The future of healthcare is happening right now. While that future is just barely forming, we are beginning to see how technology is now scratching the surface of an entirely different landscape when it comes to healthcare delivery both within and outside of the U.S.
According to PwC Health Research Institute’s annual report, 2017 is the year to prepare for the arrival of several technologies poised to disrupt the industry. This myriad of tech-driven innovation will impact just about everything from supply chain and operations to business models and essential healthcare management practices and procedures. Here’s a look at report’s eight proposed technologies poised with the potential to change it all:
By Erica Garvin | HIT Consultant
According to my geek calendar, 2017 will be the year of the drone. These advanced versions of model airplanes or unmanned aerial vehicles are everywhere on the rise. According to the estimates of the Consumer Technology Association, 9.4 million units were projected to be sold in 2016 worldwide; and the number will soar in 2017. The use of drones in aerial photography or monitoring seems pretty obvious, but some fans are already organizing drone races and a less fortunate guy caught her cheating wife with it. But it was certainly Amazon, which generated the biggest buzz last year by its announcement about delivering goods by drones; and that it actually delivered the first packages with popcorn and fire TV to its customers in the UK in December. And it’s not a surprise it was not in the US or China.
By Bertalan Meskó, MD, PhD | The Medical Futurist
The year 2016 presented the world with a number of big surprises. Some positive, some negative, depending on whom one asks. Here at Medgadget, 2016 will be remembered for many amazing and pleasantly unexpected medical technology developments, many of which are foreshadowing cures for spinal cord injuries, effective treatment of diabetes, new ways to fight heart disease, and many other long sought-after medical solutions. Virtual and augmented reality systems, new imaging techniques, and innovative delivery approaches are changing the way doctors learn and take care of patients.
Looking back on the past year, we selected what we felt to be the most important, innovative, and surprising medical technology developments. They naturally fell into a few categories. Here we share with you Medgadget‘s choices of Best Medical Technologies of 2016.
While technology is no silver bullet able to solve all that ails the healthcare industry, it has always been part and parcel of any revolution.
Think of the printing revolution and its influence of the Protestant Reformation that forever created a breach in the Catholic church.
At this moment in time, healthcare stands on the cusp of a fundamental reset itself and technology may as well lead the way to whatever system we end up with. A new report from PricewaterhouseCooper’s Health Research Institute, Top Health Industry Issues of 2017 predicts that these eight technologies will radically alter and disrupt the health industry over the next decade.
Here they are along with some startups in each category curated from the Web.
Getting paramedics to a site of an injury can often be challenging if the stricken person is on top of a cliff, in a forest, or some other hard to reach place. Italo Subbarao, DO, senior associate dean at William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine, and Guy Paul Cooper Jr., a med student at the college, and others, developed the new drone delivery system that can ferry emergency supplies and a communication system to allow nearby people to treat patients with help of remote physicians.
The system was demonstrated two days ago at the John Bell Airport in Bolton, Mississippi in front of the Governor of that state, as well as officials from the Federal government as well as from the United Nations.
The HiRO (Health Integrated Rescue Operations) drone system delivers a case that includes medical supplies as well as a cellular-connected Google Glass smart glasses. A person near the stricken patient is expected to put on the glasses, which send the video in front of them to a remote physician. The physician can then see what’s going on and lead the deputized civilian through the necessary treatment steps that utilize the supplies in the case.
The HiRO has so far been tried with two package types. One designed to treat a single person, while another meant for mass casualty events.
Tractica says providers are attracted to the robots’ ability to help cut costs, perform menial tasks, and increase the accuracy of repetitive tasks. The coming years will see everything from surgical robots, hospital logistics robots, disinfectant robots, and nursing robots to exoskeleton robots, robotic prosthetic limbs, and more, the firms adds. More than 200 companies are currently involved in some aspect of healthcare robotics, according to principal analyst Wendell Chun.
Robots are becoming more prevalent in healthcare settings. Last year, Johnson & Johnson and Google announced a strategic collaboration to advance surgical robotics using new technologies that improve accuracy, outcomes, and cost efficiencies. And earlier this year, Medtronic said it expects to launch a surgical robot in 2019 that will compete with Intuitive Surgical’s da Vinci system, the sole robot performing abdominal surgery today. Its system would reduce costs associated with robotic surgery — typically about $3,500 more than a laparoscopic procedure, according to the medtech giant.
Also this year, drone startup Zipline signed a deal with the Rwandan government to deliver essential medical supplies throughout the central African nation. The company’s financial backers include Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, Sequoia Capital, and Stanford University.
By Meg Bryant | HealthcareDIVE
Drones are showing up in such a wide variety of fields as of late, with its uses ranging from farming to package deliveries; it seems that people keep on finding new ways to utilize this new technology. Now, they can also save lives.
Researchers from the University of Toronto have found a new use for these drones in the medical field. Their idea is to have drones deliver automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) directly to people who have just suffered a heart attack. If it seems familiar, it’s because that it has been done before and their inspiration comes from another drone that does a similar thing in the Netherlands.
By Eleazer Corpuz | Futurism