The Future is Now! 9 Sensational Medical Innovations that are Changing the World

Written by
Rebecca Smith

Published
Jan 16, 2019

Jan 16, 2019 • by Rebecca Smith

We live in an amazing time. Technology has improved our lives in countless ways. This includes medical innovations.

American medical technologies have helped us live longer and healthier lives. They provide better healthcare techniques which enable more effective treatment of diseases and injury.

Each year new discoveries are being made that enable doctors to diagnose problems faster. These discoveries also make surgery less invasive to shorten recovery time. 

Let's take a look at a few specific ways that the world has become a better place thanks to the latest medical discoveries.

The Future is Now! 9 Sensational Medical Innovations that are Changing the World

Advancements in technology are making the world a better place. Here are a few of the medical innovations that are improving lives like never before.

1. Virtual and Mixed Reality in Medical Training

One of the most exciting innovations in healthcare in recent years has been the use of virtual and mixed reality technologies. These innovations are used to create simulated environments for medical education.

These amazing reality systems have become increasingly popular with both medical students, as well as with healthcare professionals who are eager to sharpen their skills.

VR provides an immersive style of learning that enhances traditional medical school learning. It's also a productive step toward creating the most adept and confident healthcare providers possible.

2. Robotic Surgery

Thanks to advances in robotic technology, the vast majority of surgeries performed today are minimally invasive. Robotics provide surgeons with guidance that allow them to be more precise than ever before.

This precision results in numerous benefits, including limited pain and reduced recovery time.

The use of robotics in surgery also enables surgeons to perform procedures previously considered too risky. This allows patients to choose from a wider variety of treatment options beyond traditional surgical methods.

3. Alternative Therapy Options for Pain

There is no other crisis in modern medicine more impactful than the current opioid epidemic. In fact, the opioid crisis has been declared a national health emergency.

Chronic pain is the primary reason for opioid prescription. And though several valid alternative therapies having been made available for chronic pain, none have curtailed the problem.

The good news is that innovations have been developed in the field of pharmacogenomic testing. 

Pharmacogenomic testing is the use of the patient's own genetic makeup to predict that individual's metabolizing of drugs. This includes opiate-based drugs. Which is beneficial for helping to avoid adverse reactions. It can also eliminate ineffective and unnecessary prescriptions.

4. AI Technology

There has been much debate in recent years regarding advancements made in artificial intelligence. Everyone seems to have a different opinion. Much of the fierce back and forth seems to be nothing more than media hype. Because in reality, the use of AI in medicine is making a significant impact.

AI is helping doctors make faster and more precise decisions directly at the point of care. Thus improving the accuracy and increasing the ease of such tasks as viewing patient scans.

One of the major applications of machine learning in medicine is the ability of algorithms to highlight problems on imaging. This speeds up the screening process and then organizes the vast amounts of data within the system.

5. Immunotherapy Cancer Treatments

Immunotherapy is a technique that utilizes the human body's immune system to fight cancer. Although immunotherapies have been around for some time,  important advancements continue to break ground in this type of cancer treatment.

Scientists are doing amazing work. Such as developing new life-changing treatments for use in joint therapy and other areas.

6. Nanotherapy Cancer Treatments

This type of cancer treatment is more precise and less invasive than traditional forms of treatment. This means that patients can expect better results with lower healthcare costs.

Believe it or not, medical nanodevices and materials are already used around the world. These advancements include materials synthesized for use in tumor imaging.  It's also used quantum dots fabricated from semiconductor materials that can be used as alternatives to radioisotopes.

This might sound like science fiction, yet it's changing the face of medicine even as you read this.

7. Genome Editing 

"Clustered, regularly interspaced, short palindromic repeat" or CRISPR, is a technology that has emerged in a big way as a disrupter in the field of life sciences.

CRISPR is a genetic sequence that gives scientists the capacity for gene editing. In fact, scientists have recently discovered ways to use this material to block or add specific genes to an organism's genetic code in order to achieve desired results.

CRISPR holds the potential to achieve important goals, such as the elimination of genetic diseases and the eradication of pathogens.  

8. Smart Phone Applications

A new cutting-edge app has enabled physicians to download vital medical data from their stethoscope to their smartphones via Bluetooth.

Using this app, a doctor is able to record and playback body sounds, store data, share recordings and update a patient's electric health record. This will help reduce healthcare costs by allowing doctors to take more advanced measurements without the need for unnecessary specialists.

Another amazing use of a smartphone in healthcare is the Inogen Connect portable oxygen app, which allows users to monitor their medical oxygen anywhere, at any time. You can also monitor your battery life and column life status as well as perform column resets when replacing oxygen columns.

9. Brain-Machine Interface Technology

BMI, or brain-machine interface technologies, have made enormous advances over the last decade. This technology is especially important in the area of prosthetic devices. It is especially beneficial in the development of advanced artificial limbs. This is a development that benefits more than 100,000 American who currently live with an amputation. 

A New and Exciting World of Medical Miracles

We have a lot to look forward to with future medical technology. These advancements give us the opportunity to live longer and healthier lives. Medical innovations make routine visits to the family doctor more efficient and informative.

This is definitely a great time to be alive!

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