Skepticism of innovative medical technology is absurd.
Let’s just say it exceeds the number of patients coming in the world’s largest medical facilities and be done with it.
Maybe that’s true and maybe it isn’t. The point is – and it’s becoming common knowledge – technological advancements are reshaping the medical industry and redefining its future.
Medical has become a key focus for the technology industry, from modest companies focusing on medical apps to the biggest companies in the industry seeking to find ways to address issues of wellness through accurate monitoring and management of healthcare processes.
And though tools like electronic medical records (EMR) are now mainstream and available, there are more wide-ranging, sophisticated, IT-driven opportunities to be grasped. Also, mobile technologies, human-machine interface, and 3D printing collectively indicate a future where it is possible to deliver personalized and accurate care without human input and manual tools.
What follows are three technologies that are reshaping the healthcare sector:
The adoption of 3D printing is happening fastest in the medical industry. Previously, prototypes were sparingly used in medical design due to time and expense considerations, but three-dimensional printing provides a more streamlined technology that makes customized objects with no additional material waste or tooling.
A popular example of 3D printing technology enhancing patient care is the case of Eric Monger. He was diagnosed with a tumor in his face, which led him to undergo surgery. However, surgical intervention left a gaping in his face, which limited his ability to eat, drink and converse without holding his jaw. He went into depression – until Doctor Anderw Dawood, who uses 3D printing to replicate jaws in order to practice oral and facial surgeries, took a CT scan of his skull and fabricate a new jaw for Monger. The outcome was successful.
HMI displays are being used for all sorts of medical applications: X-ray, image-guided surgery, ultrasound, dental medicine, vitro diagnostics, and many others. These particular display technologies are capable of meeting the toughest industrial requirements, such as vibration, temperature and shock resistance, so they could be utilized in conjunction with other digital healthcare equipment and in fast paced settings to deliver personalized care. And manufacturers today can provide customized HMI panels taking into account the requirements of a healthcare service provider.
HMI technology is also eliminating the need for manual messaging that can be incorrect, outdated or inaccurate by allowing companies to deploy touchscreen panel computers for displaying digital messaging inside and outside a hospital patient room. The panels directly allow physicians and other medical professionals to update messaging and data as well as personalize them to the patient’s condition. Some examples include charted information, documented allergies, and healthcare analytics for personalized care.
Speech recognition technology is helping the healthcare sector to improve patient care and reduce denials. Such technology contains an automated virtual assistant that recognizes and speaks multiple languages, while being compatible with medical equipment, web, mobile, IVR and other devices.
Ben Brown, research analyst at KLAS, revealed that some physicians use speech recognition instead of pointing and clicking in EHRs. He made his observation during a discussion of how medical providers perceive speech recognition solutions, reporting that these solutions are the ‘hottest steam’ in the market around EHRs and EMRs.