Under the influence of the epidemic, the global demand for telemedicine has increased significantly. The development of digital medical care is an important means to promote medical equality and achieve comprehensive health coverage. Telemedicine care will become the new medical routine "New Normal", and the integration of AI wisdom in medical technology will be accelerated after the epidemic. An important trend with information flow.
What is WITMED?
WITMED is short for Wise Information Technology of Med, or smart healthcare, smart medical. In recent years, with the emergence of various wearable devices, the concept and slogan of "smart healthcare" are gradually emerging in the medical innovation. The development of smart medical care has a long history. With the advancement and rapid rise of Internet of Things technology, a large amount of medical information is exchanged, analyzed and used, which has become the basis of medical big data. In addition, artificial intelligence, which has developed rapidly in recent years, has also been imported as the induction and use of this data. After the combination of the Internet of Things and artificial intelligence, the medical treatment of instant mobility will appear, which is the core concept of smart medical care.
The wearable device can detect the condition of the body, through real-time perception, and after comparing and analyzing a large amount of data, it can be summarized and interpreted to respond, and then make the most appropriate processing and support at the moment. Through smart medical care, many dilemmas faced by the current medical system have been solved. In addition, the emerging market demand brought by smart healthcare is also a big business opportunity.
Soft Electronics Assist Smart Healthcare
Flexible electronics refers to the use of thin-film or direct-injection metal printing to create electronic circuits instead of silicon-based circuit fabrication in the past. This technology can produce bendable circuits, direct-injection circuits, or the production of organic materials, and it can even be folded and waterproof.
Combining the performance of semiconductor elements with the thin, large area and soft and flexible characteristics of printed electronics, flexible hybrid electronics will subvert the appearance specifications of electronic devices, and will also bring more innovative application products to the medical industry.
The application of soft electronics is a breakthrough in the medical field. It enables doctors to assist in diagnosis. Taking human-machine collaboration as an example, more and more doctors will use machines and equipment to perform various examinations and assessments on patients. Through the calculation of the machine and the analysis of the data behind it, it can simulate the appearance of the patient after the correction and treatment in the future, or calculate the probability of various factors. In addition to semiconductors, soft electronics can convert these medical materials into a form suitable for patients to wear, improve the accuracy of human data collection, and help doctors more accurately understand the patient's condition and provide the most suitable treatment methods.
Smart Medical and Wearable Device
In the face of an aging society, an immediate and preventive medical system needs to be established urgently, and the application of wearable devices is indispensable.
In addition to being used in more professional medical equipment, soft electronics are also one of the indispensable elements of daily medical wearable devices. With the advent of new technologies that embed circuits into stretchable materials, flexible electronics have created stretchable, waterproof circuits. The application of the stretchable waterproof circuit in the wearable device can better respond to the deformation and extrusion of various actions of the human body, and will not cause any discomfort when wearing it.
The sensing function of the soft electronics on the device can be carried out through the conformability and extensibility of the device, which allows the device to take into account functionality, durability and comfort at the same time, so that patients can be monitored in a comfortable state through physiological sensing for body information. By wearing medical wearable devices, various data of the human body can be collected, and the function of real-time recording can also be achieved. Whether monitoring is done by a machine or a wearable device, "soft electronics" is an indispensable part of its application.
Smart medical care is likely to become a daily necessity and a big business opportunity!
Wearable devices are increasingly used for personal health care. In recent years, various wearable bracelets have appeared. In addition to the basic timing, communication and positioning functions, they are also equipped with physiological and medical auxiliary functions such as measuring pace, heart rate monitoring, body fluid analysis, and health management. Data that communicates with the physiological state. Or a stick-on device such as BodyGuardian can obtain information such as electrocardiogram, cardiopulmonary status, respiration volume, activity volume, etc. in real time to effectively control physiological conditions. In addition, if soft electronic technology is added to clothes, it can also sense body temperature, perspiration, external environment and body movements, etc.
