5 Amazing Breakthroughs In Healthcare Technology
Technology has progressed at an unbelievable rate. It seems like we are graced with a new groundbreaking technology every-day. The growth of technology has had an amazing impact on a wide range of industries, anywhere from media to medicine. This year we have witnessed a number of amazing advancements in healthcare technology. I recently found this great article, which outlines some of the biggest innovations in Healthcare Technology so far this year. Here are the breakthroughs in medical technology that I am most excited about.
1) Nanobots In Blood
While nanobots are still far from being utilized today, the day when they will be is quickly approaching. This technology involves tiny robots that function like our own white blood cells and destroy bacteria and other pathogens within our body. The nanobots have the potential to deliver chemotherapy 1,000 times more powerful than current drugs while eliminating many of the side-effects patients experience with current treatments. There are other nanobots currently being developed to destroy bacteria, carry oxygen, create blood clots for wounds, and repair cells as well.
2) The Hospital Experience
Visiting the hospital is not an enjoyable experience. Thankfully there are companies like NXT Health who are working to change the way we experience treatment in our rooms for the better. The focus of their designs is to improve the interoperability of the systems in order to eliminate the wasteful redundancy and technological clutter that plague many modern healthcare facilities. Check out the video below for an in-depth look.
3) Holographic Images
In the United States, more than 2 million people are affected by hospital-acquired infections every year. These infections are responsible for around 100,000 deaths and cost hospitals an estimated $20 billion to treat them. One way to significantly reduce these numbers is to eliminate the need to touch physical devices (keyboards, mouse, etc.) to input data in the hospital. A holographic data input like a virtual keyboard or mouse could help reduce the amount of infections people are exposed to.
4) Improved Blood-Testing
There is nothing enjoyable about needles, especially when you are repeatedly pricked by an inexperienced phlebotomist. Thankfully, companies like Theranos have designed a way to run test with micro-samples of blood (1/1,000th of the size of a typical blood draw). This technology not only improves the patient experience, but also significantly reduces lab fees.
5) Augmenting Human Capabilities
Funded by DARPA, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory is currently working to create naturally controlled artificial limbs, which as you can see below is already becoming a reality. Researches have developed technology that allows the user to control prosthetic arms with his mind alone.