The Future of Medicine

While some might say that the ‘Frankenstein’ movie tells a fictitious and far-futuristic feat in the field of medicine, it is of no question that this era has unveiled some medical revolutions, paving for an even more amazing and possibly miraculous era for the industry of health care. Here are two of the biggest innovations being cast as main actors in the stage for the future of medicine:

Augmented Reality

Say goodbye to bulky anatomical figures, because medical graphing and imaging can be displayed in real-time accuracy through Augmented Reality (AR). Augmented Reality was showcased globally with the hit game, Pokemon Go. However, medical experts believe that the potential of augmented reality in response to the need of medical data and mapping is quite formidable. Some of its inventions include:

  1.    AED4EU, an application created by Lucien Engelen which will help you find the nearest automated external defibrillator anywhere.
  2.    AR/VR can also be used by transplant patients in rehabilitating themselves. Chicago-based firm Inventum Bioengineering Technologies has also created a virtual reality machine that helps patients get accustomed with transplants, thus lessening any unexpected psychological reactions.
  3.    Accuvein is also an app that makes use of augmented reality through skin surface vein mapping. Vinny Luciano, Accuvein’s marketing specialist, says that 40% of IVs miss the vein on the first stick.  With Accuvein’s assistance, the vein can be visibly located, thus improving the accuracy of injections by up to 3.5 times.
  4.    AR/VR is also taking the field of neuroscience and neurosurgery by storm. Since neurosurgeries require the utmost delicacy, AR neuronavigators are life-saving tools. Providing real-time 3D modeling, AR/VR helps doctors get out of the dark, and give them a well-updated map instead.

Robotic Surgery

Talking about surgeries and operations, it is imperative that you talk about precision. Medical technology is currently thinking of a hands-free medical environment, particularly in the field of surgery, which is also the field of risks.

One of these solutions is the creation of the Da Vinci Surgical System, which helps the surgeon perform delicate operations by letting the robot execute the process, thus increasing success rates.

Another is the Xenex Robot which specializes in hospital sanitation and hygiene. The Xenex Robot allows fast and effective systematic disinfection of any space within the healthcare facility. Westchester Medical Center reported a 70% drop in hospital-acquired infections in the intensive care unit with the use of Xenex robots.

By 2020, it is expected that medical robotics sales will increase to a whopping $6.4 billion, making it a key player in the medical industry.

As time goes on, the field of medicine has gone from primal to digital, from accepting superstition to acknowledging science. As these two conceptions go farther, the more optimistic the future of medicine becomes. This is a hope that one day, better healthcare is in everyone’s hands.

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