Health care has always been a major stake in our global History. In 2015, challenges have never been so many. All around the world the health care industry needs to take drastic change measures. Even though technology may not (yet) have the solution for major issues like the recent Ebola epidemic, it brings up some reassuring hopes for the future. From wearables to smart textiles, nanotechnology and data collection, technology and science merge for enhanced healthcare perspectives. Here is a selection of the major upcoming trends that should help to reinvent how we take care of one another.
Thanks to technology, we can use innovative tools and benefit from incentive systems to promote a more proactive model of health. We can better track, watch and analyse our behaviours. By learning to better understand our bodies, we are encouraged to make healthier lifestyle choices. Advanced sensors and algorithms provide deeper insights and personalized coaching. A healthier population, less reliant on the resources provided by the broader healthcare system, results from health care technologies paired with incentive game mechanics offered by insurance companies, employers and providers.
Through DIY diagnosis and data collection, consumers are encouraged to take a more central role in determining when they interact with the health care system. More importantly how their care is delivered. Patients are empowered with technologies and take part in social communities, enabling them to gather valuable advice or self-diagnose before they do visit a medical professional. These innovations better prepare patients to collaborate with their doctors, and can be further supported by guidance around individual treatment plans to ensure optimal outcomes.
WEARABLE DIGITAL HEALTH
New tech, social platforms and data systems are used by health care providers to streamline the way information is scattered and accessed to deliver a more personalized and distributed model of care. Remote house calls allow to supplement in-person checkups by allowing patients to remotely connect with health care providers for instant advice and care. Thanks to Cloud-powered medical records, the communication between doctors, patients and different medical personnel has been eased, breaking down communications between providers, streamlining the way patient data and records are accessed & shared. Ensuring that pertinent records, treatment plans and face-to-face guidance is readily accessible, cutting down inefficiencies and mistakes. Finally, Niche networks connect doctors, physicians to their peers, offering a way to share medical research and treatment advice.
Medical tools are being upgraded. Some doctors now use high tech visualization instruments, imperceptible embedded vital monitors and 3D-printing, to improve the level of care that can be provided to patients. Embedded sensors helps patients being diagnosed and tracked. Inside examination and operating rooms, augmented reality and holographic projections allow medical professional to offer less invasive & more effective treatments. When 3D-printing enables medical technicians to produce cost-effective prosthetics & implants, which can be tailored to individual patients, ensuring grater comfort, and functionality & speed recovery times.
Creating green and clean medical fabrics for medical application has become even more complex and challenging. Fashion isn’t quite often mentioned in the same sentence as medical technology, but baby monitor wearables are just one type of garment under consideration in the emerging smart fabrics industry, a market that has not yet stopped being talked about.
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