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Technological Innovations That Will Shape the Medical Industry in 2023 and Beyond

    Technology has, without a doubt, penetrated every domain of our life. From entertainment devices to state-of-the-art medical gadgets, innovations are everywhere.

    With developments in digital medical technologies, such as 3D printing, nanotechnology, AR/VR, robotics, and AI, today’s medicine is not the same as ten years ago, not even five years ago. The future is changing before our very eyes, but this should not be seen as something negative. Without advances like the ones mentioned above, identifying and treating particular medical conditions would not have been possible. Thus, healthcare practitioners and technology work in tandem to address the various diseases or conditions adequately and keep up with the overall changes society nowadays undergoes.

    It is not a dystopia – it is the technology that keeps evolving. It brought in medical gadgets, from pocket-size ultrasound devices to VR headsets capable of speeding up rehab healing and AI that can successfully replace heavy machines for spotting tumours.

    It may sound futuristic, but this is the technology that stands at the vanguard of medical assistance. To understand it better, here is a representative list of medical innovations that are going to shape the 2020s:

    Technological Innovations

    Drone-Delivered Medical Supplies

    Drones are nothing new under the sun, but drones that deliver medical supplies are not that usual. A trial program named Flight Forward conducted by UPS (United Parcel Service) made these inventions possible. The drones provided vital medical samples like tissue and blood between two divisions of a medical centre in Raleigh, NC. The branches are situated approximately 137 metres apart. The distance is not that long, as a fast-running individual could cover it in just the same time as the drones, but hospitals do not always dispose of fleet-footer runners to deliver critical medical supplies, so the drones, in this case, are the best solution. And as a matter of fact, the project succeeded and was further approved by the FAA. Thus, the company conducting the project is to expand to another 20 hospitals across the United States. Air deliveries are believed to become more common in the 2020s, and it is no wonder why: crucial medical samples and drugs are transported rapidly and efficiently.

    A Stem-Cell Cure for Diabetes

    Diabetes (type 1 and type 2) affects millions of people worldwide, not to mention that its treatment is not the friendliest. It implies a lifetime of insulin injections, cautious eating, and regular blood-glucose tests. Solutions are, without any doubt, needed, and stem cells are one of the most viable at the moment. Scientists believe that if they replace the beta cells that produce insulin with stem cells, treating diabetes would be more approachable. The ultimate goal is for people with diabetes to eat and drink just like healthy individuals who are not. Therefore, a new technology involving stem cells has been thoroughly tested in labs since 2014, and there is hope it will be made available in the 2020s. It is based on a small, implantable device containing millions of stem cells, allowing insulin and glucose to pass through but preventing immune cells from entering.

    Cancer-Diagnosing AI

    Cancer is an unforgiving disease, mainly because it is so challenging to diagnose. Lung cancer signs, for example, usually occur in the later stages, when the patient would have much fewer chances to heal. Cancer has long been discussed, and researchers are permanently looking for solutions to save people from such a cruel condition.

    CT scans, a cornerstone of modern radiology, are crucial for early, accurate diagnosis of various conditions, including many forms of cancer, due to their non-invasive, high-quality imaging capabilities. These advancements, particularly when integrated with AI, significantly improve patient outcomes by enabling personalized treatment plans and reducing the need for invasive procedures.

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a promising solution, as it can deliver more accurate diagnoses and minimise later health risks. The research chief of a Google Health team, Shravya Shetty, believes AI can take medicine far and detect cancer cases error-free. Human error is common, even in healthcare, but when a physician misdiagnoses, huge risks are involved. The life of a human being is at a stroke. So, ensure you visit doctors with years of experience and expertise in the field who also make use of advanced technology when giving a diagnosis. And if, in the worst of cases, you fall victim to medical negligence, make sure you take the proper steps. Filling a medical negligence comp claim in the UK implies several stages, so it would be best to hire a professional lawyer to help with the legal proceedings and further prove your case.

    Wristbands That Can Read Minds

    This might sound scary, but if we look at it from a medical perspective, we realise that it is more helpful than expected. These wristband devices are non-invasive neural interface platforms that allow individuals to wear them on their wrists. Physicians use such technologies to read the electrical impulses that travel a person’s motor neurons down their arm muscles to their hands. This is also known as electromyography and has become a real thing lately. CEO and co-founder of CTRL-Labs Thomas Reardon led the development of these devices. This innovation could unlock new forms of access and rehabilitation for patients with neurodegenerative conditions (including multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease) and those recovering from an amputation or stroke.

    3D Bioprinting of Human Tissue

    Some devices print 3D human tissue, such as nerve grafts, heart muscle patches, and even bones and organs. Technology is in such a development stage that patients now have the chance to replace some parts of their body with 3D-printed tissue made from their own cells. Thus, there is a perfect match and reduced risk of developing certain medical conditions after the transplant. In fact, physicians transplanted the first 3D-printed human ear in early June this year.

    The future is already happening.

    Technology plays a key role in taking medicine to the next level. Several innovations are already in operation, and more are expected to appear in future years.

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