New technologies are impacting the everyday lives of people and every day technologies are developed as fast as lightning speed. The first and last thing that most people do every day is to look at their phones. This is a sign of how people are connected to technology.
New medical technologies have also impacted the field of medicine. Healthcare practitioners can now provide faster, more accurate patient care and cheaper medical services. It took a long while for the healthcare industry to move forward in technology development because of the complexity of the ecosystems involved in medical field. However, it has finally seen some huge and dramatic changes through technology.
Some Advanced Medical Technology Innovations
- Using microchips modelling clinical trials – In the past animals were used in clinical trials to test the safety and efficacy of treatment for human beings. With microchip modelling clinical trial, lives of numerous animals are spared. Microchips can reconstruct the complicated interface between capillaries and organs. Using microchips, scientists can now reconstruct organs like human lungs or human heart. They use complex systems of microchips to imitate body systems. These microchips closely resemble live tissues, cell types and produces realistic three-dimensional reactions happening in the human body.
- 3D printed biological materials – there is a wide range of uses for 3D printers today. However for medical purposes, these printers are exceptionally practical and in a few more years, after accurate application is developed, could really solve ongoing health issues. Embryonic stem cells have been successfully printed in laboratories which could later on be used to create cells that can be useful in testing drugs and assisting in the growth of new cells. Some companies have successfully printed blood vessels and cardiac tissues that actually beat like a true human heart. Printing cancer cells is a method of growing these cells on tissues in a laboratory to test drugs and hopefully find a cure.
- Hybrid Operating Rooms – This new innovation replaces the traditional operating room. It is outfitted with advanced medical technology to provide better and improved care delivery to patients and increases the skill-sets of medical practitioners as they administer treatment to patients. Patient’s trauma are lessened. There is less scars after operation and rehabilitation becomes faster. Advanced imaging technologies provide medical practitioners guidance in the procedure, as well as tools to perform high risk but less invasive procedures. Lots of successful heart, lungs and brain surgeries have been performed in hybrid operating rooms.