Five Medical Tech Innovations That Promise Better Patient Care

Patch biosensorIndustry engineers, scientist and medical technology companies have been for long focusing on creating products and technologies that deliver cheaper, faster and considerably more effective patient care. They continue to push through new ideas and have consistently been improving and managing human health with amazing innovations.

When we talk about the fast moving society, we understand that we are advancing ever so fast into the future – and medical technological innovation is one such field. As medical technologies surge with unprecedented speeds and accuracy most of the procedures that were commonplace just decades ago seems so obsolete now. Therefore, as we look into the future, we see a new beginning of medical treatments that has made lives of doctors today so much easier.

The new medical technologies strike a great balance between reducing overall costs of health care and increasing safety and survival of patients. Listed below for your reference are five medical tech innovations that promise better patient care in the years to come.

1. Patch Biosensors allow needle-less diabetes care

Diabetes in itself is a painful disease, ones who suffer with it know what we mean, but self-care of Diabetes adds tremendously to this pain. Diabetics require drawing their blood to keep a frequent tap on glucose levels, and others with high glucose levels require daily insulin shots. These not only cause pain because of all that pricking but also keep possibility of acquiring infections high.

Portable continuous glucose monitoring devices and insulin pumps have made the process of monitoring glucose levels a little automated, but even these have not been able eliminate the need of needle pricks and shots completely. Now Echo Therapeutics in Philadelphia is developing a diabetic patch which will eliminate the need for pricks completely.

Echo Therapeutics is developing a transdermal biosensor that can read blood chemistry from the skin, without the need of drawing blood. The patch-biosensor basically uses a handheld electric brush to scrap of the top layer of the skin to get the blood vital signals without a drop of blood. The sensor sends the data to a wirelessly connected monitor, where the users can keep track of their rising and dropping levels of glucose.

2. Robot doctors

Robots have ventured into almost all forms of human existence; they can cook, dance, play and can even perform medical examinations like doctors. Telepresence robots are the best in the league and they are herald as robot avatars, and these robots in medical avatar can petrol the hospital rooms like routine rounds of the doctors and check patients in different rooms. RP-VITA Remote Presence Robot developed in collaboration with iRobot Corp. and InTouch Health is perhaps the first such autonomous Telepresence robot which has been approved by the FDA and has found its way into seven hospitals in various states of America and Mexico.

The medical professionals of these hospitals can control the RP-Vita using iPads and can monitor each patient’s individual charts, vital signs and carry out other kinds of precise examination courtesy the robot’s built-in two-way cameras. The doctors can zoom into each patient that the robot visit and diagnose them for all kinds of problems without being physically present there.

3. Growing half heart

Thousands of children are born with a condition called hypoplastic left heart syndrome, which causes the child’s left ventricle – heart’s main pumping chamber to stop functioning, which can be fatal. Common treatment for this includes open heart surgery, wherein the blood pumping task is shifted to the right ventricle, which along with handling low pressure blood flow to the lungs also gets an added responsibility of pumping blood out to the other organs of the body. This excessive pressure isn’t a sure shot solution and ultimately leads to casualty.

Now in order to help the left ventricle grow, surgeons at Boston Children’s Hospital have devised a way to open the obstructed valves and repair the problems to direct the blood flow to the left ventricle instead of away from it to the right ventricle. Thriving on the body’s natural capacity to heal, the surgeons have been able to re-grow the heart in 12 children.

4. Veti-Gel – anti-bleeding gel

Medical technological innovations usually require high budgets and lots of time, but sometimes and small idea can make a revolutionary change. Such is the case with Veti-Gel, an anti-bleeding gel like substance created by Joe Landolina and Isaac Miller. The Veti-Gel when applied on bleeding area, instantly seals the wound and starts the clotting process in no time. The gel mimics the properties of extracellular matrix, which naturally helps cells grow together – the anti-bleeding gel does exactly that, it allows the cells in the body to grow together faster.

The Veti-Gel has been tested in various clinical experiments and it has proven to be really effective. If the anti-bleeding gel actually makes it for real, it could be major life saver especially in the combat zones and sports fields.

5. Creating brain cells from pee

Almost all of us are familiar with the fact that embryonic stem cells were being used to create progenitor cells (which are used by the body as building blocks for brain cells). But, the fact is that these developed tumors after transplant. Now, with an objective to try creating progenitor cells in a new way, researchers at the Guangzhou Institute of Biomedicine and Health in China have used waste cell in urine to modify them with retroviruses to create progenitor cells. What has been amazing about using pee cells to create progenitor cells is that these have shown no signs of side effects. Biologists working on the innovative technology say that the newly formed neurons have not caused any kind of tumors in mice used for testing.

The main benefit of using cells for urine means that they will be freely available and that scientists will be able to create neurons from cells sourced from the same person, minimizing the risk of the cells not being excepted by the body.

Author Bio: I’m Mike a health & fitness consultant having 5+ years of experience working in clinics, gyms and also Yoga instructor dealing with health, pain and injuries. I provide professional assistance and advice on health issues and on various weight loss products.

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