As we approach the second decade in this 21st century, a lot of us are complaining because we don’t have flying cars and jet packs yet, but at least we’re seeing some promising advancements in healthcare technology. In particular, the past 5 years have led to the advent of a number of medical apps and devices that are improving patient treatment, diagnosis, and data analysis. With that said, here are 3 ways these innovative inventions are going to make healthcare a much different experience for the next generation of world citizens:
1. Patients Will Have Better Contact with Professionals and Easier Access to Knowledge
While studying for an online public health degree at the University of Southern California, I learned that access to data and communication are two of the most important aspects in patient care and treatment. With the new wave of socially geared medical apps, patients are going to be able to inquire and consult with their physician or another healthcare professional in a more streamlined manner than the archaic alternative of calling the office and hoping for an informative oral response.
2. Everything Will Be Accessible on a Mobile Device
With access to documentation and knowledge regarding their conditions, patients will be less likely to fall victim to common mistakes that currently plague the relatively uninformed population of today. Rather than having to conduct your own web search and verify the legitimacy of sources, you’ll have app interfaces that tell you everything you need to know in an organized manner. As hospitals, clinics, and other facilities continue to join the app rush, we can expect to see direct app-based communication with healthcare providers become commonplace by 2030.
3. People Will Be Under Frequent Fitness Monitoring
Finally, in addition to being in a better position to treat existing conditions, people will also be equipped to better prevent the development of serious illnesses, as fitness monitoring devices are also expected to eventually become a societal norm. In fact, it’s not unreasonable to imagine that by the halfway point in this century we might see fitness monitoring features included in almost all of the then ubiquitous smart watches. While earning my masters in public health, I also learned that keeping a close eye on vitals and early warning signs is an effective way to mitigate the effects of a developing a condition by catching it early.
Preparing the Younger Generation to Become Tech-Savvy
While we can reasonably expect that most people in developed nations will adapt well to the coming advancements, it’s inevitable that there will be a minority that will be behind or less equipped than the other students in their age groups. Right now such disparity between households is still rather common, as is evident by the fact that about 60% of the world sadly still doesn’t have access to the internet. Within the next 20 years that will change as everyone continues to become adopt and become more proficient with the available technology. Thus, it’s now more important than ever to start preparing children and teenagers to be tech-savvy in their adult years, as lacking these skills will equate to a serious reduction in quality of life.