7 Innovations in Technology that can Improve Healthcare

With the current situations of the new President-elect Trump and the U.S. healthcare system, the hope of improving healthcare also includes the technological innovation. As 2016 shaped up as one of the biggest years of technology in health care, you can now find medical devices changes in healthcare administration and software for a care and financial perspective.

Here’s how seven innovations in technology can improve healthcare.

Robotic Nurse Assistance

Every year, more and more nurses are injured from lifting or moving heavy patients. The problem is quite common as many are not strong enough to carry a patient after these occurrences. Developed by RIBA, there are various forms of a full robot to help assist patients. RIBA’s first robot can lift up and set down patients to or from a bed or wheelchair. The Robot was developed with control, information processing, sensor and basic design technologies.

Advanced Prosthetics

DARPA has continued to search for new ways to enable wounded individuals with amputations to control state-of-the-art prosthetic limbs. The primary goal is to assist people in returning to duty and improve their overall quality of life. The major challenge lies in the interface that is directed to the nervous system to make a fast connection.

Artificial Retina

According to the U.S., a person who is legally blind has a central vision grade of 20/200. This means that the individual loses peripheral vision. Over an estimated of 1 million inhabitants, today are considered legally blind in the United States alone.

As a result, a result companies like Nano-Retina have developed a solution to restoring the sight of those with lost vision due to retinal degenerative diseases. The NR600 Implant is a mini Nano Retina device that will replace the function of damaged photoreceptor cells. This also creates the electrical stimulation to activate the healthy cells in the retina. The device consists of two components: a set of eyeglasses worn by patients.

Remote Patient Monitor Programs

Monitoring programs can collect a broad range of data that includes vital signs, blood sugar, blood pressure, blood oxygen levels, electrocardiograms, and heart rate. The data transmits to the health physician in facilities such as hospitals, intensive care units, and primary care settings.

Health professionals will be able to monitor patients remotely and act on the data received as part of the treatment plan. These monitoring programs will help achieve the goal of improving the outcome and access to care of the patients. This program will contribute to making health care costs more effective.

Anti-Aging Pills

Whether you want to live longer or only look younger, 2016 was about developing anti-aging drugs that entered trails to see how effective anti-aging drugs to help Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s in the future. While the answer to anti-aging may seem far, researchers have already found results that diabetes drug, metformin, can extend the life of animals.

If successful, this could extend lifespans and bring in an era of “geroscience” where physicians will be able to treat the underlying mechanism to diabetes, cancer, and dementia. Scientists from multiple institutions are raising funds and participants who are in risk of dementia, heart disease, and cancer. The studies are in hopes of showing the slow growth of aging with the drugs.

Light that can kill and disinfect bacteria

Hospitals are known to be the most dangerous place to exposure from various elements and diseases. However, Indigo-Clean, a company has created a particular technology that uses visible light to disinfect the environment and prevent efforts of infect.

The light will reflect off the walls and surfaces that penetrate harmful micro-organisms. The light penetrates the natural targets that exist inside bacteria. It is then absorbed to create a chemical reaction within the cell and inactivate the bacteria.

Electronic Undergarments to Prevent Bed Sores

Elder seniors or those who are bed-ridden have suffered from complications due to bed sores. This is terribly unfortunate as many of the cases could have been prevented. When patients remain motionless for days to months, they start to develop painful wounds due to the lack of blood flow circulation.

The Canadian company of Project SMART developed the electric underpants that continues a tiny electric charge every ten minutes to give the effect of the patient moving on their own. This will activate muscles and increase circulation – ultimately preventing bed sores.

Which one do these seven innovations you find most interesting? Comment below and let us know what you think!

Infographic by: BBC

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