Technology and the Future of the Medical Industry

Each day we wake up to the news of more technological advancements in every area of life. The world is evolving at such a rapid pace. Undoubtedly, something can be new today and obsolete within months. The same is true when it comes to the healthcare industry.

What we thought was science fiction in the 90s is possible today or is in the process of development. The future of medicine is shaping up right before our eyes. The use of nano-bots, 3D printing, AR/VR and digital technologies is taking things to a new level.

Therefore, thought leaders, governments and healthcare professionals need to keep up with technology. This will help the industry ethically adopt technologies.

Addressing Fears and Misconceptions

Some novelists and conspiracy theorists have seen certain technologies as a threat to our way of life. This has made many people fear that one day they could walk into a hospital to find robot doctors and nurses. There’s also the fear that artificial intelligence will run the world in a few years. Some people also have superstitions concerning vaccinations and genetic testing.

However, most of these beliefs are based on fantasy, fake news and outright lies. To put it more politely, these are merely divergent theories on the real future of healthcare. One thing such opinions present is the fear of the unknown and the constant uncertainty of human existence.

Change remains a constant, no matter how resistant we are to technology. We can’t stop these advancements. Soon they will be part of our lives. Our best hope lies in finding an ethical approach to the way we adapt them to the healthcare system. Healthcare providers also need to open their minds so they can adjust to these changes at a rapid pace.

Technology is the Only Way Forward

Technology can improve healthcare and enhance our lives. Just think of how many people died before something we take for granted was discovered, such as penicillin. Or, how many lives were lost to staph infection before Florence Nightingale’s notes on nursing. Life would be harder if healthcare providers ignored such innovations.

However, we need to stay ahead of technology or at least keep up with it. Some of the results that could be achieved with such an approach include the following.

Provide More Effective and Affordable Solutions

The use of technologies such as nano-bots can make surgery less invasive, effectively reducing the risk of staph infections and related complications. Artificial intelligence is also in use in many countries where it makes scheduling appointments and diagnoses easier for healthcare professionals.

Lower Costs

The use of digital records can eliminate the bureaucracy that is involved in certain processes. It can reduce the time it takes healthcare facilities to receive payment from insurance claims. This can free up more funds and help the facilities cater to more clients.

Better Diagnostics

The use of technologies such as wearable devices has improved the way doctors can monitor their patient’s vitals. Such devices can collect crucial data, and store and transmit it over a long period. Such information has enabled many doctors to make better diagnostics because of the perspective they are afforded.

Improved Disease Control

Digital databases have allowed various countries in the world to monitor illnesses and their symptoms over expansive populations. With such information, it becomes easier to mobilize researchers, doctors and other medical practitioners to fight the spread of the disease.