Technology is improving in the healthcare sector as they are using new technologies to offer better care to patients.
FREMONT, CA: Technology revolutionizes the health care industry, from telemedicine to artificial intelligence, robotic surgery, and 3D printing. Medical practitioners need to be aware of these myriad developments today.
Medical Device Innovations in Robotics and Imaging
According to industry analysts, the overall market for medical devices is projected to hit $640.9 billion in global revenue by 2023. This development is driven by developments from robotics to nuclear medicine across a wide range of fields.
Robotic Surgical Systems
The da Vinci surgical device obtained FDA approval in the U.S. in 2000. One year later, two physicians in New York used remote robotic surgery to remove a gallbladder from a patient in Strasbourg, France.
The advantages of robotic surgery include allowing operations to occur through minimally invasive incisions, enhancing surgical dexterity, and enabling remote surgery. T
he disadvantages include equipment flaws and high cost. Robotic surgery can be used in procedures, including liver resection, prostate cancer surgery, and hysterectomy.
Nuclear Medicine Imaging
Radioactive experiments were performed in the 1920s, and clinical applications to treat leukemia started in 1935. In 1971, the American Medical Association approved nuclear medicine as a medical specialty, and 16.9 million nuclear medicine procedures were conducted in the U.S. thirty years later. Today, next-generation SPECT cameras are being used to reduce the device's footprint and lower the dosage of radiation for patients.
The advantages of nuclear medicine include its non-invasive nature, lower costs, and the earliest stage of its ability to diagnose disease. The drawbacks include moderate discomfort and redness caused by the radiotracer injection. It can be applied to drug discovery and radioimmunotherapy, and growth.
Telemedicine and AR/VR
Care delivery opportunities have grown and, thanks to developments in telemedicine. It gives patients the ability to talk to their doctors from the comfort of their homes.
Three telemedicine classifications include remote control of patients, store-and-forward, and real-time. Increased comfort, increased access to treatment for rural patients, and increased efficiency for providers are among the advantages of telemedicine. Drawbacks include possible medical record fragmentation, security issues, and policies for subjective reimbursement. The applications from Telehealth include follow-up treatment and control of chronic diseases.