Nowadays, there are important technological changes driven by Big Data, mobility or cloud computing. These changes are profoundly transforming business and society; and some sectors, such as healthcare or banking, will face a complete transformation.
In the case of healthcare, large volumes of data (Big data) will allow better diagnoses and prognoseswhile applications, wearable devices and nanotechnology are revolutionizing healthcare, enabling consumers to take care of themselves and improve performance in their personal and professional lives.
Innovations in the field of healthcare are essential and technological advances are not only setting new and interesting parameters for further innovation, but are saving countless lives around the world and opening new possibilities for all parties involved: hospitals, researchers , doctors and patients.
Apps are changing the doctor / patient relationship
Devices like the Fitbit bracelet and other personal tracking tools They are increasingly common, allowing us to track various variables related to our lifestyle, such as our physical activity, sleep patterns, blood pressure and caloric consumption.
This trend has transformed the dynamics of the traditional doctor-patient relationship, opening the doors to new, more advanced forms of treatment and care, such as remote monitoring, telemedicine, etc.
In 2014, there was widespread adoption of telemedicine in healthcare facilities in the US and numerous mobile applications are being developed that allow patients to monitor their own health, not only diagnosing common diseases, but also serious diseases. An example is the DemoScreen application, which allows you to identify skin cancer; or the new “Ebola Care App” that is helping caregivers and staff working to alleviate the Ebola crisis to manage key areas of disease management, such as data collection, analysis and response.
There are also applications to count calories, diet or teach us to eat better. In this article you can see some examples.
Wearable devices and nanotechnology are here
While applications and tools allow patients to track their health, the most sophisticated devices and technologies They are responsible for sending the data generated to healthcare professionals, so that they can process it and predict and prevent health problems older in the future.
Wearable devices are ideal for this collection and transfer of information, as the patient can comfortably carry them with them wherever they go, hence they are already playing a very important role in this transfer of actionable data from patients to doctors and caregivers.
A recent example is the contact lenses designed by Google X Lab in collaboration with Novartis, they track glucose levels in users' tears and transfer the information to a mobile device that the doctor uses to track the patient.
Another example, combining, in this case, a wearable device with nanotechnology, is Google X's latest project to detect cancer with nanotechnology. The aim of the project is to develop a pill that contains nanoparticles and that, once ingested, releases the nanoparticles into the bloodstream so that they can circulate through the body and detect any abnormality that indicates the presence of cancer. The collected information is transmitted to physicians via a wrist device. It is a revolutionary innovation that aims to detect the disease in its early stages and, if successful, could save millions of lives.
There are already countless wearable devices for sale, from the famous Gafas Google, which according to a Stanford study, allows surgeons to be better operating, at Baidu Eye, the Chinese answer to Google glasses.
Even devices that allow you to track the activity of older people who want to stay at home, like CarePredict.
And the HealthKit Apple has already been tested in American hospitals.
Given the amazing changes these new disruptive technologies are bringing to the healthcare landscape, it is not difficult to predict that we are in the middle of a healthcare revolution that will give us more power than ever to manage our own lives.
The ability to keep track of our diet, physical exercise, daily activity, and sleep patterns gives us the opportunity to better understand how our body works and responds, allowing us to adapt our lifestyle to bring out the best in ourselves.
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