Funding will be utilized for expansion of clinical training simulations and virtual simulation technologies. WESTMINSTER, Colo. (PRWEB) January 16, 2020.
Which trend will transform healthcare?
Breakthroughs in healthcare that seemed to be science fiction just a couple of years ago are rapidly becoming reality — and can be expected to have an impact on medical meetings. Here are 6 technologies and their applications that will change healthcare:
- ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (AI) – Last November, Stanford researchers in a machine-learning (ML) lab announced that they had created a deep-learning algorithm that outperformed human radiologists at diagnosing pneumonia. (Deep learning is a form of ML that utilizes a model of computing based on the structure of the human brain.) In addition to diagnostic imaging, including spotting the spread of cancer, AI is being utilized to synthesize information published in scientific papers, manage patient flows in emergency rooms, and monitor patients remotely through wearable devices.
- 3D PRINTING – Already utilized to create low-cost prosthetics, implants, casts, and other medical devices, researchers are utilizing 3D printing to create blood vessels, bones, and other sophisticated biological material. Eventually, the technology will be utilized to manufacture everything from organs to medicine and medical equipment.
- DRONES – In 2016, the Rwandan government teamed up with the California-based organization Zipline to provide medical supplies via drone to hospitals, reducing what had been a four-hour cycle to an average of 30 minutes. Tanzania will begin utilizing Zipline’s services sometime in 2018.
- ROBOTICS – Robotic-assisted operations have become mainstream in many healthcare facilities, enabling surgeons to operate more precisely. Other use cases for robots relate to disinfecting hospital rooms to reduce the incidence of hospital-acquired infections.
- WEARABLES – Last November, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a pill with a sensor that sends a message to a wearable patch when the pill is ingested; the patch transmits a signal to a mobile app, so individuals can track medication on a smartphone. Wearable electrocardiogram monitors that monitor heart and respiratory rates are already available, and wearable devices for diabetes patients that constantly monitor glucose levels are being under development.
- VIRTUAL REALITY (VR) – Entertainment and gaming have been driving the initial adoption of VR, however, the deepest and most essential market for VR will be clinical care and health and wellness, according to Walter Greenleaf, a medical-product developer and visiting scholar at Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab. Virtual environments are now being utilized to treat stroke victims, as well as for physical and occupational therapy, pain management, telemedicine support, surgical training, and lots of other applications.