Technological advances are being used in numerous aspects of daily life. Communications, industry, travel and household appliances are a mere tip of the iceberg where technology has become commonplace. More innovations are presented every year. Many advancements are also being used in modern medicine and more are in the development process.
Electronic Medical Records
Many medical facilities now use computerized programs to maintain patient and institution information. However, at some point in the future, these digitized records might be made available to healthcare professionals anywhere in the world. Additionally, by having the ability to share information worldwide, physicians might also be able to better diagnose and treat any number of medical problems. The proposed system is known as Clinical Decision Support.
It is now possible to consult with physicians and other healthcare providers online to discuss medical problems. Various hospitals are known to be experimenting with robots to monitor patients and perform cleaning duties. By combining technologies, patients may one day be able to consult with a physician via a robotic console.
Many people are aware of the wearable fitness trackers that monitor the number of steps individuals take and the distances they walked or ran. Some devices also enable users to plan fitness regimens, monitor diets and record information online. Similar devices might be used by patients in post-operative situations in order for physicians to keep track of vital signs or other aspects of health. The devices would reduce the days required for hospitalization by providing physicians with data 24/7 that might signal complications.
Digital Contact Lenses
Google recently patented digital contact lenses, which are designed to continually monitor blood glucose levels in diabetic patients. The lenses calculate the blood sugar levels in the tears of wearers. The contacts are currently undergoing clinical trials and testing before approval and marketing.
In the medical field, 3D printers have been used to create prosthetic devices. Some laboratories use the technology to replicate a limited number of organs by building tissues from living cells. Some believe that printed medications are not that far into the future. The innovation has the potential for greatly changing the pharmaceutical industry. However, the possibility of non-pharmaceutical companies possessing 3D printers to create drugs in their home remains a concern.