The technological advances we’ve seen in the last twenty years are huge, and the ones that we’ve seen in the medical industry are another level altogether.
From digital care services to medical advancements for the treatments of illnesses and ailments, the technological revolution has truly taken a hold of the medical world. In Europe, it was found that the health-tech industry grew following a 148% jump in investment in devices in 2018.
With that in mind, it got us thinking about how the healthcare industry could continue to grow with the help of technological advancements. Below, we’ve listed a few ways we think healthcare could still be transformed.
This is everywhere already, from Fitbits to Apple watches, people wear these constantly. So why shouldn’t they help out the healthcare industry? Collecting personalised, real-time data, these encourage healthy lifestyles and can provide researchers with valuable information when it comes to health.
Due to computers becoming more advanced and getting quicker and quicker, the potential powers of human DNA analysis are finally beginning to become unlocked. As this area continues to go from strength to strength, it could vastly improve treatments and patient outcomes for a massive range of illnesses and diseases.
Organs on Chips
Due to the combination of advanced DNA sequencing and stem cell research, researchers have been about to grow miniature organs. However, the key part here is that these organs are based on the DNA of each individual patient. Connected to electronic sensors, these specifically designed organs can respond to treatment at a cellular level, meaning doctors will be able to see what methods have most success, before applying them to the real-life patient.
Social Media Advancement
Obviously social media has taken over the world, and it’s only a matter of time before the healthcare industry fully leverage it. Soon, healthcare providers and regulators should be able to collect patient reviews via social media, which can be used to identify potential issues and improve the overall quality of care at their facilities.
While the discussion around genetically engineering human DNA, which would then be used to fight diseases, is hugely controversial, it is still something that could become commonplace in the future. This is due to gene therapy and the use of viruses that have been genetically modified to fight diseases are becoming much more common. Meanwhile, genetically-modified mosquitos have already been deployed in order to help fight against diseases such as malaria, and the Zika virus.
These are only a few ideas, but with the ever-changing healthcare landscape, who knows what could be on the horizon.