We have traversed our way to the digital age. The pot has been brewing for quite some time but it is now at a rolling boil. Technology is all around us and it continues to grow and develop. We are in the age of self-driving cars and artificial intelligence. Robots are evolving into mindful machines that have the ability to do more than we could have imagined 15 years ago. Soon, if you don’t already have one, you will be able to hop into your autonomous vehicle and it will take you to your destination while you eat breakfast and sip on your coffee.
The healthcare industry is experiencing this same advancement in technology and it could become very beneficial to everyone involved. Technology advancements are great for patients and doctors, ensuring top-notch quality and care for the injured or sick by taking most of the human error out of the process. Doctors are remarkable at what they do, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t slip ups from time to time. Technology can reduce those slip ups by a large margin and guarantee that the patient makes a quick and speedy recovery.
We are going to take a look at some of the newest and most beneficial technology in the healthcare industry today.
Augmented reality could be a huge step in advancing the education of our doctors. Without even having to open up a cadaver, medical students could take a tour of the body just as though it were right in front of them. This video shows the amazing possibilities that come with this technology.
Not only is AR really cool, but it offers many more learning opportunities for students. One of the hardest parts for a surgeon in training is transitioning from a 2D model to preforming live surgeries on real patients. AR can give students a 3D model that gives them endless learning opportunities and an easier transition into the OR.
Human Head Transplant
This may be a little controversial to some people, as it struck me the same way, but this procedure has actually become a possibility. According to referral md, Dr. Sergio Canavero plans to attempt a head transplant for the first time ever. The hardest thing about this process, although to me everything about this seems complicated, is attaching the spinal cord to the donor’s body. Thanks to major advancements in this department, there has been a special bio-compatible glue that will help the spinal cord fuse together with the body. After the procedure is done the patient will be put into a drug-induced coma for about a month in order for the wounds to heal.
Dr. Canavero believes that he has the technology to complete this seemingly impossible task. With 36 hours and the help of 150 medical professionals, he believes that there is a 90% chance that the patient will be up and walking within a few months of the surgery. It is mind blowing that there is technology that exists that makes this procedure possible.
Pepper is a robot created by Aldebaran Robotics and SoftBank that is designed to read the emotion of other people. This video shows the amazing capabilities that Pepper has to be able to carry on a conversation. Pepper will work in the healthcare industry, most likely with elderly patients, to provide them with a companion that they can talk to while assessing their emotional needs and wants.
Surgical robots are another great technological innovation making their appearance in the healthcare industry. The da Vinci Si is the most advanced and well-known surgical robot in the world. Its four arms help it to provide a multitude of capabilities for the doctors using it. Three of the arms have instruments mounted on it that give the surgeon a greater range of motion and the ability to make precise movements. This comes in handy when the surgeon is creating a tiny incision or attempting to suture and tie the knot. (not marriage) The fourth arm holds a 3-D high-definition camera. This camera gives the surgeon amazing visibility throughout the entire surgery because of its magnified view and flawlessly accurate depth perception.
Technology is saving lives every day. It is assisting doctors in healing patients and helping them recover more quickly. Not only that, it is helping to train our doctors of tomorrow in a more thorough and beneficial way. It is amazing how advantageous technology is to the healthcare industry. As humans continue to advance it, healthcare will continue to improve.