You don’t need a crystal ball to tell you that technology is rapidly growing and will continue to
advance. It has made life easier and healthier for decades. The health sector is one department in which technology has made impressive waves. Innovators are constantly looking for products that make things cheaper, faster, and more efficient for patient care, and there have been several winners over the years.
1. Orthotic Machines
After years of research, it was discovered that improper support for your feet could lead to problems with headaches, back pain, foot and ankle irritation, and other serious effects. Orthotic machines were developed to test the width and depth of arches so people can have custom orthotic footwear made specifically for them.
2. Health Apps
From getting a better workout and monitoring your heart rate to testing diabetes and making medical appointments, there are hundreds of apps available to make everything easier for your health needs.
3. Electronic Aspirin
For those struggling with chronic migraines, electronic aspirin is quite literally a miracle pill. Patients can have an implant placed near their sinus cavity. At the first sign of a headache, pressing a button triggers an electronic signal to block a certain nerve cluster infamous for causing migraines and similar pain in the head and face.
4. Wearable Gadgets
Fitness trackers are the biggest innovations in wearable tech that are helping people all over the world become fitter. These tools count steps, monitor heart rate, track distance, and more. The information can be put together into charts and graphs so that you can monitor your health.
Need a consultation on any health issue? You no longer need to make an appointment, drag your sick body across town, and wait in the lobby for an hour before the doctor will see you. With telemedicine, you can talk with a doctor through online video conference. In some cases, they’ll ask you to go to a real clinic or hospital, but in many cases, the problem can be taken care of and the doctor can even write you a prescription and have it delivered to your house.
6. Smart Toilets
As strange as it sounds, smart toilets can be very useful for those with serious health problems. They can test urine, body temperature, and even heart rates and send the information to a doctor. This is very useful for people who have heart conditions or diabetes and need to constantly measure their vitals.
7. VR Simulations
Med schools are now using VR and AR technologies for educational purposes. Wearing a VR helmet, surgeons in training can practice delicate medical procedures before practicing on a human host, among other functions.
With the use of AR, medical students can get a close-up of human anatomy in order to prep for exams. This reduces the need for cadavers and helps students be more prepared for the medical field.
This is defined as clothing with microchips implanted in them. They react to changes in body temperature, mood, and other external body changes that can help monitor health. Though there’s currently not a huge market for these clothes, it’s a burgeoning industry that has limitless potential in the future.
9. 3D Bioprinting
With 3D Bioprinting, simple tissues can be printed for medical procedures. Instead of taking excess skin from other areas of the body for skin grafts, for example, surgeons could have new skin printed.
Right now, it’s not possible to print brand new organs, but scientists are hopeful that in the next few years, bioprinting livers for transplants will be possible.
10. Bionic Eyeball
People have been replacing missing eyes with wooden or glass counterparts for years, but they just filled a hole rather than fixing the problem. The bionic eyeball is a tiny machine with a tiny camera, which can more or less do the job of a real eye.