What is the Future of Medical Technology | Earh Tech
1. Introduction to Future of Medical Technology
One of the most controversial fields in technology is medical technology. Just as there is a multitude of competing health care systems, there is a myriad of competing medical technologies. The present state of the art has made it possible to treat a variety of maladies from cancer to heart disease. So what’s the future? Medical technology is undergoing a revolution and we believe it will change the nature of our health care for the better – what is coming next?
In this post, you will learn about medical technology – where it came from, where it’s going and how important it is for your business. You will also get answers to questions such as:
What is medical technology?
What kind of technologies does medical technology support?
What are the trends in medical technology?
What does this mean for your business?
What do all these words mean together? What’s the big picture idea here?
2. Brief History of Medical Technology
Medical technology is the science of building and maintaining human health. It focuses on how humans’ bodies work, what they can do, and what they can’t do.
We’re currently in the midst of a fascinating transformation: the arrival of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Robotics (robots). This has led to a profound new understanding of ourselves, machines, and each other.
So much has changed so fast that it is hard to know where to start. This post will try to capture this moment in time as well as offer some food for thought on the future of medical technology. The following section provides an overview of the remarkable pace at which medical developments have emerged over the past couple of decades, as well as a few observations on what lies ahead for the future of medical technology. If you have any questions about this post or want more information about AI or robotics in general, I would be happy to hear from you!
3. Benefits of Emerging Medical Technology
Medical technology is a huge field, with a lot of it still being created and developed. Though the basic science behind it has largely been understood for decades, the application of medical innovation to human health has only begun in earnest since the birth of electronic medical records and electronic medical devices.
One of the most interesting things about these advances is that they have three distinct phases:
1) what works;
2) what does work;
3) what does not work.
What works? It depends on who you ask: some people say phones are the answer; others say e-prescribing could be part of it, yet others say I don’t need another smartphone, or whatever. What does work? Turns out that much of this stuff has been tried and tested by doctors over and over again, so they are pretty good at knowing what works.
These questions are certainly not hard to answer once you have all that data. So, as great as these statistics are, they don’t tell us anything about how to apply them in ways that help patients – because there isn’t all that much data on that yet!
What is even more interesting than all this is how little we know about how best to use this information when we do apply it – or how best to avoid applying it in ways that harm people. And none of this applies just to medical innovations, but also includes other emerging technologies like artificial intelligence (AI).
This is why we believe there needs to be a new approach taken here: instead of trying to make sense of all the data on everything out there, we need a new way forward looking at what approaches can help patients – one which considers both areas at once and which recognizes the fact that sometimes you need “multiple approaches” (like giving patients an AI-based approach for their dementia but also giving them an intervention-based approach for their pain).
4. What are the Trends of Medical Technology
Medical technological advances are still evolving. As I mentioned above, the future of medical technology is still far from certain. There are many technological advancements in virtual hearing (including virtual reality), artificial intelligence, and machine learning all under development, but none of them have yet reached a point where you can use them to replace medically trained personnel.
If we were to make bold predictions today, we could probably expect the following developments:
• Artificial Intelligence: It’s already here, with the likes of Google, Facebook, or Amazon running AI research labs. The idea is that a machine can learn faster and smarter than any human being anywhere near it. This is one example of technology that has been around for a while but has now reached an inflection point where it is finally ready to be taken seriously by people who understand its potential impact on health care and society as a whole.
• Virtual Reality: Virtual reality has been around for less than a decade and already it has achieved commercial success with companies like Oculus VR or Microsoft’s HoloLens headset. The idea behind VR is simple: put yourself in a different world as if you were there — but with the bonus of being able to see what is going on around you at all times — and interact with others in that world without seeing them directly; your perspective on what is happening will be the same as theirs if they aren’t looking at you directly either.
• Human Augmentation: This closely related technology will allow people to have an enhanced sense of touch, sight, or hearing almost indistinguishable from real ones. This could bring some much-needed relief to people who cannot walk or say quite enough in order to have their voices heard (“I am deaf!”). It could also be used for people who are too fragile for surgery but still want one anyway; many people would argue that enhancement should be available no matter how old you are (from newborns up).
The aforementioned inventions may not be ready today, but they are all technologies that may arrive over time — hopefully sooner rather than later — so take these projections with a large grain of salt given their relative youthfulness and relative infancy compared to advances made by mankind throughout history (which we will discuss below).
