Medical science has come a long way, and it continues to develop every day. Technology is at the forefront of these developments and with the pace of technological innovation these days, there’s no telling where medical science will be in the near future.
Although debates happen each time something is introduced in medical technology — whether it’s ethical, or whether big pharmaceutical companies will overprice a pill, etc. — there is no denying that the improvements happening in the medical field have a positive effect on people. They represent hope and improved quality of life.
To give you an idea of where we are right now in terms of medical improvements, here are three of the modern technologies used in health care.
Seeing from a Distance
Remote microscopy has made it possible for medical practitioners to view a microscopic image from whatever distance, as long as there is Internet connection between where the lens is and where the pathologist is. This means the user does not have to be physically present to look at the image real-time. They can be in a different country even. Places that are difficult to reach, places where there are dangers or places where the opinion of a practitioner who is not present is needed, all benefit from this technology.
Making routine rounds from miles away iRobot Corp. and InTouch Health developed the RP-VITA Remote Presence Robot. It is an FDA-cleared mobile cart for use in hospitals, but aside from carrying medical monitoring equipment it also has a 2-way video screen. This lets a doctor monitor patients, communicate with them, give instructions to nurses, diagnose, etc. even while they’re not physically in the building.
Monitoring Without Needles
Self-care for patients with diabetes usually involves the painful use of a needle for monitoring blood sugar levels. Echo Therapeutics, of Philadelphia, developed an alternative to the painful poke. It’s a patch instead of a needle. This transdermal biosensor, used for reading blood analytes through the skin, sends data to a monitor that emits an alarm if levels are not optimal.
New technology for the medical field is introduced almost every day. This is great news for patients and other people with health and medical needs.