Even in the face of a deadly pandemic, technological advancements continue to boldly surge forward. The medical field is no exception, as the healthcare industry was pushed to adapt due to Covid-19.
Medical technology has come a long way in the past 20 years. With the increase in mobile internet users and an aging global population, the healthcare industry is changing rapidly to meet demands for new technology and more expansive care. With so many new advancements in medical technology, experts predict that over half of healthcare industry professionals will need to refresh their skills in the near future.
While healthcare professionals work around the clock to keep patients safe, innovators in tech have rolled up their sleeves to assist them. Whether you’re an established healthcare professional or searching for new medical jobs, it’s important to understand the latest technology and stay sharp in your industry. Let’s discuss some of 2021’s best medical tech innovations and how they can transform the healthcare industry.
During the pandemic, the use of telemedicine took a huge leap forward. With many wary to leave the house and hospitals at capacity, telemedicine has been extremely helpful for many Americans looking for advice on possible Covid symptoms or those seeking treatment for other illnesses without risking exposure.
Despite the slow of the pandemic, Telemedicine will not be ending its reign any time soon. Many hospitals and healthcare organizations are figuring out how to better integrate telehealth services into their physical practices to offer patients more options and to keep offices from crowding as we slow the spread.
2. Faster Care With 5G
As 5G becomes more readily available, its potential for use in the healthcare industry opens up as well. Some of the most cutting-edge tech requires a fast connection to make a difference. With 5G readily available in healthcare institutions, medical professionals can transmit patient data faster than ever before. Digital technology improves healthcare, and receiving real-time results at lighting-fast speed through 5G helps more patients more efficiently.
Experts predict the future is bright between the healthcare industry and 5G, looking forward to the eventual integration of both 5G and robotics.
3. Healthcare You Can Wear
It’s not just for the workout enthusiasts anymore! Much like a fitness armband tracks your vitals and transmits them to an app on your phone, the healthcare industry is harnessing this idea to create a specialized medical device.
A great example of this technology is the continuous glucose monitor (CGM) that is changing the lives of those with diabetes. The CGM can capture real-time data about your blood sugar levels and transmit data to you and your doctor.
4. Alexa For Doctors
Do you have an Alexa or Google Home device at your house? In the same way we tell Alexa to play our favorite album on Spotify, the healthcare industry is harnessing voice and ambient listening technology to help with medical treatment. A virtual medical assistant can help collect and transmit data as well as record and understand conversations between patients and doctors to better diagnose and treat patients in the future.
While this may sound like something Doctor McCoy used on Star Trek, tricorders are becoming a reality for patients in 2021. A new tricorder called DxtER can be used in the comfort of your own home with no medical training required. Using your medical data, DxtER can diagnose multiple potential health conditions from pneumonia to stroke.
When humans notice a pressing need, we will rise up to innovate. We saw this kind of innovative spirit in 2020 when healthcare professionals banded together to fight Covid-19, and we are seeing it now a year later as new medical technology is tested and used to save lives. The pandemic pushed healthcare into the future, and now it’s up to us to decide how we will use these new medical technologies to make the world a better place.