Healthcare is an important and essential sector of our lives. We are getting heavily dependent on healthcare especially to treat issues associated with our various lifestyle diseases. Technology is transforming medicine making it cost effective and time efficient while saving lives right on time within a short duration.
Here is a list of 5 breakthrough innovative technologies that will shape healthcare in 2018:
1. Drone-assisted medical delivery systems to remote areas and more
With advances in technology, drones are being used to provide treatment and distribution of medical services/ medicine to remote areas. These delivery systems, associated with an app receive medical emergency messages, are flown on site to treat and diagnose the medical issue. In case of medical tests, the drone carries test samples to doctors while delivering test results to patients within a short span of just 30 minutes.
2. Reduced LDL cholesterol
Low-density lipoprotein (LDL), aka bad cholesterol is a major risk factor in heart diseases. New innovations in drug delivery systems have found a way to lower LDL levels by 75%. PCSK9 inhibitors, along with statins, have proved to reduce bad cholesterol. Many doctors believe this will help reduce cardio related issues once and for all.
3. Artificial pancreas for diabetics
Diabetes is caused by the insufficient production of insulin by the pancreas. Works for creating an artificial pancreas have been in the news since which we can expect to become more prominent in 2018. The Hybrid Close-Loop Insulin Delivery System in the first automated artificial pancreas or insulin system. These systems, which are attached to patients, are designed to monitor blood-sugar levels continuously, providing insulin to stabilize blood sugar. All of this is managed by an algorithm that connects the pancreas to a smart device.
4. Medical Sieve
Medical sieves are systems can filter large amounts of data on scans (MRI, X-Ray, CT scan) and sort through a patient’s complete medical history to diagnose a medical condition. Driven by smart algorithms and advanced AI, it can learn everything there is to know about a patient in a matter of seconds unlike radiologists who can find the information daunting and make a wrong diagnosis.
5. A pacemaker to treat severe sleep apnea
Sleep apnea, the most common sleep disturbance, impacts millions of patients all over the world. This is the main cause of high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke. Though CPAP is the standard treatment, more than 40 percent of sleep apnea patients refuse to use it. A new innovation called neuro-modulation, which is like a pacemaker for poor sleepers made its way in 2018. The implant which is controlled by a wearable patch is worn during sleep time that stimulates the patient’s airwaves and helps to synchronize the intake of air with action on the tongue, using sensors. Clinical tests prove that this implant is more comfortable for patients, which will eventually replace 50 to 70 percent of patients using CPAP.