From mobile apps and medical robots to remote patient monitoring, new technologies are continuing to abound throughout industry, and we are beginning to see the various ways in which the medical industry is adopting technology. It should be no surprise, then, that technology will be drastically changing the landscape of the medical industry in the coming years.
According to this article by the Hartford Courant, “We are moving into an era of data-driven, crowd-sourced, participatory, genomics-based medicine. Just as our bathroom scales give us instant readings of our weight, wearable devices will monitor our health and warn us when we are about to get sick.” These “wearable devices,” and remote patient monitors that use wireless technology to monitor a patient’s health, are coming to light thanks to new mobile devices and technology that have entered the medical market. Some medical applications have already been introduced in the market, and we have read that Apple is also developing a medical app of its own, all of which include features that can track blood pressure, heart beats, and exercise levels through signals in the phone.
Technology has even entered the healthcare facilities—surgeons are beginning to use tablets and applications on a daily basis. For example, a surgeon can now bring a patient in for a pre-surgery discussion and pull up diagrams and visual explanations of how the surgery is going to progress. Additionally, healthcare professionals are interfacing with more advanced diagnostic tools, creating for better diagnoses and medical assistance. One surgeon, Dr. Rafael Grossmann, recently became the first general surgeon to utilize Google Glass in an operating room, according to CBS News. In the article, he describes how having a patient’s medical records to readily available through Google Glass could potentially improve medical safety as a whole.
Being medical device manufacturers, we have certainly seen the role that technology has played in the medical industry and how the development of new technologies will drastically shape the future of the medical field. Whether it is through mobile applications, wearable devices, or medical robots, medical technology is certainly here to stay.