Unfortunately, serious illness is part of life and is something that will happen to many people as the decades go by. Another part of life, increasingly more so, is smart tech.
When it comes to health care and smart tech, there are all sorts of innovations the make life easier and help keep people healthier. We want technologies that help us get over some of the major diseases, like vaccines and antibiotics did to things like whooping cough and tuberculosis in the past.
So, what exactly is technology doing to help people get over serious illness?
Health Care and Smart Tech
Overcoming Serious Illness
What are personalized implants? Thanks to changes in 3D printing technology, implants can now be designed to the shape of each individual body using various scans. That means patients can receive devices that precisely fit into slots in their anatomies. This capability makes the implants more functional and comfortable.
There are many reason a person may need Implants, and they can substantially improve a person’s quality of life. Prosthetics, cochlear implants, and digital organs are are few examples.
Some people run when they hear the word AI. What if you could figure out the source of a problem with AI when you can’t get a verifiable diagnosis? Not knowing what is wrong with you can be an unpleasant experience, especially when you have to endure repeated tests and biopsies.
AI is changing the dynamics of the diagnosis process. Intelligent systems are becoming experts in identifying diseases, including rare conditions, from scans and other digital inputs. Doctors hen use these systems to improve diagnosis quality, which allows them to recommend the best available treatment. If I am the patient, this is exactly what I would want.
Genuine genomic medicine is being seen to significantly impact patient well-being. There are medicines that alter or edit patients’ genetic makeup. It’s possible that changing the genetic structure could lead to new signaling that makes many diseases disappear. How awesome is that?! Basically, Changing genetic information using viral vectors is becoming possible.
Cancer patients are also benefiting from improved chemocare thanks to smart tech. One example, is treatment protocols becoming better at managing the side effects of treatment.
Another example, is the DigniCap, which promises to reduce hair loss. The cap uses various cooling and anti-inflammatory technologies to prevent hair follicles from shedding hair.
More clinics are experimenting with fasting and supplementation before chemo. This seems to reduce off-target damage while making the treatment more effective.
Remote Patient Monitoring
Finally, hospitals and clinics are implementing remote monitoring. This is done to free up bed space and enable patients to go home.
With remote patient monitoring, patients wear wristbands and other devices that send data to doctors regarding their health conditions. This helps track a patient’s condition in real-time.
Real time data is helpful and allows medical staff to intervene early if a patient’s condition deteriorates. Monitoring shows whether a patient requires a personalized treatment plan or should head back to the hospital for closer observation or treatment.
Remote monitoring also provides mental health support. Doctors can tracking whether their patients are taking their medications, getting sufficient nutrition, or needs based on their situation.
What ways has smart tech been used in your health care?