Technology is transforming the way people handle their healthcare and it’s not slowing down. Check out these innovative technologies currently available or about to hit the market.
1) Wearable Technology
Wearable technologies are becoming common tools both patients and doctors can use to monitor health. OMsignal, a smart clothes company, creates apparel that helps measure information like heart rate and calories burned to improve health and wellness. The clothing is unobtrusive and uses biosensors to track health data. In June 2013, Dr. Rafael Grossman became the first surgeon to use Google Glass in the operating room. Grossman recorded his medical procedure with the device and hopes to use wearable technologies such as Google Glass as a way to educate medical students through video footage. As Google Glass becomes more available, more medical workers are using the technology.
2) 3D Printing
The health industry is beginning to use 3D printers to study diseases and improve health for patients. A lab at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh used a 3D printer to produce embryonic stem cells. The researchers hope to use the cells to grow tissue and new organs. 3D printing has also created skin to care for burn victims, blood vessels and cardiac tissue to model a heart, and cancer cells to study the disease and work toward a cure, according to an article on referral MD.
MelaFind is a piece of technology that scans below the skin’s surface for signs of melanoma. The device helps dermatologists and other doctors decide whether their patient should go through with a biopsy. MelaFind’s main goal is to reduce the number of unnecessary biopsies by verifying if the procedure is needed.
4) Robotic Check-Ups
Medical robots are changing the way doctors check on patients in hospitals. The RP-Vita Remote Presence Robot improves medical workflows by traveling through and patrolling hospital hallways, visiting different patients, and monitoring patients’ vital signs, an article by ASME said.