Disruptive Technologies that Could Flatten the Curve with Remote Healthcare and More
2020-03-25 | Future Market Insights | Healthcare
In an age where technology has come to be the only means of reaching effective solutions, the healthcare industry is undergoing its own reinvention. Over the years, the healthcare systems have seen everything from electronic data records of patients to wearable technologies for tracking. This industry has been the first to adapt and show what inventions can do in bettering the sick. In trying times of a pandemic, it is essential to see what some of the key disruptive technologies can do in in the future to alert healthcare systems of an impending crisis.
Smart Pills for Efficient Patient Tracking and Monitoring
Smart pills are essentially aiding the way gastrointestinal (GI) diseases are being treated and management. These pills are primarily designed to alert the physician of any anomaly and assist the patient with timely reminders for medicines, their expiry, and quick intervention if required. Imagine the scope of smart pill technologies if they are to alert healthcare systems of a sudden spike in flu symptoms, fevers, and chills. It would enable faster tracking of diseases and quicker response time to prevent escalation.
Realising the Power of Telemedicine in an Epidemic
The biggest achievement for disruptive technologies in healthcare are telehealth software and services and it is especially true during the current times as the world reels under the pressure of fighting Covid-19. Today, telehealth services are being flood with self-quarantined patients through online services to avoid hospital-acquired infections. Patients can contact doctors through videos, which is the best possible solution of our time. However, the complexity of high number of uninsured and the growing stress on the state are likely to impact the expansion of telehealth services. Despite that, the telemedicine industry must pat itself for the marvellous job it has done over the years, which is likely to restructure the way we seek healthcare.
3D Printing Solutions to Save Lives
A lot has been studied and written about 3D printing being a disruptive technology changing the healthcare industry. However, Covid-19 put it to test as Italy continues to grapple with pandemic with shortage of ventilators to save lives. Key car manufacturers such as Volkswagen, Ford, Ferrari, Nissan, and General Motors are gearing up for production of ventilators by exploring 3D printing options. Not only is this an option of automakers to serve the larger good but also to test turn this crisis into a viable opportunity.
The list of technological innovations in the healthcare industry goes beyond this. However, the aforementioned examples how the potential of technology in changing the course of human life for better is truly limitless.