Technological Innovations in the Medical Field
Besides the other technological innovations that are used by individuals and businesses such as the Internet, Smartphones, Social Media etc, and also used in the medical profession there are various other technological innovations that were invented and used exclusively in the medical field. These technological innovations have positively affected the dissemination of information for both doctors and patients and have greatly impacted the medical field by providing overall benefits to both doctors and patients. Some of the technological innovations that have had an impact of technology on the healthcare field are:
Patient Portals: With these patient portals, patients can log on to their own safe portals, access or share their medical records, check results of lab tests, renew their prescriptions and communicate with doctors and nurses. They were invented with the idea of organizing all individual health information in one place online and coordinate health related aspects. This will help reduce mistakes, inefficiencies, and costs, but the most important is the potential for security and liability issues that become problems for people in the medical profession.
Surgical Robots: Surgical Robots are very expensive and usually cost $ 1 million plus. These surgical robots will help surgeons reach tight places are otherwise quite difficult to access. This will enable all-encompassing repairs that will ensure better health outcomes. Although there is no concrete evidence that surgical robots have made any great improvements in surgical procedures, doctors advertise their use enthusiastically. Some patients too are very impressed with these robots and those who can afford them demand that they be used in surgical procedures for them or their loved ones.
OptiNose is a small device that delivers drugs through the nasal cavity which is then directly absorbed into the blood stream without being wasted in the throat and stomach. Nasal movement facilitates air which is blown through the mouth which stimulates the automatic closing of the airway that connects the nasal passages to the lungs and throat. The device requires the patient to blow from the mouth to propel a drug into the nose.
Micro Robot: The Micro Robot cleans the blood stream by being injected into the body and travelling through the bloodstream and cleaning it thoroughly. It is less than a millimetre in size and walks like a crab on six legs. It has been designed to clear blocked arteries and also to release drugs into the body which dissolve blood clots which cause heart attacks and other ailments.