From Apple Wallets and work productivity tools to zen-on-the-go apps, the serving of our day-to-day needs has been significantly improved by technology. And yet, healthcare has failed to keep pace. Enter 2019. Read on to uncover five breakthroughs that look set to revolutionise the industry.
Healthcare may currently lag behind when it comes to innovation, but all signs point to an impending tech boom. In fact, the sector is predicted to be worth a whopping USD60 BILLION by 2026.
From the very real possibility of robotic surgeons, to the notion of 3D printing prosthetic limbs, we investigate what the impending future of healthcare might look like.
The long-awaited sequencing and analytics of DNA has recently reached a tipping point.
Stephen Bourke, co-Founder of Echo, an app that lets you order NHS prescriptions and get medication delivered to your door, comments, “The NHS has already sequenced 85,000 patient’s genomes in order to better identify and treat rare diseases.
“One in four patients who took part received a diagnosis for the first time. This is transformational, and it is going to disrupt healthcare like nothing we’ve seen before.”
Should you have to undergo an operation in the next 10 years, there’s an above average chance that your surgeon won’t be human. Seriously.
In fact, owing to their increased precision, which in turn decreases risks and improves recovery time, research consultancy Frost & Sullivan forecast that robots will perform 80% of surgical procedures by 2025.
That’s right, the robots really are coming.
Not to be mistaken for the aforementioned robots, AI will play a different but equally import role in the future of medicine.
“In India and China, doctors have two minutes per patient,” states Ada Health co-founder Claire Novorol. “In Bangladesh it’s 43 seconds.” How is this made possible? Via a diagnostic AI built in collaboration with GPs.
But fear not – AI in the examining room is here to ‘expand, sharpen, and at times ease the mind of the physician’ not replace them entirely.
“It’s human plus machine”, Novorol explains, as opposed to one or the other. “Doctors are better at patient relationships, but AI has less bias and a better memory.”
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According to Wired, for many medical professionals, “3D printing may be almost as valuable as an x-ray machine, microscope, or a sharp scalpel”.
Bioengineers are already using this remarkable, sci-fi-esque technology to make everything from more durable hip joints and prosthetic limbs to spinal cord sections that can be custom-fit to a patient’s injury.
Devices that keep patients linked to medical providers are set to become matter-of-course.
From wearable with GPS positioning, to sensors that can be ingested or implanted, these space-age pieces of tech can track irregular heartbeats, whether or not pills have been taken or even if a patient has fallen and cannot move.
And to think that we once thought that smart watches were advanced…