As we evolve more rooted into the networked age, the world of medicine is increasingly changing by technology and robotics, enabling a bright new future for the healthcare industry.
With health conditions like strokes and heart attacks being largely vascular, a better understanding of diseases can make them more predictable and preventable. Accidents are likely to fall as technologists are coming with driverless cars and robot workers for risky tasks.
The rise of personalized medicine further will mean healthcare population moving from hospitals to home-spitals. Well, who needs a hospital when you can actually treat conditions from the comfort of your home?
Hospitals may eventually disappear!
In the next few decades, the healthcare industry will have a different picture altogether. Instead of a ward filled with patients, hospital beds will be dedicated to ones who need immediate diagnosis and treatment.
With the growing level of health monitoring devices, doctors’ visits will continue to decline, and they’ll acquire the patient’s medical data from their smartphone. Not just this, enhancement in scanning technology will one day create a device that combines magnetic resonance, spectroscopy, and radiation; means you will only need one scan and no biopsy.
Surgery from the inside out!
The future healthcare trend also points to less intrusive and more automated surgeries. Microbots will address serious pathologies for clots and tumours from inside your body. No need for surgeons wielding scalpels, when tiny robotic endovascular catheters will be widespread in a few minutes.
The wait for an organ donor will soon be over too. Artificial organs, bones, ligaments and tissues, will be biologically 3D-printed. Instead of receiving prescriptions from your doctor, soon your mobile device will give you a custom set of pharmaceuticals and probiotics to address the root of your medical condition. The lab test will also be done in real-time, and the need to visit a clinic for blood or urine sample will be a thing of the past.
In a Nutshell
Sounds crazy? Think again. Most of these technologies are either there, or in development. Doctors nowadays are pushing hard to integrate digital technologies into their field and also going back into training to master endovascular techniques. Now, what’s next? Not the hospital but the home-spital.
Though there are still a lot of things the healthcare industry needs to adapt to stay apace with innovation; for instance, funding for research, an enabling regulatory environment, etc. But, one thing is sure — predictions for the healthcare sector will only set us on the path to advancement and radical change. And so, let’s dream a little.