The application of wearable devices can be said to be far-reaching, from headbands, headphones, glasses, outerwear, underwear, wristbands, bracelets, socks, insoles, to stickable devices, and even swallowable and implantable devices. installation. These can detect various values in various parts of the body, and have achieved effective, immediate, and even preventive health management, and then make effective coping strategies.
Unlike general medical equipment or medicines, the suppliers of these wearable devices are not necessary from professional medical equipment manufacturers. Thanks to soft electronic technology, various life products may be transformed into wearable devices for daily use and sold. Coupled with the characteristics of soft electronics, low resource consumption and repairability, the cost is greatly reduced, making wearable devices a powerful trend in the future market.
The Future of WITMED
Artificial intelligence reduces the burden on medical staff:
The workload of medical staff is huge, and I believe everyone knows it. Since we are human beings, there are times when we are physically and mentally tired, but medical treatment is a battlefield that cannot be lost at any time. Fortunately, with the rapid development of technology, artificial intelligence machines that can never sleep. It has been gradually put into the front line of medical treatment, greatly reducing the burden on medical staff.
Let’s talk about caring for patients first. The nurse robots in the hospital can be competent for daily tasks such as dispensing medicines, taking body temperature, cleaning wards, and managing visitor records. An artificial intelligence company in California has successfully developed a robot that can interact with patients. Through monitoring and recording health conditions, it can also determine the time of the next follow-up visit, allowing patients to save time and physical strength in going back and forth to the hospital, and doctors can also use monitoring records to record, to keep up-to-date on the patient's condition.
As for the level of surgical treatment, the use of artificial intelligence robots is not only to reduce the pressure on medical staff, but more importantly, to allow patients to receive better medical services. Among them, the more familiar is the "DaVinci robotic arm (DaVinci)", doctors as long as surgical instructions are given through the controller, the controller will capture the movements of the doctor's wrist and instruct the robotic arm to operate inside the human body. This technology makes minimally invasive surgery more refined and perfect.
However, medical robots are not limited by shape and size. The newly developed "Origami Robot" by MIT is only 1cm in size. When a child accidentally swallows a foreign object such as a battery, he can swallow it and hide it. There is a capsule with a robot. After the capsule dissolves, the doctor can guide the robot to remove the battery through the magnetic field and apply medicine to the wound.
3D printing the human body and organs:
Another technology with great potential 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. Compared with traditional technology, 3D printing can create prosthetic limbs that fit the user's body size, with lower cost and shorter production time.
In addition to prosthetics, 3D printing can even create bones and organs. Let’s talk about bones first, because the materials used can be absorbed by the human body and then discharged, unlike traditional steel nails that need to be removed by surgery, which can save patients from the pain of secondary surgery. As for organs, there is a bioprinter manufacturer that has successfully produced functional liver tissue in 2013. Although the cells have only survived for 5 days, they have witnessed the future of 3D printed organs.
Entering the era of VR and Big Data:
In addition to artificial intelligence and 3D printing, there are more new technologies that shine in the medical field. For example, VR, which has been brought into the public eye with a high profile, is not only able to effectively guide patients to recall or imagine scenes during psychotherapy, but is also widely regarded as a "conscious anesthetic", for example, burn patients can be put into VR games during debridement and dressing changes, and preliminary tests can reduce pain by 50%. In addition, VR allows medical staff to perform repeated exercises for precision surgery through virtual training, improving the success rate of surgery.
On the other hand, the medical community can take advantage of the huge data volume, various types, and fast processing speed of Big Data, which can bring more rapid response to epidemic prevention and disease treatment. Major technology companies are also eyeing the creation of cloud-based health platforms. Through cooperation with medical institutions or personal health apps on mobile phones, all health and medical data can be collected and analyzed, which can provide larger and more accurate data for clinical research.
The combination of "medical" and "technology" makes the future of the medical industry infinite possibilities. The combination of the two industries is bound to bring many opportunities to the market. The combination of two different fields is by no means an easy task, which requires a lot of cross-border talents, as well as cross-industry exchanges and cooperation to achieve. The diversified products developed through continuous exchanges will also bring great business opportunities to the market and inject an endless stream of living water into various industries.