You may have already seen many people walking around wearing fitness watches. These gadgets track not only their speed and the distance they cover in their runs but also the calories they burn. But, what most people do not know is that these fitness watches even track your heart rate or call medical services when you need it. This is only a glimpse of what digital medical technology has in store for all of us. Who knows what more the future has in store for us?
However, there are still people who are wary of adopting new technology and standards. Maybe it is because technology is advancing at a rapid pace that it can be hard to track which is which and what something does. To keep it short, here is why we should embrace technological changes in the fields of medicine and healthcare.
Virtual reality and augmented reality
Yes, you did not read that wrong. And no, doctors are not using this technology to play games like what you normally see with the kids of today. This technology is actually helping doctors and other medical practitioners educate themselves in their different fields.
Students and practitioners in the medical field can now practice new operating techniques and learn more about the human body without ever having to step close to a cadaver. With this, even if they make mistakes, they can easily backtrack and redo the steps needed for operation, improving their skill in that said operation.
As to learning more about the human body, they no longer need to spend thousands of dollars on cadavers. Their virtual reality and augmented reality sets will be more than enough to expose new medical practitioners to the different developments of the body.
Digitized medical records and other important information
What better way to store all of a patient’s important medical information than by doing so digitally? Physical copies not only take up valuable space but once they become outdated, they just end up as trash. Digitizing medical records solves this problem.
It also makes pulling up a patient’s records easier and faster. A physician or nurse would no longer have to sift through hundreds of records to find one important document. But, digitizing medical records is just one thing. You can digitize pretty much any type of information you have.
Another way to use this technology is how an entity like SwyftOps does it, where they patch different networks together to fix and adjust scheduling, payroll, and so on.
This is the next frontier of medical technology. There will come a time that human interaction might not be needed for healthcare. Everything will be handled by robotics and AI, removing any room for error.
With robotics, it might even make healthcare either cheaper or more expensive, depending on the treatment. Without any human interaction or so, you are effectively reducing the cost of wages for a regular physician’s fee.
However, hospitals and clinics might charge more for this state-of-the-art technology. Only time will tell which direction robotics goes to, but it is still a great innovation to watch out for.
We are still years off from making digital medical technology as the new standard. But hopefully, we will all get to witness and experience these new life-changing medical features.