Technology is impacting the healthcare industry at light-year speed from hearing aids to digestible sensors. Doctors are able to communicate better with patients, get a better picture of patients’ health, and actually help people who are hearing impaired have better speech recognition that a person without hearing loss. Miracle Ear is an example of a technologically advanced hearing aid. Some other examples of improved healthcare through technology are:
Communication between primary doctors and specialists, doctors and hospitals, and everyone with insurance companies is an area that has been slow to take advantage of technological advancements. Referrals, progress reports and insurance authorizations are slow in coming, and the health of the patient may be adversely affected by this. With software for cloud-based provider relationship management, communication can be instantaneous saving everyone time and money.
Digestible sensors look like any tiny pill. They are as easy to swallow as any medication, but they don’t treat, they transmit information about the patient to the doctor, so he or she can get the same information about the patient that a physical would give. The sensor wirelessly transmits to a computer or smartphone, so your doctor can see what’s going on inside your bodily systems. The sensor uses energy from your body and doesn’t require a battery.
3D Biological Printers
Today, 3D printers are used to create many things, but the possibilities for medical uses are vast. Some of the ways a 3D printer biological printer could help are:
• Print skin to help burn victims and people with skin diseases along with laser-printed skin cells
• Print blood vessels and cardiac tissue that beats like a real heart
• Print stem cells that could develop into cartilage and bone
• Print cancer cells for research
• Print cells to patch hearts that have gone through a heart attack
• Print a portion of or an entire organ for transplants
Human Cell Testing
Microchips that are lined with living human cells can be used for clinical testing, replacing animals. Testing on animals is usually adequate, but not the best option. Testing on living human cells in the microchips give a better picture of what’s going on inside complicated organs such as the lungs.
Today, hearing aids have advanced to fit anyone’s lifestyle. They can be placed inside the hearing canal and be completely invisible, and they are waterproof. They are also smart. They can learn the wearer’s individual preferences and provide appropriate amplification.
These are just a few of the many ways in which technology is advancing the healthcare industry. Doctors can find disease much earlier than ever before and prevent many serious illnesses.
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