Technology has changed the way we do things worldwide and made our lives simpler and more interesting. It has also led to crucial advancements in the healthcare industry and changed the way diagnosis, treatment, and research is carried out to date. For instance, it has enabled clinicians to restore major human organ functions or even completely replace them. A perfect example of this are Nano filters which may soon replace the hectic procedure of dialysis.

There is also the possibility through research to use stem cells for organ transplants in the future. In the recent past, medical researchers have proved that heart transplants can be possible by growing the human heart from stem cells. Medical healthcare professionals such as Novarad are now innovating non-invasive methods of treatment by the use of X-rays and laser technology.

To many, growing human organs in Petri dishes and test tubes will sound surreal. However, it is happening and will be the order of the day in the near future thanks to technology.

Here are some technological innovations in the medical world that will take the world by storm:

Recreational Cyborgs

There are already examples of famous cyborgs in real life. The creatures will not only be in Sci-Fi movies, but they will form a populace in coming years thanks to technology. A new generation of hipsters has created the Cyborg-craze who implant technologies and devices in their bodies just for a cool look.

Medical technological advances will also create superhumans who can have the eyesight of an eagle or the hearing abilities of a bat. Technology has enabled the human physical disadvantages repair such as impaired hearing or sight. A patient who is wearing artificial pacemakers or defibrillators can also be grouped as a cyborg. In the future, there is the possibility of having healthy people asking for certain device implantation.

Holographic data input

As data input solutions continue to advance, we may not require hardware to input data on a PC or laptop. Keyboards and screens will be projected to a surface like a wall or a table which will improve accessibility in the clinical setting. Virtual and holographic keyboards will make us forget about tablets and smartphones. We will only need small projector as the data collected, and input will exclusively be stored in the cloud.

An Arsenal of Home Diagnostics

Some technologies were for centuries only accessible at the clinician’s office. However, healthcare will be brought right to our very homes by technology. This is possible as portable ultrasounds and ECG devices will soon be available to the general public. Doing ECG’s at the doctor’s office and now doing them at home are two different things. Technology has enabled patients to save time and resources as they don’t have to visit a doctor to access some medical services physically. Smart algorithms have made it easier for patients with heart conditions to monitor their cardiac physiology at the comfort of their very homes.

Better Quality of Life

Technology has enabled paralyzed patients to stand and walk again with the use of an exoskeleton. Limb prosthesis has allowed patients who have lost limbs and especially brave soldiers fighting for their country abroad, walk again and have a healthy life. Affordable exoskeletons are proof that technology is improving the quality of people’s lives and offering a decent shot at life for everyone.

Patients with diabetic conditions can also hope for an artificial pancreas which will seamlessly maintain their blood sugar levels.

 Genetic Engineering and Editing

We are now in the golden age of genome editing with personal and human genome projects. All these efforts are now channeled in the right direction by the Precision Medicine Initiative. CRISPR, a new technology in gene editing techniques, is now transforming everything in the world of genetic engineering. CRISPR can cut out undesirable traits out of the DNA or even add a desirable feature in animal DNA. The technology is offering great help to cure diseases that were previously incurable such as the Huntington’s disease.

 

by: Sia Hasan