Recent news reports from the health and personal care industry indicate major key trend changes in the health sector, with adaptation of new technology for the best health care services.
First, health analysts are proposing for “platform revolution” i.e. the ever increasing use of mobile and cloud applications that not only surpasses the ability of patients health in real time but also as a platform that facilitates interoperability i.e. capturing data from disparate sources like glucometers, wearable and phones, pulling them together giving both the personal care-giver and the patient a real time and holistic view regarding the patients’ health.
Secondly, the news report emphasizes on the need of “outcome economy”- it’s all about result delivery. Hardware has brought in new and better intelligence than before to the convenience of the patient by just a click. This will lead to what is termed as data explosion resulting to tremendous opportunities in clinical outcomes
The personal care industry is also adapting new technology like the internet-of-me that is to be used by patients themselves for personalized medicine.
Health and personal care industry is finally catching up with time as the sector has seen amazing advancements. There are new startups and companies for innovations, which have become a modern day health gold rush. Remember our friends at This and That talked about smaller mortgage rates on starter homes for those who are planning to buy their first home soon. Check it out!
Recent and biggest technology innovations include;
1. Injected Bioabsorbable Hydrogel
Also known as SpaceOAR that has been approved for cancer patients. It is designed to protect healthy organs and tissues during radiation. Currently however there is a limited reimbursement of the product with studies showing that the barrier is effective.
2. Robot Care Givers
For personal care, the MIT huggable teddy bear has been invented as a medical communicator especially for children. The robot is packed with sensors & sensitive skin technology, and is able to distinguish between agitation and cuddling by sensing the strength of the patients squeeze.
3. Fingertip Surgery
It is a stretchable electronic sensor technology that may soon replace the scalpel and some of the other operating tools. The wearable gadget lets the physician feel the body electronic activity and slice the tissues with the fingertips. The device is wearable on top of gloves and gives its wearer a more enhanced sense of touch and can cut into wavy skin membranes.
4. Interoperability between Heath Systems
Interoperability offers solutions for exchanging patient information across health care settings. The information exchange is increasingly important for the overall health information of the patient, therefore changing how heath companies communicate.
5. Mitochondrial DNA transfer
Also known as the three-parent-baby; Mitochondrial DNA transfer is a new innovation in which doctors use to eliminate a potentially fatal disease such as liver and heart failure. Two parents contribute for in vitro fertilization with the third party contributing mitochondrial DNA.
Some of new innovations expected to enter the health include Augmenting Human Technology – controlling of prosthetic limbs with the mind, miniature leadless pacemakers, and spectral computer tomography among others with research underway for most.
Much of emerging technology is focusing on non-invasive data acquisition that is, getting inside the body without necessarily going inside it with long range research aimed at capturing more advanced ad sophisticated information. The movement to embrace technology is already being utilized in many health systems such Dignity Health, Ascension Health, Stanford startups. The feature of health and personal care industry looks bright.