The Information age has given us an abundance of technology capable of revolutionizing the face of a wealth of industries, but perhaps none has seen such an extensive face-lift as the medical field.
While not strictly medical tech, virtual keyboards could have a resounding effect on the healthcare industry. They might sound trivial— what’s a keyboard when we have robots that can perform surgeries— but one of the biggest problems in hospitals also comes down to something very, very tiny: germs. If you stop to think about the last time you cleaned your keyboard, you might see where this is going. Swapping physical keyboards for their futuristic floating counterparts has the capability to significantly cut down on the spread of infections, like the terrifying MRSA, as doctors enjoy a sterile, hands-free alternative to a tangible bacteria wonderland.
Robotic Surgery Simulator
As robot-assisted surgery rises in popularity, more surgeons need to be trained in how to utilize this technology. Previously, that meant having them practice on humans, an intimidating prospect for even the most accomplished surgeon. With the introduction of the Robotic Surgery Simulator (RoSS), however, surgeons can train in much the same way a fighter pilot would with a flight simulator, obtaining the experience they need without worry of one mistake costing a human life.
More linked to fitness than healthcare, wearable tech has seen a surge in popularity amongst those who want to be more connected to their wellness. But the same functions that make wearables so great for tracking the effectiveness of your workout also make them an extremely beneficial tool for managing chronic conditions. Take chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, for example: wearable sensors can track different vitals like heart rate variability, respiratory rates, and heart rhythm day and night and beam the data directly to a patient’s healthcare provider. Professionals, like those at Corner Home Medical, know that the more information available the better. That way, a more comprehensive look can be done at each individual’s unique condition, leading to a more tailored treatment and vastly improved health.
MelaFind Optical Scanner
Melanoma is the most deadly form of skin cancer, a fact exacerbated by how difficult it can be to identify. Many moles or spots that look suspicious are in fact harmless, and biopsying every skin defect is time-consuming, inefficient, and just not feasible. The MelaFind Optical Scanner enables doctors to simply wave the tool over a mole and decide, with 98.4 percent certainty, if a lesion is a melanoma that needs to be biopsied for further testing.
Technology has improved our lives in a number of ways, and now we’re at a point where it’s having an increasingly significant impact on our health. With how quickly the field is advancing, immortality no longer seems like the fever dream of a mad scientist. At the very least, we can always preserve our brains until the tech catches up.