Disruptive Technological Developments in the Medical Device Industry
The last decade has seen an explosion in the integrated use of technology in healthcare. Numerous technological advances are available to medical professionals which help them to enhance workflow, drive innovation and improve patient care in diagnosis and treatment.
There are several types of research which show that healthcare is changing all over the world and the general public is ready to accept robotics and AI for healthcare needs. People are willing to get medical treatment from high tech machines which can transform the healthcare delivery to make it better, quicker and accessible. Below is some technological advancement in medical devices that will enhance the healthcare industry.
- Mobile Applications
Did you know that every day you handle a gadget that could be considered a medical device? It’s your mobile phone. It can be used to diagnose your health parameters. Almost 40 applications were approved by the FDA for medical usage in the year 2016.
Big industry players are developing health apps like Medtronic with its AVIVO mobile that records, measures and transmit data for people with heart diseases. These devices not only diagnose but also train people on how to perform different exercises. Even physicians are interested in this technology due to the expanding use of electronic health records (EHRs). With the help of this, doctors can transfer the patient’s detail to their colleagues for consultation.
- Electronic Aspirin
If you are afraid of science fiction, you should not read this. In a minor headache, a person takes an aspirin but doctors haven’t yet found the solution for chronic headaches with the sphenopalatine ganglion (SPG). Well, huge medical companies are developing a small nerve stimulating device that will be placed on your upper gum which is normally responsible for headache. So, whenever a patient feels a headache then she/he can control the pain by blocking the pain-causing neurotransmitters.
Have you ever dreamed of a robot that serves you? Your dream has already come true. There are many forms of robots currently used in hospitals. Intriguingly, they can aid surgeons perform certain interventions while they’re not even in the room. It allows the surgeon to perform minimally invasive surgeries, which helps the patient recover quickly. Robots like da Vinci Surgical System and robotic ROSA are some examples.
But have you ever heard of a robot that will come to your hospital room and help you connect with your doctor? The specialist can be in another part of the world yet still perform their visits. Well, this technology is also under process in which a robot can access the medical data of a patient and connect with diagnostic devices such as otoscopes and ultrasound. It’s already equipped with the latest electronic stethoscope.
- 3D Visualization and Augmented Reality for surgery
Don’t confuse augmented reality with virtual reality. When what you see is not how it appears, it’s called virtual reality, but when new information is added to what you see then that is augmented reality. In the year 2013, a surgeon had the first experience of augmented reality with Google Glass.
Another kind of technology that uses augmented reality is AccuVein. Many people have a great fear of blood because they’re afraid nurses won’t find the vein at the first attempt. With AccuVein, life became easier for both nurses and patients. The doctors and nurses use scanners that show then where the veins of the patient are.
- Prosthetic Hand
This technology is growing rapidly. In earlier days, a person that lost their limb was treated with a static prosthesis. But nowadays, it’s futuristic. They can receive a bionic hand that communicates directly with the brain. The signals delivered are transmitted to a computer that translates it to a move. An Italian school for advanced studies developed a hand that provides a sense of touch. This hand has a sensor that can differentiate between a hot and cool item. The signal is then transmitted to the brain.
As you can see, the medical device industry should not think it is outdated. If you want to be more competitive, be aware of all the latest technologies and products that are coming in the market. The interesting aspect of those disruptive changes is the fact that our regulators are following them, issuing guidance and new regulation to put rules in place. This is good news as many deviations can come from industries that would use a dated guideline and apply them to new technologies.