineering concepts to develop new materials, processes, and technologies for the prevention and treatment of diseases. These nanomaterials are made from carbon or other molecules engineered to have precise sizes, shapes, or compositions. They can be used to make completely new types of nanoparticles in various shapes and sizes which can be used as drug delivery vehicles or other biomedical devices.
2. Automatic External Defibrillator (AED)
An automatic external defibrillator (AED) is a portable electronic device that can analyze information coming from the heart to determine if a patient needs a jolt of electricity to start the heart beating again. It is used when the heart’s normal electrical activity becomes abnormal (arrhythmia), and its main role is to shock the body and restore normal rhythm.
3. Integrated Electronic Health Records
Electronic health records (EHRs) allow hospitals, clinics, and physician offices to document patient information in an integrated fashion. The EHR was designed to improve the effectiveness of the healthcare system by providing better access to patient information, improving the quality of care, and reducing medical errors. The latter is accomplished using automated alerts based on clinical guidelines and standards.
4. Wireless Health Devices
Today’s wireless devices are revolutionizing science, medicine, and communication. One such device is the wireless vital sign monitor, which uses radio waves to communicate with a receiver affixed to the patient’s bedside, allowing caregivers to read vital signs remotely.
Telemedicine provides healthcare to patients by using telecommunications technologies. It involves the transmission of medical information from one site to another. This technology allows healthcare providers to treat patients in remote locations and access specialists in other regions. It is increasingly being used in rural areas where there are shortages of healthcare professionals.
The increasingly interconnected world is challenging the traditional healthcare system. By utilizing the latest technologies such as nanomedicine and telemedicine, healthcare providers can mitigate many of the problems currently prevalent in the conventional health care system.