• 20May

    Four Ways That Technology That is Revolutionizing Healthcare

    The technological and digital revolution has changed our lives in countless ways over the past decade or so. The way we watch a movie, chat to our friends or do our weekly shopping has all changed beyond recognition. Yet alongside these handy innovations, there are more serious applications of technology in the medical and healthcare sector that are having a far more profound effect on lives. Let’s take a look at some examples.

    Medical alert

    Emergency alert services for those in assisted living have been around for a few years, but the latest medical alert systems are far more effective than anything that has come before in providing a safety net to those who want to remain independent for longer. Today’s systems use the Internet of Things and wearable technology to provide protection wherever the user goes, both in and out of the house.

    dentistNeedle free diabetic care

    It might sound like something from the Star Trek sick bay, but the technology is finally here to relieve sufferers of diabetes from the daily pain and inconvenience of injections.

    Insulin pumps and glucose monitors help to automate the daily routine of managing blood sugar levels, while a Philadelphia-based research company is in the final stages of developing a sensor that can read blood analytes via a patch applied to the skin.

    The e-aspirin

    Most aspects of our daily lives have an electronic alternative, so  why not the good old aspirin? The most severe headaches are associated with a nerve bundle called the sphenopalatine ganglion (SPG). The electronic aspirin is a tiny implant that the patient can then remotely trigger, using a device similar to a TV remote controller, to block SPG signals at the first onset of a headache.

    The implant stimulates the SPG nerves, which has the effect of blocking the neurotransmitters that cause pain.

    Reducing invasive biopsies

    Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer, and till recently, the only way of checking moles on the skin was through biopsies.

    Today, dermatologists can use a hand-held optical scanner to provide additional information, which helps them decide whether a biopsy is really necessary. The technology has dramatically reduced the number of patients who have to go through the discomfort and scarring of an unnecessary biopsy.

    Using technology to alter lives

    It is easy to dismiss digital innovation as being all about frivolous toys and leisure pursuits, but these examples show just how serious the applications of modern technology can be in improving and even saving thousands of lives.

    Anna L.

    It’s all about health!
    I have academic background in drugs related Chemical Technology, as well as extensive professional experience in pharma and medical companies. My main area of interest is everyday life medicine. The goal of my articles is to give people informative answers to the questions that bother them, to dispel doubts and some common misbeliefs and also to inspire everyone to keep healthy lifestyle.

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