5. How will Medicine Change in the Future
In the coming years, medical technology will continue to evolve and develop at an accelerating pace. We’ve already seen this with smartphones and tablets. The world has changed from its early days of the 1970s and 1980s when the average person had a phone in their pocket and a desktop computer in the living room. What is next for medical technology? That depends on what you expect from it. Will it be more about how we treat our patients as opposed to treating ourselves? Or will it be about how we treat our patients, treating them as individuals, helping them live as long as possible?
Will medicine differ in some way in 2022 than it does today? There are many competing technologies that are advancing rapidly, which could have an impact on our health care system; but no single technology is going to fundamentally change everything.
6. How will medical technology affect society
The world is rapidly changing for the better. We have made tremendous progress in enhancing the quality of life for many people, but the pace of change is alarming, and there are many things that we still need to do to ensure that future generations can live without fear and without pain. We will not reach this goal without understanding what medical technology can and cannot bring us.
I’ve been working on a paper on this topic, that I hope will be published soon by a medical journal.
You can find it here: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Daniel_Yao/publication/294958968_The_Future_of_Medical_Technology
7. Challenges of Emerging Medical Technology
There are many different definitions of medical technology, and how it is defined varies considerably from country to country. In the U.S., for example, the term “medical technology” is used to cover all equipment used in a hospital that helps patients and their families, works on the patient, or helps the doctor in diagnosing disease and treating it efficiently. This definition does not include software or hardware that is connected to the system.
This definition can be broadened even further for some countries when a definition of medical technology as “technology necessary and suitable for medical purposes” is added. The type of medical technology depends on where it is being used (in-hospital vs home), what it is used for (diagnosis vs treatment), and who uses it — doctors vs patients, etc.
For this reason, there are many different definitions of medical technologies:
• In-hospital equipment: machines needed to achieve an outcome
• Outpatient equipment: tools needed to compensate for lack of expertise or knowledge upfront (like an MRI machine)
• Home lab: computer equipment
• Remote patient support (such as telemedicine)
There are even more differences between countries than those listed above. For example, in Canada, there are very few differences between home lab and outpatient equipment — just different types of diagnostic machines that people use at home. In Germany a lot of the cost problems with home labs come from not having a central place where people can share diagnostic information — they depend on individual doctors who have access to all diagnostic tools and data generated by them regardless of whether they work in hospitals or not.
There are also certain types of technology that cannot be used outside an office setting — e.g.: population health management software, telepresence systems (where you go into another room using a phone to talk with someone else). The purpose here isn’t really about which definitions you use; it’s about getting your product across market boundaries based on whatever ones work best for your firm. But we should be aware of these different market boundaries too; we needn’t try to cross over state lines as long as our products work well enough in each state!
The future will likely look very similar from one country to another if there isn’t much difference between them in terms of how important health care systems are compared with other social services like education or welfare systems — something I believe healthcare will continue to be the largest contributor
Now that we know the future of medical technology, let’s go through some of the things we can expect!
The first thing you need to know is that there are two types of medical technology:
– The technology that directly addresses disease and reduces its severity or length of duration
– The technology improves existing therapies and prolongs their efficacy.
Next, a quick rundown on the different types:
1. Cell Therapy 2. Gene Therapy 3. Genetic Engineering 4. 3D Printing 5. Artificial Nerve 6. Nanotechnology 7. Emerging Technologies 8. Biomedical Technology 9. Cardiovascular Technology 10. Optometry 11. Ophthalmology 12. Dental Technology 13. Otolaryngology 14. Orthopedic Technology 15. Neurosurgery 16. Orthoptics 17. Plastic Surgery 18. Microsurgery 19. Dentistry 20. Ophthalmology 21. Brain Surgery 22. Surgical Technology 23. Artificial Heart 24. Spine 26 The last three are essentially broad categories, as they include everything from surgery to bioengineering to nanotechnology — but they are not particularly distinct either (they’re all incredibly important in various parts of medicine).
When it comes to the future of medical technology, most people focus on the first type: cell therapy (or gene therapy if you want to be technical), which includes gene editing, stem cell transplants, etc., but what about the other two? Well, here’s a look at some examples:
1) Nanoengineering: one example is 3D printing and another is nanomaterials like graphene and carbon nanotubes — both of which have applications in electronics and in medicine as well as being just plain cool for other reasons (there’s also nanoscale manufacturing techniques like “nano-dollies” for moving around tiny objects). Just think about how handy it would be if you could replace a broken bone with a new one using this type of technology — it would probably be cheaper than replacing it with surgery! Can you imagine how much better your life might be with this new kind of medicine?
2) Biomaterials: another example is microfluidics or tissue engineering (which applies biotechnology in a very materialistic way), though these technologies have been around for decades and have already been developed by many companies in many different industries (google “3D printer” or “Stem Cell Transplant”).