Technology impacts on every area of our lives with its transformative powers for good. We all know about driverless cars and the smart homes of the future that will probably be with us very soon, but how many of us have thought about the good it can have in the one area that will affect every person walking the planet, namely health?
While only some of us can drive and only some of us will want a fridge that can order our groceries for us when we are running low, everybody gets sick at some point and that means that at some point, technology is going to come into our lives when it comes to health care.
Want to know how? Here are four technologies that could change the way our health care is delivered.
Apps will diagnose our symptoms
When we are ill, the worst thing is not knowing what is wrong with us. That could all become a thing of the past thanks to. HealthTap offers a question and answer service where users can ask a pool consisting of thousands of doctors medical questions, allowing them to be diagnosed in effect over the phone. Thanks to television’s and his App, “Doctor Demand”, you can even engage in a video consultation with a doctor who can diagnose and even prescribe medicine for you.
Medical billing and coding will move remotely
Implantable drug delivery
Ever been given a course of medication but keep forgetting to take it at the right time? That issue could be a thing of the past with implantable drug delivery. Engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have been working on an implantable device with hundreds of tiny, sealable reservoirs that open at the correct time via a small electrical current and dispense drugs directly into our bloodstream. It could release doses for more than 10 years from a single chip, making it perfect for managing long-term conditions as well as for contraception.
Peer-to-peer support networks
The advent of social media has already enabled sufferers of certain disabilities to connect, support and advise each other from the other side of the world in ways we never imagined possible 15 years ago. Along with the giants such as Facebook and Twitter, there are several smaller social media platforms based around health itself which allow patients to discuss care and best practice, all the while driving standards up across the globe.