Eating well, and exercise are crucial parts of staying as healthy as possible for as long as we can. However, through accident or illness, it is likely that we need help from the healthcare profession at some point. The good news is that there are some amazing developments in this area that can not only make taking care of your health easier but could be life-changing as well. Read on to find out what they are.
Video Doctors Appointments
What if you didn’t have to go to your doctor’s surgery to attend an appointment? What if you could log on through an app and get a face to face consultation either immediately or at the time of your choosing?
How about video calling your doctor instead of going to the surgery?
Well, that is precisely what is happening in health care right now with both funded and private GP services and psychology. That means more help instantly when you need it, as well as less time needing to be taken off work, to tend to your health, something that has the potential to change the face of healthcare as we know it.
Wireless Medical Devices
Next, what doctors most need when they are treating a patient is information. Something that often now being collected via the use of wireless and internet connected medical devices. These being items that can be worn by the patient and feedback critical info that can make treating and managing their condition much more manageable.
However, while this is most definitely as a positive development, it also needs to be appropriately managed in a security sense, as well. The reason being that use of such equipment could also lead to an increase in hacking medical devices as well, something that could potentially put the patient in danger, and negatively affect their health, rather than helping it.
VR and AR
VR and AR both have some fantastic potential in the healthcare field. One use is to train nurses and doctors, so they have experience without having to practice on patients and put them at risk of mistakes.
Alternatively, some VR units are being trialed as a way of distracting patients from difficult procedures which they need to be conscious for. This being a development that has applications for all sort of treatments from operations, all the way down to giving shots and taking blood for those that are needle phobic.
Currently, we think of 3D printers as glorified extrusion machines that just pump out plastic models of things. However, the application of this technology within healthcare could completely revolutionary the field.
This is because instead of needing biological material from the patient or a donor for transplant operations, we may be able to get to the point where the organs can be printed, something that would save and improve countless lives.
In fact, even now, there are numerous applications for 3D printing systems within the medical world, both in creating stronger, yet lighter supports and casts for bone breaks, and even in customizing prosthetic limbs, so they fit better to the person that needs them. Something that can make them much more comfortable and usable, and so can revolutionize that individual’s life.