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How The Health Industry Is Being Revolutionized by Tech
Developments in tech are impacting every walk of life, and every sector of business. Yet perhaps some of the most profound effects of this revolution are being felt within the confines of the health sector, which of course means, in turn, profound changes in the length and quality of life that most of us can hope to enjoy.
But what are the more specific applications by which tech is influencing the health sector in the here and now. Here are some prime examples:
Quantum computing is promising to finally deliver a solution to processing the colossal amounts of data that are required for such considerations as genome sequences, and the impact of environmental and behavioral factors on health. Currently, that data is too large and copious for even super computers to handle. With this development, data analysis processes will exist to help identify all sorts of incredible health factors, transforming the way we live and the way we interact with our environment from a health perspective.
Artificial intelligence in making diagnoses
Although human beings are still superior when it comes to decision making based on real data, AI is quickly catching up. And the advantage here is that, while humans have a limited capacity in terms of the work they can perform in defined periods of time (think of overworked consultants and physicians), AI-driven devices do not have that limit. Not only does this promise to exponentially increase the number of diagnoses that can be made in a quantifiable amount of time, it will also dramatically increase early diagnosis and intervention rates, helping to save countless lives in the process.
Robots are already being used in the healthcare sector – the Da Vinci robot used in surgery is a famous case in point. But robots are involved elsewhere too, from cleaning and delivery tasks within healthcare settings such as hospitals and health centers, to assisting in the lifting of patients in and out of beds and wheelchairs, to even interacting with elderly patients who require company to operating as calming companions to children with autism.
“Robotics is an aspect of technology that really knows no bounds when it comes to the added advantages within the healthcare sector, which is traditionally understaffed and often stretched to the limit in terms of resources,” says Karen Wentworth, a medical lab consultant at WritemyX and BritStudent.
This is a more obvious aspect in terms of how technology is changing the healthcare sector, and is already used in plenty of jurisdictions around the world. But think a little more acutely about the advantage of possessing digital health records which can be shared via the cloud.
“Now, your health vitals are not only available to specialists and healthcare workers at the simple click of a button but can also be accessed by you at any given moment to control important elements such as insulin levels, regulate dosages of vital medicines, and regularly report back health statistics which you can use to adapt your diet and routine accordingly,” enthuses Rand Spencer, a physician at 1day2write and NextCoursework.
This is both preventative and proactive healthcare at its very best, and is all facilitated by the ongoing tech revolution.
The use of cyborgs
We truly are living in the realms of futuristic Terminator movies when we start thinking about cyborgs – cybernetic organisms which contain both artificial and organic parts. But we are already there in terms of prosthesis, and developments are taking place in terms of assisting impaired vision, hearing and other senses. Even organ replacements involving semi-artificial components are now becoming the reality, so in this respect, we are already living in the future.
Once again, in terms of prothesis and organ creation, 3D printing has already changed the game. But 3D printing is already being trialed for medicines which can be tailored to required individual dosages, and combined so that instead of taking 30 separate pills in any given day, a patient need only take one.
These developments are really just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to developments within the healthcare sector. Machine learning is another tech advance which is already resulting in profound changes and improvements within the sphere. Early diagnosis, treatment, operative surgery, control of symptoms, preventative measures. No aspect of our health will be left untouched.