…..Rapid technological development has changed the world more than ever over the last thirty years, and advancements only seem to be picking up steam. One of the biggest beneficiaries of tech development is the Medical industry, as doctors and patients alike learn to rely on new software, improved machinery, and the Internet for quicker and more efficient diagnosis and treatment. Healthcare markets are often packed with competition – so practices that fail to keep up with the times are in danger of losing out to modernized competitors. With that in mind, following is a quick list of five tech trends that are expected to revolutionize Medicine in 2020.
- Extended Reality – While Extended Reality (ER) is mostly recognized for its obvious improvements to the entertainment industry – there are far more important uses for it in Medicine. ER is useful as a tool for training, education, and simulating surgical procedures, and has even been used to help people with visual problems, depression, autism, and cancer. It has already been proven an important addition to medical practices everywhere, despite ER integration still being in its infancy – so one can expect ER to be used more and more as time goes on.
- 3D Printers – 3D Printing does for Medicine what it does for just about any other industry. It does wonders for prototyping procedures and expands options when it comes to customization and manufacturing. 3D printers can make prosthetics, tissues, patient-specific organs for transplant and surgical practice, and even specialized devices and tools at a very affordable cost.
- Genomic Medicine – Genomic Medicine is a new discipline that relies on information about a person’s genes in order to care for them. Computers have been aiding genomics by analyzing genes (including conditions that cause health problems) of specific patients at a much faster rate than humans can. This is a huge step in making medical treatment a more personalized experience that should improve the rate at which individuals are treated successfully.
- Wearable Technologies – Pedometers are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to wearable tech. Possibilities include having the ability to monitor things like blood pressure, heart rhythms, body temperature, and much more. By being able to monitor their own bio-metrics, patients can be more proactive with their health as well as be more aware of their own condition.
- 5G – There will be an improved ability to provide medical services in far-flung areas through the use of 5G networks. This will allow for a faster network that can be useful for transmitting large files and images, accessing cloud storage, using artificial intelligence, and anything that requires an Internet connection to work. 5G will greatly increase the ability of doctors to give effective and modernized medical services to places that, in the past, were too remote to access – giving people out there a better chance at proper diagnosis and treatment.
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