Smart Healthcare and Medical Technology Create a New Generation of Medicine
Trend

Smart Healthcare and Medical Technology Create a New Generation of Medicine

Developments in medical technology are increasing rapidly, and are no longer limited to drugs or medical equipment. Artificial intelligence, 3D printing technology, virtual reality (VR), and big data, which once only appeared in science fiction or movies, are now being used to treat or prevent diseases, leading medical technology into a new era.
Published: Jan 18, 2022
Smart Healthcare and Medical Technology Create a New Generation of Medicine

Artificial intelligence reduces the burden on medical staff:

Facing birth, old age, sickness, or death, whether of themselves or their relatives and friends, people often require medical diagnoses that can put a heavy workload on medical staff. The burden can often lead to medical staff becoming physically and mentally tired. Rigorous medical procedures are often required on the spot where there is no room for time to be lost. Fortunately, with the rapid development of technology, artificial intelligence has been gradually introduced into the medical industry which can increase efficiency and reduce the strain and burden on medical personnel.

In hospital patient care for example, robots can perform some of the daily tasks of nurses such as dispensing medicine, taking body temperature, drawing blood, cleaning wards, and managing visitor records. Interaction and monitoring of patients at home is also possible. Health status can be monitored and recorded, allowing doctors to more efficiently evaluate the patient’s condition and determine the time needed for follow-up consultation, and allow patients to save time and effort in going back and forth to the hospital.

For surgical treatment procedures, artificial intelligence robots can reduce the pressure on medical staff and allow patients to receive better medical care. Through a robotic controller, which can retrieve the doctor's hand movements, the doctor is able to give surgical instructions to a robotic arm operating inside the human body. This technology makes minimally invasive surgery more precise and efficient.

Other applications for medical robots are not limited by shape and size. For example, if a child accidentally swallows a foreign object such as a battery, a capsule containing a micro robot can be swallowed. After the capsule casing dissolves, the doctor can instruct the robot through radio control to remove the battery and apply medicine if needed.

3D printed human body and devices:

Another promising technology being applied in the medical field is 3D printing technology. It is currently most commonly used in the production of in-vitro medical devices, including medical models in surgery, hearing aids, templates for dental surgery, and prosthetics. 3D printing can create prosthetic limbs that more accurately fit the user's body size, give better user comfort, and have a lower cost and shorter production time than traditional technologies. 3D printing can even make prosthetic limbs, bones and organs. Because the materials used can be absorbed by the body, unlike traditional steel pins which need to be removed by surgery, 3D printed items can save patients from the pain of secondary surgery. 

Entering the era of VR and Big Data:

VR technology has also begun to be applied in the medical field. VR can guide patients to more effectively recall or imagine scenes during psychotherapy. Regarded as a "conscious anesthetic", it is allowing burn patients to take their focus off procedures being performed during debridement and dressing changes. Preliminary tests show VR games can reduce pain by as much as 50%. VR allows medical staff to receive virtual training by performing repetitive, precision, surgery procedures using VR, thus improving their skills and increasing the success rate of surgery. 

The medical community can bring a more rapid response for epidemic prevention and disease treatment by taking advantage of various types of big data and fast processing speeds. Using personal health APPs on mobile phones, larger volumes of health and medical information can be collected and analyzed, providing more accurate data for clinical research.

What technological applications does smart healthcare include?

Smart healthcare generally refers to the application of information and communication technology (ITC) in the medical and health field, including medical care, public health monitoring, etc. There are four major directions of mobile smart medical care, including "promoting electronic medical records and medical image transmission", "hospital safety care RFID program", "promoting remote health care" and "health database value-added application". The new technologies most commonly used in smart healthcare include artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, cloud, big data, edge computing, and 5G technology.

The application of information technology can reduce error events and increase productivity. IT has the potential to reduce costs and foster greater accountability on the patient side.

What are the challenges facing the development of smart healthcare?

  1. Restricted regulations make it difficult to obtain medical data:
    Because medical data involves the personal data of patients and is difficult to obtain, the application of artificial intelligence in the medical field is slower than that of manufacturing, transportation, and other industries. Even though Taiwan has the world's largest health care data, it cannot be used commercially due to restrictions imposed by the Personal Data Protection Act.
  2. Health insurance subsidies are limited, and hospitals lack incentives for promotion:
    Artificial intelligence medical services must be approved by the competent authorities such as the Ministry of Health and Welfare before they can be used for medical diagnosis. However, the Food and Drug Administration manages medical materials (hardware), and the relevant requirements for approval do not apply to software (algorithms).
  3. Taiwan lacks the software industry:
    Many people believe that Taiwan's technology industry and medical technology are leading the world, and these technologies could be coupled with health care information to create a market transformation that could match the success of the semiconductor industry. However, the strength of Taiwan's technology industry is hardware, and the core of smart medical care is software (algorithms), so Taiwan may not necessarily have a leading edge.
  4. Because most users of smart medical services are physicians, but R&D and manufacturing are largely in the technology industries, the two parties must cooperate closely to develop products that meet the needs of the medical field. The organizational culture and professional language of the medical world and technology industries are quite different, so more professionals with the talents to understand both medicine and technology are needed to coordinate and connect the two industries.
Future Outlook:

Digital medical care combines AI artificial intelligence, cloud big data, remote services, genomics, life science, and other technologies to provide accurate diagnosis and comprehensive care, improve treatment effectiveness, reduce medical waste, and reduce medical care burdens. Market acceptance has greatly improved.

