Technology Meets Medicine: The Perfect Match

New technological advances in the fields of medical and healthcare are helping people to live healthier, longer and happier lives. Here are just a few of the innovations that are improving lives today, plus a few that may be in use in the future.

Robot “patients”

Robotic patient simulators allow doctors to practice their skills and gain confidence before working with real patients. Robotic patients can simulate all kinds of conditions and procedures, from simple illnesses to major surgery. An example is Victoria, a robot that simulates pregnancy and childbirth. Victoria displays vital signs like a real person’s during childbirth. She even speaks phrases and expresses pain. Victoria, and her robot baby Tory, can be used to simulate many different scenarios including an emergency caesarian.

Virtual solutions

In certain parts of the world, some medication is too expensive for many people. An entrepreneur named Adama Kane has developed a “virtual pharmacy” app that allows patients to exchange unused but unexpired medication. In conjunction with the availability of virtual doctor consultations, these innovations are truly giving more people access to the treatment they need, regardless of where they live.

Sun protection

Nowadays, many people are aware of the dangers of overexposure to UV radiation. This is especially important for patients who’ve been diagnosed as being at risk of, or who have already survived, skin cancer. A little sun is good, however, because it promotes vitamin D production and has other health benefits. How can people judge when they’re at risk of getting too much sun, and potentially developing skin cancer? One recent development that could help is My UV Patch, a photosensitive skin patch that changes color with exposure to the sun. Wearers can scan the patch using their smartphones. The accompanying My UV Patch app then tells them if it’s safe to get a little more sun, or if they need to cover up.

Future developments

In the future, it’s expected that technology will play a bigger and bigger part in medical practice and everyday health care. One example is the development of new algorithms that can help doctors diagnose heart problems before they become serious. Another example is the use of implanted devices, both for monitoring patients’ vital signs or for administering treatment such as insulin injections. While devices like this are already in use, they’re expected to become more sophisticated and widespread.

Technology and medicine have always gone hand in hand. Today’s new innovations continue to keep patients healthier and make life easier for doctors.

 

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