I became aware of usage of modern technologies in modern healthcare , during my college days. When we were searching for ideas about final year projects, I came across a proposal submitted by one of my batch mate which was completely unique. He planned about a belt to be worn by pregnant ladies , which can monitor her health and send email 30 min before labor pain starts. Many of us thought it was unrealistic. First of all we were not sure how safe it is to expose a expecting lady before wifi radiation for all the time. Secondly , we are still not that tech-savy to check mails every hour. But anyway, that project found a industry sponsor, and even though that project got ultimately scrapped , project members got hired by that company.
Research works are rarely encouraged in our country. So most of our talents get exported to western countries. Technology gets developed there . All that is left is to import those results and use them. But even a decade back , we were not doing that too. Obsolete technologies were prominent in all aspects of our society.
Thanks to change in decision maker’s mindset , growing economy and internet, things have changed . Now a days many private organizations are offering cutting edge facilities at our door step . As more & people opting for these services, technologies are becoming more affordable for common people.
Since medical field deals with people’s lives , I believe it should update itself always to provide the best possible solutions humanly possible. Here I list out some of the technical marvels , which I expect to see soon in our country.
1. Hygiene Monitors :
Hygiene is the single most important thing , and it is often neglected even by medical stuffs. I think all medical professionals will agree with me on this point . Sometimes they might be unaware of germs present . This causes lot of pain and suffering for patients. So technology must step in here to detect germs and protect against it’s adverse effects. One such technology i found here . It’s a bracelet to detect frequency of hand washes. It can detect whether hand was washed before and after treating a patient. And entire usage data is stored in some server , so that it can be analyzed later.
2. Robotics :
Robots are becoming integral part of our lives . They found very important roles in healthcare sector. Apollo is one of the pioneer to bring robotic surgery to india. They have wide array of robotic services ranging from heart to cancer . It has claimed that robotic operations are more comfortable too (haven’t gone through one yet , so can’t certify this 🙂 ). Robotic operations are just tip of the ice berg. There are plenty of other things robots can do. Like giving vision to blind people using bionic eyes , control artificial limbs via smart phone apps , they can even soak butt to prevent bed sores . So more robots are definitely on the way .
3. Tele Medicine :
Virtual presence of doctors are very important for a country like ours , where medical facilities and infrastructures are still in nascent phase in most part of our country. This technology is already present , hope it increases it’s coverage .
4. 3d printer :
Last few weeks it is the buzz word in social media. Some intelligent geeks created some guns with this , and they distributed those files over internet . So that anybody having access to a 3d printer , can just download them and print a gun !! . This clearly shows how powerful this device is going to be. Affordable 3d printers are just a few years away . It is going to be a sure hit , just like mobile phones. But again, it is not that widely available in our country yet. Here is why I believe it must be used in our healthcare domain..
- How a 3D printer gave a man his face – and his life – back
- 3D Printers May Help Fix Fractures
- It can create skull implants
Some people are even working on some synthetic vaccines which we can download and print at our home using 3d printers.
Lastly I would like to say , technology is already present to touch our lives . It is our responsibility to open up to it.