Healthcare is evolving with technology. Technology has helped to bring about revolutionary changes in the way healthcare is delivered. The following top health tech innovations are proof that the future is going to be exciting and promising.
1. 3D Printing
3D printing is one of the hottest trends of tech today, but its use in healthcare is going to help a lot of people. Additive manufacturing, as it’s also called, has the potential to produce everything from artificial organs to prosthetics and even human tissue for research purposes. It can also be used to make medical devices such as surgical instruments or implants customized for each patient. It can be used in drug development, testing the efficacy of new drugs and reducing costs by allowing doctors to practice their skills on a real-life model before performing an operation on a patient.
2. Wearables & Apps
Wearable devices such as Fitbit track your activity levels and apps like LoseIt! keep track of your calorie intake, so you know how many calories you need to cut out or burn off. These devices are going to get more advanced and will allow you to monitor your blood sugar levels, blood pressure and heart rate, among other things, throughout the day for a more accurate picture of your health status.
Imagine a world where instead of dying from heart disease and cancer, the leading causes of death globally, people live healthily into their hundreds.
We are closer to that reality than you may think.
In the last decade we’ve seen tremendous advancements in technology and medicine. This has not only extended our lifespans but also improved the quality of life for billions across the globe.
As we continue to explore new ways to improve human health, here are seven innovations that will define the future of healthcare:
Everyone wants to live longer and stay healthier, but some people are taking a more proactive approach to make that happen.
Scientists, inventors and entrepreneurs from around the world are rushing to create new technology that will change how we think about health care.
The invention of vaccines, x-rays and antibiotics were a big step for man-kind, but in the past few years there have been some pretty incredible advances in health technology that are going to change the way we think about medicine.
Here is a list of some of the most innovative products we’ve seen so far.
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1. Brain-Computer Interface
One of the most exciting areas of research in technology is the emerging field of brain-computer interface (BCI). BCI technology has the potential to revolutionize medicine and dramatically improve people’s lives.
In a laboratory setting, subjects have demonstrated an ability to control robotic arm prostheses using only their thoughts. In fact, in 2015 a quadriplegic man used his thoughts to sip coffee from a straw, and there are plans for a commercial version of this type of device to become available to consumers within the next few years. As we continue to learn more about how the brain works, we believe that BCI will provide new ways for people with disabilities to control their environment and restore function. As with many new technologies, BCI may be expensive at first, but as it becomes more widely used and its cost drops over time, it will become more accessible for everyone.
We anticipate that developments in BCI will have profound implications for both health care and quality of life. At Cleveland Clinic Innovations, we are actively exploring opportunities in this space. Our goal is to help create solutions that can transform lives and make an impact on those who need it most.
Today, in the United States alone, more than 200 million people are living with diabetes, and this is just one of thousands of diseases that exist. Healthcare innovation is needed to help combat these diseases.
In many ways, technology has already changed healthcare. The Internet has allowed patients to better understand their conditions and how they can manage them. Mobile apps have given patients easy access to their health information. Wearables have allowed individuals to track their movement, sleep patterns and other aspects of their daily lives that impact their overall health. Technology even allows physicians to access a patient’s entire medical history electronically at the click of a button.
However, there are still many areas that need improvement. Technology can continue to be used in order to make healthcare more efficient and effective for both patients and healthcare providers alike.
Here are five ways that technology is changing the healthcare industry:
It’s tempting to think of health care as a business like any other. But it isn’t. Most businesses can change prices overnight; health care providers can’t. Most businesses can hire or fire people almost at will; health care providers can’t. Most businesses don’t have to make sure that every customer is happy enough not just to come back, but to keep paying the same price for years without complaining, even if everyone else is paying less.
And most businesses don’t have customers who are also companies themselves, and who also have a lot of money, and who are therefore in a position to demand special treatment and threaten to take their business elsewhere if they don’t get it.
Companies in other industries have had to learn how to deal with some of these constraints. The airline industry, for example, has had more than its share of ups and downs, with bankruptcies punctuating mergers and takeovers. But so far no one has had an idea for reinventing the way airlines are run that holds out the promise of doing for them what Uber did for taxis; until someone does, we’re stuck with them as they are.
It’s not clear yet whether health care is going to be more like airlines or more like taxis–whether the eventual winners will