The way that we look after our health is constantly changing, with the latest technology now influencing healthcare services more than ever before.
From apps that can monitor anything like blood pressure to anxiety, to surgical simulations to help train surgeons, there is something for everyone.
Then, whether you are a patient or a healthcare professional, here are some of the most innovative healthcare technology advances that can help people to live with certain health conditions.
Mobile-Focused Ambulance Transportation
Technology is now allowing emergencies to be dealt with quicker and more smoothly than ever before due to the creation of mobile-focused ambulance transportation. For instance, companies such as Ambulanz now offer ambulance services that can be arranged and tracked from a mobile phone; this can allow people in need to call an ambulance EMT from any location and can ensure that their family and loved ones can track their progress toward the hospital at all times. This can then allow people to get medical care when and where they need it.
Many doctor’s surgeries are now deciding to offer appointments virtually, rather than simply in-person, and the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has only accelerated this digital transformation. Video conferencing software now allows doctors to connect with patients in the comfort of their own homes, meaning that those who live in rural areas, who are clinically vulnerable, or who have limited mobility can access the same level of healthcare as the rest of the population. Photos and videos can also be sent in replacement of a medical examination. There has also been a recent surge in clients using video calls for counseling and mental health services, which can be a better option for people suffering from mental health problems than phone calls or even face-to-face appointments.
Health and Fitness Wearables
For those who want to track their health and fitness, tech has allowed for the production of wearables to enable patients to monitor their own health at home. This can help keep patients out of the hospital and help them get onto the road to recovery. Not only this, but these wearables can be linked to a hospital system so that a medical team can be alerted if the patient in question begins to show signs of being unwell. This is also the case with healthcare apps, which can be used to measure someone’s heart rate and other vital signs, and through which a medical team can be contacted if necessary.
Virtual reality is also starting to be commonly used in healthcare. For instance, VR applications may soothe certain types of pain in patients through distraction techniques and reduce those in the hospital’s stress levels. Not only this, but it can help those who have PTSD and certain phobias by simulating triggering situations that can help them to overcome their symptoms. VR technology is also now being used to train surgeons and medical practitioners by simulating their work environments and even operations, ensuring they have experience before entering a real medical workplace.
Mobile-Focused ambulance transportation, video calling, health wearables, and virtual reality are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to innovation in the healthcare sector.
As society continues to grow at breakneck speeds, the speed of healthcare will grow exponentially to keep up with changing times.
Expect existing innovative tech to advance even further and be ready for technologies that you’ve only ever seen in science fiction. What an exciting time to be alive!