Cheaper, faster andmore efficient patient care is the biggest focus of modern medical technology companies, especially owing to the recent health care reform and a controversial medical device tax. Medical innovations, despite the limited financing and other, mostly financially-oriented, setbacks, have managed to bring a whole lot to the table! Here are some of the most interesting medical technology innovations.
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One of the most commonly-known medicines, aspirin is used for everything from migraines, to cluster headaches and chronic, excruciating head or facial pain. However, taking two aspirins and calling the doctor in the morning is pretty much a useless method. Well, there’s a technology that is still under clinical trials, of an actual patient-powered tool for blocking SPG (sphenopalatine ganglion) signals, which are associated with the most severe chronic forms of headache – at the first sign of a headache! As you might have guessed, the entire system revolves around a permanent implant of a small nerve stimulating device in the upper gum of the side of the head, which is usually affected by headaches. When a patient senses the onset of a headache, they would simply need to place a handheld remote controller on the cheek that’s nearest to the implant.
Diabetes care without a needle
Diabetes might have been brought to a controlled environment, where a patient can live a long life with the chronic disease, but the current self-care revolving around this disease is painful and tedious. A diabetic patient needs to constantly draw blood for glucose testing and take insulin shots on a daily basis, which, in addition to being a gloomy obligation, bears a heightened risk of infection from poking.
Luckily, a technology is under development, which will replace the needle with a patch. The idea is based around a transdermal biosensor that reads blood analytes through the skin, rendering the need to draw blood redundant. The future diabetes patients will need nothing but an electric-toothbrush-like device that will make the entire process painless and easy.
The biggest problem of modern hospitals is outlined in the fact that they’re understaffed. This, however, is only common and logical – there’s a potentially infinite number of patients, which can never be lower than the number of doctors. The new medical robots are an innovation that will bring ease to hospitals worldwide. Hopefully, they will patrol the hallways of many healthcare institutions on routine rounds, performing scheduled checkups on patients in different rooms, while managing their individual charts without obligatory human intervention!
Medical doctors are under an ever-increasing time pressure to serve long lists of patients with better care and, as mentioned earlier, the number of doctors will always pale in significance in comparison with the overwhelming number of patients. The need for practice management software that improves clinical workflows and practice efficiency, thereby saving time, while simultaneously achieving better outcomes is huge and, luckily, a newly designed piece of software will be able to save both time and money, while achieving more efficient patient care!
The 3D printing technology is already making its presence known in a wide variety of fields, but this can be most felt in the world of medicine. For example, a whopping 95% of all modern hearing aids are now produced through the 3D printing technology! What’s more, many other areas of medicine are seeing huge improvements, from prosthetics to teeth-straightening braces. The 3D printing technology is extremely accurate and produces miraculous results!
These 5 medical technology innovations are no longer a thing of science fiction. While some of the mentioned are still in the prototype stage, others are becoming a regular thing in more advanced hospitals!
By Diana Smith