It used to be that we relied on just staying away from the sick if we wanted to stay healthy. We ate everything we enjoyed and indulged every passion or whim with little thought for our health–that is, until it went pear-shaped. Then, the good old doctor was the one expected to put things right.
Not so now.
Nowadays, there is simply no excuse for over-indulging in anything to a point where it makes us ill or impaired. There is just no get-out; tech has seen to that. Now, we know what improves us and we know what makes us ill.
With a plethora of incredibly intuitive monitoring devices and countless pieces of health-conscious kit available freely and affordably, we can now be our very own health gurus–right in the comfort of our own living rooms.
Let’s look at just a handful of ways in which technology is keeping us healthy in 2020:
The first and foremost aspect of telemedicine is saving time. Just to consult a doctor, you need to pay them many visits. It will save the time you usually waste in traffic with a heavy workload of people or lines. The second is the processing, storage, and transmission of data about your health to the doctor immediately.
The third factor is the cost. Of course, the cost of a telemedicine consultation, if we are talking about an initial consultation, will be lower than the patient’s visit to the doctor for a scientific consultation.
The main plus of the telehealth is the ability to reach a distant rural area and provide remote consultations. It will allow more people to get help when needed even If specialists are not in a near distance.
Even 15 years ago, to take a blood test or an ECG, it was necessary to call the clinic, sign up, and to sit in line for some time on the appointed day. Now, thanks to smart gadgets, these actions can be performed anywhere: at home, at work or on vacation.
For this, not only wearable electronics, which collect data about the body, are used. Also, more serious devices aimed at treating and preventing certain diseases are designed. Here are some of them.
IT for Patients
The widespread use of electronic devices and innovations in medicine extends to various sensors that allow you to monitor the condition of patients. Sensors monitor and evaluate vital indicators, and then notify doctors and medical personnel in case of major changes. This allows doctors to quickly respond to emergency situations.
Moreover, telemedicine allows you to receive medical care online. According to Healthcare Weekly, technologies help to solve the problem of lack of medical services in remote regions. In addition, thanks to remote health monitoring and special devices, patients are able to independently monitor various indicators using mobile applications.
IT for Medical Organizations
The medical software can be used to control and record medicines and equipment used. For example, thanks to IT networks that store equipment data, healthcare providers can quickly find devices with a minimal workload. According to Orthogonal.io, doctors will be able to refer patients to the necessary clinics in order to avoid queues and to receive proper medical care.
In addition, monitoring equipment can be installed on the gadget, which will supervise the proper operation of the devices. In the event of a breakdown or poor-quality operation, the devices will be able to inform the staff themselves about the problems, which will help to quickly fix the problems. Here are just some glimpse of new techs used in modern clinics:
- Home Caretaker Gadgets
Startup Caretaker has developed a smart gadget whose task is to monitor the patient’s health after discharge from the hospital. The device is worn on the wrist and measures temperature, pressure, it also monitors the pulse, respiratory rate, and oxygen level in the blood.
The collected information is sent to the user’s smartphone, and from there, a special application transmits data to his attending physician. Thus, accurate measurements allow the patient to remain under the supervision of a doctor while completing rehabilitation at home.
- Smart Watches
Among the dozens of functions of smartwatches from Apple, there is also a determination of heart rate, rhythm disturbance, and even ECG. These features are especially useful for people with heart disease. As mentioned by Washington Post, Apple Watch in the background reads data on the heartbeat and can send a notification if its frequency suddenly increased or decreased for no apparent reason, or if the rhythm began to break.
The user can make an ECG by applying a finger to the bottom of the watch. Extended information about the heart rhythm is then transferred to the Health application, and if desired, it can be downloaded as a PDF file.
- Neural Networks and Disease Treatment
In recent years, the words “blockchain” and “neural networks” have been heard. Despite the fact that they are familiar to the majority in the financial and economic context, these technologies themselves are universal and are already finding their application in medicine.
Recognition by x-rays, scanned blood smears and other medical images allows you to identify pathologies 25% more often. According to Bioscience Today, given the self-learning of such a system, in the future, artificial intelligence will be able to accurately process all images. It will help to make an exact diagnosis, detect cancer or Parkinson’s disease at early stages, and avoid human errors.
- Medical Support Mobile Apps
We can no longer imagine life without gadgets. A person is more likely to forget his wallet or documents when leaving home, but never their phone. That is why the integration of all the functionality into phones and gadgets is not surprising at all.
Digital medicine has also linked the rapid growth of mobile phone applications and features. That is why there are more and more applications aimed at the diagnosis of body indicators.
- Artificial Intelligence on Guard of Your Health
The physician does not physically manage to check everything. Then artificial intelligence comes to the rescue.
According to Business Insider, AI allows to store large amounts of information (all data on diseases, all books) in order to be able to process the primary data of patients, and then rationalize it. Electronic archives, Internet devices, and a wide range of services favorably distinguish new healthcare enterprises, which are starting to win their place under the sun.
In Conclusion, Devices Can Make It Easy for Us to Stay Alert
The development of IT technology is driving habits and improving people’s quality of life. One of the areas where gadget penetration is having the greatest impact right now is healthcare.
In the past few years, the number of devices has been constantly growing, allowing users to monitor their health and even remotely receive qualified medical care. Many such devices facilitate the work of doctors.
Digital and distance medicine, in other words, telemedicine, is the key to our future. It needs to be developed while observing all the precautions, such as loss of privacy, the confidentiality of personal data. This excess can be completely avoided by directing the development of the medical industry in the necessary direction.