Healthcare Technology Trends-Technology and healthcare have always been inextricably linked. Even more so than industry or exploration, human need has driven advancements in technology throughout the decades.
That will continue to be the case this year. As the world’s elderly population steadily climbs, major developments in healthcare technology can’t come soon enough. Here are seven trends in healthcare technology that are shaping the future of healthcare.
1. Patient monitoring systems
One of the most important advancements in recent years is patient monitoring systems like The Allure Group’s EarlySense. EarlySense, first introduced by Allure in 2017, uses sensors and advanced algorithms to monitor and analyse cardiac, respiratory, and motion parameters in patients to assist clinicians in the early detection of distress.
In the first six months alone, the EarlySense system showed results in line with those that had been seen elsewhere — a 45% reduction in patient falls, a 60% reduction in bedsores, and an 80% reduction in code-blue events. Along with that is the time-saving component — the manner in which healthcare professionals can, in effect, be in two places at once. That is crucial, given staffing shortages and the increasing number of elderly patients.
2. Robotics for healing
Another major step forward in the healthcare industry is the use of robotics to assist with patient recovery. Robotic devices and therapies have already shown tremendous promise in their power to help patients recover from trauma such as surgery or stroke, and more applications are emerging every day.
The Allure Group remains at the forefront of implementing such cutting-edge technologies in its facilities. From robotic devices that work to restore motor skills such as the Armeo Spring and the H200, to innovative physical therapy tools like the Lokomat and the AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill, Allure is committed to the continuous discovery and realisation of robotics to better serve our community of patients.
3. Companion robots
While rehabilitation might be the most commonly thought of application for robotics in healthcare, this developing technology offers other benefits as well. Social isolation and loneliness remain as major challenges facing our ageing population today, both of which increase the risk for mental and physical ailments.
Support robots, already in use in countries such as Germany and Japan, can perform important tasks like keeping track of medicine intake, providing wake-up calls, and transporting food. Along with these practical tasks, support robots can provide a sense of companionship and engagement through the use of memory games, and in the near future we can expect to see the implementation of support robots in daily tasks and household chores as well.