It seems that even if you buy the latest technology, it’s highly likely that it’ll be outdated within a few years. That’s because there is a whole industry trying to improve the technology on offer. Whether it’s a television with a better display, a car that’s more fuel efficient or even a mobile phone that has even more functionality, there will always be a newer model with new features being developed.
For most industries, the main aim is to try to get you to part with your cash for a newer model. However, in the health industry, these developments are far more important as they could end up improving people’s health and even save people’s lives. With that in mind, here are some of the biggest technological developments helping to improve people’s health in 2021.
Better Ways to Carry Out Procedures
Technology continues to be an increasingly important part of any hospital ward. Whether it’s a ventilator to help you breathe, a defibrillator to deliver a dose of electric current to restart a heart or simply just sensors to monitor a patient’s vital signs, these examples of technology save thousands of lives around the world every day.
Technology is even improving the treatments on offer to help cure different illnesses and conditions. One great example of this is the laser technology on offer to help treat problems like kidney stones. Many doctors will now use a thulium fiber laser to help vaporize these stones. The main benefit of this new technology is the speed of the procedure, which means more patients can be seen daily. The technology also reduces the side effects caused by more traditional methods, decreasing the recovery time which often means the patient can be back home within 24 hours of the procedure.
New Ways to Keep Fit
As well as treating illnesses, technology is helping many people improve their overall health. This includes helping people stay fit and encouraging people to exercise regularly. As well as helping people keep at a healthy weight, exercise is also important to keep your vital organs working at their best and also reduce the chance of chronic aches and pains.
Previously if you wanted to exercise, you’d need to visit a gym, a leisure center or go for a run. Nowadays you can simply download an app to either help you plan a workout or give you an exercise video to follow. There are even devices like smartwatches that can help you track improvements to your fitness, for example, how much faster or further you are now able to run.
Track and Trace for COVID-19
One of the biggest way technology has helped people keep safe this year is tracking whether someone has been in contact with another person who has tested positive for COVID-19.
Many countries, including Great Britain, have launched apps that instruct people to self-isolate for a number of days if their phone has recognized that they have spent a period of time in close proximity to someone who has since tested positive. It’s hoped this technology will help reduce the spread of the virus until enough doses of the vaccine have been given out to the most vulnerable in society.