The Top Predictions for Health Technology in 2016
The technology that is found in the health and medical field is always evolving and changing for the better in order to provide doctors and specialists with the tools they need to give patients the best care possible. Just as other forms of technology have already improved the lives of people around the world, health technology’s ultimate goal is to monitor wellness over the long term more accurately, as well as provide more accurate diagnoses and customized treatments for the best results.
What are the top predictions for health technology in 2016? Continue reading to learn more.
More Wearable Technology for Patients
Wearable technology is set to become even more advanced and sophisticated in 2016, with these devices able to capture valuable information about a patient, as well as analyze that data with greater ease than ever before. This makes the clinical use of the devices even more convenient.
The majority of the wearables that have been sold thus far are those that monitor a patient’s health. In the future, though, wearables will go beyond mere monitoring to be able to provide therapeutic support to patients as well.
Many consumers already use a variety of mobile apps that are meant to track their health, and a lot of patients are already harnessing the benefits of wearable sensors. This trend is only going to continue moving upward throughout 2016.
An Increased Use of EMR Systems
EMR stands for Electronic Medical Records, and these systems are found in many doctors’ offices already, but the technology is set to continue expanding into higher numbers of medical facilities around the country.
These systems are able to keep track of patients’ records with more accuracy and ease, allowing medical professionals to properly assess a patient’s progress and maintain clear records throughout that patient’s life. These systems can also help maintain accurate medical billing records to avoid confusion regarding a patient’s payment history.
Robotic Surgery Advancements
2016 will also be the year that advancements in the field of robotic surgery make it easier for surgeons to deliver more precise care. With the help of robotics, a surgeon could create smaller incisions, resulting in less trauma and increased accuracy.
Robotic surgery also allows for shorter stays in the hospital, and it typically results in a quicker return to daily activities. Also, patients experience fewer complications, have a lowered risk of getting infected, a lower amount of pain, and less blood loss.
Leadless pacemakers are super small, taking up roughly 10% of the space that a typical pacemaker would require. These are also specifically created to help just one chamber within the heart. It could provide a better alternative to patients who need a pacemaker for a heart condition.
Mobile Stroke Units
Also referred to as an MSU, a mobile stroke unit is an ambulance that has equipment available to perform a variety of healthcare procedures and tests. These include CT scans, blood tests, and tPA tests. You can’t find this technology in older, traditional ambulances, so these MSUs can provide more accurate care right on the spot while en route to a hospital, resulting in better results for patients in need.
More Advanced Prosthetics
Prosthetic technology has also grown dramatically over the last few years, with plenty of breakthroughs that have offered improved flexibility and stability so that patients can move more naturally. The latest advancements, however, have to do with artificial skin that is applied over a prosthetic limb in order to provide a highly sensitive structure that allows a patient to actually feel what he or she is touching.
“Smart skin” is able to imitate a human’s sense of touch with sensitivity that is comparable to fingertips. This gives the patient the ability to more accurately detect just how much pressure he or she is applying to something, such as when holding a delicate object. And, of course, this technology restores the sense of touch, which is truly incredible.
The biggest challenge, however, is plugging this new type of prosthetic to the brain so that it registers what the prosthetic is feeling. Even though this particular type of prosthetic might be something that you will not see for a few more years, you can, nevertheless, expect to see similar prosthetic advancements in 2016.
With so many amazing technological advancements changing the way that doctors deliver care to their patients, the healthcare industry is definitely moving forward and getting better than ever. Look for some of these new advancements at your medical facilities throughout 2016 and beyond.