2017’s Hot Trends and Innovations in Health Technology

One of the latest advances that come with the digital age is the application of technology to health. We think “technology” and we probably send our minds to ideas just short of augmented reality, self-driving cars, robotics, and holograms. None of these ideas are misplaced as far as technology goes, but applied technologies offer us as humans so much more when it is applied to an area that needs it the most –health care.

With a move to apply scientific breakthroughs made using cutting edge technology, we can speed up the process of pretty much any kind of health care for pretty much any patient. The possibilities are limitless when we apply the newest technological advances to our traditional practices of medicine.

Population Health Management Applications Allow a Fuller Picture.

Thanks to the many platforms out there that allow people to input their health information on a daily or even up-to-the-second basis, the ability to track the health habits of individuals has never been easier. The insight that this ability gives to medical professionals is one that allows a faster and more direct diagnosis of a medical issue, as well as to weed out the possibility of false accountability (because who hasn’t fibbed a little when the doctor asks how often we exercise per week?).

Population health management programs make it so that the platforms that we as individuals use to track our health habits communicate with that of our medical professionals. As we move further into the age of medical technology becoming more rightly accessible for patients, we are growing towards deeper integration. You inputting information about your diet and exercise routine, and even the amount of sleep you get per night becomes information available to your doctor –allowing them to be able to more acutely diagnose any ailments that you may have now or in the future. It’s all about how medical professionals can have more information on how to help you as the patient.

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Interactive and Cutting-Edge Technology Trends in Health

Technology offers us a more consistent view into patients’ lives. While some might view this ability as an “invasion of privacy”, when it comes to information sharing, medical records being shared amongst doctors is not a place to be bashful.

The more information that medical professionals must work with per patient, the better care they can administer, and with all the tools and tech trends that are advancing these days, getting that information into their hands has never been easier.

  • Wearables

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Devices such as wearables and applications on mobile devices can have features that are as simple as “step-counters” or as complex as heart rate monitors that keep count of when you are sleeping at night. This kind of information allows doctors, as well as you as the patient, to be able to have a more acute picture of your daily health patterns. Ideas and possibilities that were unheard of a few short years ago.

  • VR Training for Surgeons

Almost as if something straight out of a science-fiction novel, we are integrating virtual reality technology into the medical profession. The kind of interactive technology is being used in medicine in several ways, but mostly for learning purposes. For patients to be educated on medicines and how they interact within the body, to surgeons practicing complex procedures as if they were the real thing –virtual reality has become a trend in health technology and will continue to find more and more purpose as the year continues.

  • 3D Printed Drugs as the Pharmaceuticals of the Future

One of the most interesting trends that has come up in the recent years is 3D printed drugs. Rather than the traditional method of putting together the precise chemicals and bonding agents that go into creating prescription drugs, we now have the ability, thanks to modern tech, to literally print drugs from a machine.

The FDA recently green-lit the creation of Spritam, a drug for individuals who suffer from epileptic seizures. The process of 3D printing the drug occurs like any other 3D printing –the product is created layer by layer. Very precise placement of the powders that make up the drug is placed and spread around and held together by dropped liquids.

The process may sound unspectacular to laypeople, but for those in the pharmaceuticals field, 3D printing of drugs is a huge money saver as it can take a fraction of the time to produce the drugs.