Although the rapid development of medical technology can reduce the deadly threat of diseases, "prevention is better than cure" is always the most effective way of health. Both encompass huge expenses that cannot be ignored. It is best to make an early action plan to reserve medical expenses for emergencies and prepare yourself for the health and future of your family.

Published by Jan 18, 2022 Source :blackrock, Source :futurecity

Further reading

You might also be interested in ...

Headline
Trend
What is a Quantum Computer? What are the Challenges in the Development of Quantum Computing?
The real power of quantum computers is not the speed of computing, but the ability to process problems in parallel. By harnessing the uncertainty of quantum physics, it could revolutionize medicine, accelerate artificial intelligence, and upend cryptography.
Headline
Trend
What is Tiny AI?
Tiny AI integrates low-power, small-volume NPU, and MCU adapts to various mainstream 3D sensors in the market. And supports three mainstream 3D sensing technologies such as structured light, ToF, and binocular stereo vision, to meet the needs of voice, image, and so on to identify needs.
Headline
Trend
What is a Data Lake?
A data lake is a centralized repository for storing, processing, and securing large volumes of structured, semi-structured, and unstructured data. It can store data in its native format and handle any conversion format regardless of size limitations.
Headline
Trend
An Approach that Combines Mathematical Optimization and Machine Learning
Machine learning (ML) is a type of artificial intelligence (AI) that allows businesses to make sense of large amounts of data and learn something. Through mathematical optimization, it can help to interpret the correctness of data and improve the decision-making basis of machine learning.
Headline
Trend
What are Mods and Modular Design?
Through modularization, a series of universal functional modules are designed, and these modules are selected and combined according to requirements to form products with different performances and specifications.
Headline
Trend
Understanding DevOps Corporate Culture and its Benefits
DevOps is an approach to corporate culture, automation, and platform design that enhances business value and resilience by delivering fast, high-quality services and relying on fast-paced and repeatable IT services.
Headline
Trend
Manufacturing Combines Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality to Create a Digital Reality Experience
Utilize industrial augmented reality technology and virtual reality to further improve employee productivity, efficiency, and customer satisfaction through real-time step-by-step work instructions.
Headline
Trend
How does AIoT Help Smart Transportation?
How can AI and IoT technologies assist pedestrians, traffic units, and police units to help smooth, convenient, and safe traffic?
Headline
Trend
The Importance of a Green Economy for Global Sustainable Development
The green economy is a necessary trend for the global status quo. Governments must also fundamentally reform their policies. It is not easy to achieve this goal, but if we want to move towards sustainable development, the green economy will become key.
Headline
Trend
What Is Artificial Intelligence? Future Trends
What is Artificial Intelligence (AI)? At present, in which life scenarios has artificial intelligence been used? How will it change the future? Artificial intelligence is the power of the new era. In the future, there will be no modern industries that have nothing to do with artificial intelligence. Artificial intelligence (AI) has illuminated the prospects of a new generation of technology. Since then, people have quickly used huge amounts of data to analyze and carry out machine learning. solution, leading to the best decision. How does this technology work and drive the development of other new technologies? What are the development trends of artificial intelligence?
Headline
Trend
Development Trends and Risks of Global Supply Chains
In response to the supply chain challenges brought about by the epidemic, the layout of the supply chain will become more resilient-oriented, that is, willing to sacrifice some of the high cost and efficiency indicators in exchange for the flexibility and resilience of supply chain management.
Headline
Trend
Post-Pandemic Era: New Trends in The Global Logistics Industry
The global logistics industry bears the brunt of the outbreak of the epidemic. In the early days of the epidemic, cities were closed, borders were closed, and flights were suspended, but at the same time, the demand for personal protective equipment and daily necessities also reached its peak. The surge in e-commerce shopping has put additional pressure on the global supply chain, and the recent delivery of vaccines has also added challenges to the supply chain. Life in the post-epidemic era is something the world is paying close attention to. What will the global logistics situation look like at that time? Of the innovations and shifts adopted during the pandemic, which ones will persist and impact international shipments? This article will answer them one by one.
Agree