Even with the rapid changes that happened in the second half of the last century with diagnoses and treatments, there is a lot of things we need to improve in the health sector.
What we globally lack the most for the moment is care-delivery to the patients. It takes a long time from appointment to the doctor until the diagnoses are given.
From where we are now, what is expected to be different shortly?
Today’s world is home to millions of creative and innovative minds and I believe we are yet to witness an unprecedented era of unmatched health innovations and creativity. I envision an upscale healthcare system that will be solid, multidimensional, techno-savvy and effective.
Artificial Intelligence and Robotics
For many of us with tight schedules, I believe booking appointments with your doctor for that monthly or annual checkup must be quite draining.
In the future, your appointment may be picked by a robot.
The possibility of your conventional medical prescription is administered by a robot in the next decade is quite high. Robots have gradually emerged from fiction movies and entered the real world. Future health innovations will be majorly modeled around artificial intelligence and digital technologies, as projected by several medical practitioners around the world. Robots are likely to be an integral part of healthcare, though not exclusively. They will not be substitutes to human doctors since remotely controlled algorithms and providers will be the controllers of these robots and machines.
Most future health innovations will be technology-oriented and will explosively reconfigure many aspects of health, including diagnosis, treatments, and pharmaceuticals. Robots will be able to provide a myriad of medical services, like for example chatbot nursing.
We are yet to enter an era where artificial intelligence will no longer be an alien concept in the dynamics of health and medicine. This will immensely reshape how we prevent, diagnose and cure diseases.
Diagnostic tools will be integrated into robots to accurately read tissue samples and radiological scans.
About 15 years ago, the first telesurgical procedure was carried out on a 68-year-old patient. A surgeon in Newyork remotely controlled a robot that surgically removed a patient's diseased gallbladder. In as much as it seemed impossible then and many were awed, such cases will be part of our day to day lives in the future.
Many healthcare deliveries will be done virtually, instead of physically and the effect of this? Quality healthcare will be easily accessible, cheaper and convenient.
Patients will be able to self diagnose and keep track of their medical progress. Our health will be monitored continuously and progressively.
So many applications are going to be available on our cellphones, and virtual therapists will be just a call away. Technology is getting crazier, and we cannot fight this advancement. We can only embrace and be part of this change. Robots are our future doctors, how amazing is that.
This simply refers to the study of genes and their functions.
In the recent past, massive attention has been given to studying our genes and the different DNA compositions there are. This trend may simply be taken a notch higher. Genomics is one of the principal aspects of personalized healthcare.
Personalized Health Care will enable individual patients to enjoy customized diagnosis, dosage, and therapy. The future of genomics looks promising. Various high tech gene-editing techniques such as CRISPR will enable the removal or addition of new DNA features to plants, animals, and humans. Diseases that are uncurable today will not only be cured but also prevented.
Patients will be able to access their genome data straight from their cellphones with the invention of health inclined apps and genome browsers which may have sufficed as early as now. This will go a long way in offering treatment regimens that are specialized to individuals and their families. Just like the era of antibiotics, the genomic era is now a reality.
Our Future Hospital Space
Soon, robots will serve almost as perfectly as medical assistants, and with the emerging trends of medical apps, therapists will only be a cellphone away. Our future hospitals may as well be at home.
With improved information technology, patients' data will be stored online and the need to sign and work with tangible documents will be forgotten. This will, therefore, cut down on the required hospital workspace. Some of the medical services that are only accessible from the doctor's office today will be readily available from the comfort of our home, planes, offices and wherever. With the emergence of portable X-ray and ultrasound devices in the radiology sector, we will be able to remotely analyze our hearts’ physiology with the assistance of smart algorithms.
The integration of biometric tattoos such as VivaLNK’sEskin Tattoo will be able to transmit medical information of patients prudently. This will acquire biomedical information such as temperature and pressure, easier.
Insertion of microchips underneath the skin will promote efficiency in terms of gaining access to medical facilities and services. Embedded sensors will enable patients to be in control of their health, which to me fits to be touted as a great milestone in the history of medicine.
The possibility of Google contact lenses will also aid Diabetes patients in measuring their glucose levels from their tears, hence the use of uncomfortable glucose monitors may become obsolete soon.
The possibility of leading a normal life for people living with various disabilities may have been a façade in the past, but its reality is more promising due to future health innovations.
Dramatic changes regarding healthcare are already visible today, and they will continue to emerge and reshape our understanding and expectations of health care systems in the future.
The field of medical science in the next few years is going to be a whole revolution on its own. The results of all these innovations are going to be reflected in improved life expectancy rates and better life quality.
Cheers to a new age of medical transformation!
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