What Does the Future Hold for Medical Tech?

Updated on October 28, 2016

medical technology, robot technology, healthcare technologyMedical technology is continually evolving in order to provide doctors and medical staff with the advanced tools that they need to do their jobs better than ever. As a result of medical tech, patients are getting better, more personalized care at the doctor’s office, in the hospital, and everywhere in between. But what does the future hold for medical product design and medical technology with the help of innovative companies like DeviceLab? Keep reading to learn more.

A New Way to Conduct Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are necessary to determine if a new drug or medical treatment will be safe and effective for the entire human population, but these trials take many years and cost millions of dollars. New technology in the form of in silico clinical trials, however, could change all of that. These new clinical trials would utilize tiny microchips that would model human cells, physiological systems, or organs. Then, things like drugs could be tested without any limitations, making the trials run more smoothly, more quickly, and more accurately. 

Health Tracking Wearable Technology

Wearable technology has been getting more and more popular recently, and it is going to continue being a useful way to monitor patients closely. Manufacturers are working on improving the sensing abilities of these devices, thereby making them more effective at helping people who are at a higher risk of encountering medical problems because of chronic conditions. It is believed that these devices will continue getting smaller and less obtrusive, and they will someday be as common as your average smartphone.

E-Skin Technology, Tattoos, and Chips

Beyond your standard wearable device, medical technology is also moving towards digestible sensors that will operate much like an e-skin. Also, there are biometric tattoos that could transmit valuable health information in a discreet manner, and RFID chips could be implanted beneath the skin to serve as an ID for a patient.

All of this new technology has one goal: to monitor health parameters, as well as vital signs, at all times. These include a patient’s blood biomarkers, neurological symptoms, body temperature, and more. This data can then be transmitted 24/7 to a cloud, and alerts can be sent to medical teams who can help during an emergency. These devices can even call the ambulance for you as soon as you need assistance. 

Robot Technology to Help Patients

Robots are developing quickly in a variety of fields, including in the world of medicine. It is believed that elderly patients, in particular, can get extra care with the help of robot assistants that can work in hospitals and nursing homes. These robots can help with everything from performing basic procedures, to helping to move patients.

These are just a few of the many medical advancements that are happening right now in the world of medical technology. Perhaps you already know someone who has been able to take advantage of this technology, or who would benefit from these advancements once they become commonplace. Either way, it is definitely exciting to see where the world of medical tech is taking everyone.

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