The health care industry improves every year, and we have the privilege of watching it grow. Here we list five fascinating advancements in the industry.
From the sweating sickness to scarlet fever, we as a society have experienced a litany of deathly illnesses throughout history. Fortunately for us, medicine has made significant strides across the decades, and monitoring many of these illnesses has become easier than ever. Today, we’ve gathered a collection of significant advancements in the health care industry.
1. Digital Tattoos
This may seem like something straight out of a sci-fi movie, but digital tattoos are a very real—and convenient—addition to the health care industry. These tattoos are a noninvasive method for monitoring patient progress, and they’re easily removed. They can keep track of things such as body temperature and heart rate, and they can even monitor an individual’s alcohol intake.
2. EMI Shielding
The effects of electromagnetic interference can be extremely dangerous in a hospital, as it can cause medical equipment to malfunction. When this occurs at an inopportune time, it could ultimately prove fatal for the patient who relies on that machine. Fortunately, EMI shielding equipment has evolved over the years, and it’s now very effective at preventing this vital equipment from failing.
3. Drugs that Treat Hearing Loss
Electronic equipment such as hearing aids has long treated hearing loss, but hopefully, new drugs will soon take the place of these devices. These drugs are still in the early stages of development, but the projected outcome is a positive one, and scientists are sure that frequent use of these drugs isn’t too far on the horizon.
4. Smart Inhalers
The Bluetooth-enabled smart inhaler is a device meant to minimize the amount of hospital visits that individuals with asthma must make. These inhalers store important patient information on them, including the dosage and the time the inhaler was last used. It can also send this information to doctors, which ultimately helps decrease the amount of checkup appointments the individual may need.
5. Artificial Organs
Bioengineers have long been developing artificial organs, something that may have seemed impossible years ago. Skin is one example of an organ that can be created artificially—just like real skin, it’s sensitive to the touch, so it could be incredibly beneficial for burn. Artificial wombs, which are meant to hold and nurture premature babies, have also developed.