Posted October 7, 2015
Technology continually is changing the world as we know it. Over the years, new technology has made our daily activities easier. It’s also been incorporated into diagnostic tools to help identify medical issues quickly. For example, consider five ways technology is improving medical care:
- Body sensors – New wearable body sensors soon will reduce the amount of time doctors and nurses spend monitoring patients’ blood pressure, temperature and heart rate during inpatient hospital care or outpatient procedures.
- 3-D surgical tools – A new surgical tool, called the Chimaera, is being developed to provide 3-D internal body images. It projects a picture onto a screen in the surgical room, providing the location of organs, blood vessels and nerves to avoid accidents during surgical procedures.
- Medical armbands – New wearable smart bands are being developed to monitor individuals’ pre-existing conditions. Soon health care professionals will be able to monitor patients in their homes. The bands will track cholesterol, diabetes and blood pressure levels, then send this information directly to the physician’s office.
- Memory loss assistance – Researchers have developed a new tool to assist people with memory loss by tracking daily activities. It can be used online or downloaded as a smartphone app. If the wearer’s established tasks are not completed, caregivers are notified.
- Glucose meter – Diabetics now can check glucose levels using a smart meter. When the device is plugged into a smartphone, the statistics are recorded and a chart created to identify glucose levels. The information can be sent directly to a doctor’s office.
Learn more on how technology advancements are changing health care by reading this article.