Technological changes in the medical industry are not just limited to medical procedures. Clients, patients, medical professionals, medical students, researchers and consumers shape these medical technology trends. Trends in 2015 are going to be a revolutionary and are designed to make medical experiences better for all stakeholders.
Here are the top medical technology trends that are expected to rule in 2015:
Gamification meets medicine
Gamification follows a simple concept – using game techniques in non game environments. After being successfully deployed in management practices, this trend seems to be promising for the medicine field as well. Everyone is exposed to games on computers, tablets and phones. Games have an easy interface and are pretty successful in communicating brand messages. This power of mobile applications is now being used to promote healthcare applications. These apps can be used in a number of ways. It can collect data from patients, track their movements and exercise levels, record their food habits etc. The possibilities are endless. Medical professionals can deploy these applications to collect data from patients and provide them with regular health recommendations based on this data. Health tracking in a fun way can motivate chronic disease patients and help them keep on track.
Moreover, patients that need to follow a particular lifestyle can be motivated through games. Virtual rewards inside applications along with medical notifications in the form of game objectives can be used especially when dealing with patients of a younger age.
Online medical education
The internet is accessed by both – medical professionals as well as patients. Patients are increasing accessing online materials to read up on diseases and educating themselves. Though self-diagnoses are not favourable nor are recommended, a little education can definitely curb the spread of many diseases. Moreover, when there are breakouts such as Ebola, H1N1 or hepatitis A, the internet can be used to connect medical professionals with the general public to educate them correctly regarding preventive measures. This can be done through videos, live conferences or even blogs.
Furthermore, online medical education is especially useful for medicine students who can use it to gain insights into current medical trends. There is always new research papers that are being published or breakthrough technologies, which are being adopted by different doctors. Medical students are usually stuck to their textbooks and often miss out on current developments in the medical field. They too can take to the internet to learn about new developments to stay relevant.
3D printer prosthetics
3D printers are making a lot of buzz at science exhibitions. In the medical field, 3D printers can be used in multiple ways to produce results that were just mere thoughts earlier. 3D printers can be used to create prosthetics, casts, braces, implants, etc. that are highly customisable depending upon the patients needs. Moreover, surgeons can even create 3D copies of organs. These can be used not only to help medical students practice surgeries but surgeons themselves can use it to practice before complex surgeries.
Mobile sensory data collection
Wristbands, fitness trackers and mobile apps are all really popular these days to collect data on the number of steps you took today, number of water glasses you drink or how many calories you burnt. Most of these devices collect data based on senses and are really affordable. Not just fitness conscious people, but seniors as well kids are sporting these trackers. In the future, clothes, which can collect sensory data, are likely to hit the market.
Electronic Medical Records
Imagine a world wherein every patient’s medical records are available in an electronic form. This would be really beneficial for doctors who deal with patients that keep changing hospitals. With all records in digital form, it is easy for hospitals to share medical records of patients. Thus, when a doctor meets the patient for the first time, the doctor will have the medical history of the patient already. It will not only save time of the doctor, but also can prove to be invaluable if the patient has been admitted in the hospital under emergency circumstances.
Hospital Management Systems
Hospital management systems are popular among small clinics as well as big hospitals. These systems work great when there are different departments within the hospital that need to communicate regularly with each other. Be it creating bills for a particular patient or sending blood samples, these systems can be used for all kind of data management. Healthcare ERP systems can be used for core services, support services as well as back office functions such as payrolls, HR, inventory etc.
In conclusion, all we can say is that the medical industry is embracing technology like never before. From hospitals to patients, everyone is adopting different types of technologies to increase productivity and improving lives. These emerging trends are impacting lives all over and they are here to stay!