Healthcare Delivery-Since the turn of the century, we’ve had a rapid stream of innovations coming up in the healthcare sector. In just 20 years, breakthrough healthcare technologies have shaken the status quo, forever changing how health practitioners provide care for their patients.
Let’s look back at some of the most notable healthcare technologies of our century:
Human Genome Project (Big Data)
The first draft of the ‘book of life’ was completed in 2003. A work of genius combined with advanced computing solutions. Mapping out the entire human genome has enabled novel diagnostic and treatment regimens that help predict disease even before it occurs.
Stem cell research
Stem cells can are pluripotent. This means they are capable of growing into any type of tissue. This has enabled doctors to treat rare forms of cancer and paves the way for organ replacement research.
Major open surgeries can now be performed with small incisions that heal quickly and allow the patient to return home in as little as 1 to 3 days after the operation.
Smart prosthetic limbs that are powered by clever computer technology have helped thousands of people regain their independence after losing their limbs.
Electronic health records
The move from paper-based medical records has not only saved the time of practitioners but also countless lives of patients. Doctors have been able to access life-saving information faster and dedicate more time to manage their patients.
The da Vinci Si, an advanced computer-assisted surgical system, helps surgeons perform minimally invasive surgery that causes less scarring, as well as provides a better prognosis. To perform surgery with this machine, both the doctor and the patient have to be in the same hospital. It’s not yet possible to perform remote surgeries.
Using complex computer software and advanced medical imaging, doctors are now able to study the mind when it’s at work. They can track subtle chemical changes in real-time as you think or perform a task. This has expanded our knowledge of how the human brain functions.
Looking forward to the next 10 years, many new and exciting advancements are in the works. A lot of them build on what has already been achieved while others are absolute pattern disrupters.