Every year it seems like we are getting more and more technologically advanced when it comes to the medical field. Medical advancement is beneficial for both the doctor and the patient. Below we’ve listed some medical advancements in medical technology that are currently in development:
Alternative Therapy for Pain
Chronic pain is a serious issue that affects many people. It is long-lasting and can arise from an injury, like a sprain, or an ongoing cause, such as an illness. Nowadays, chronic pain is the leading cause of opioid prescription in a world where there is an opioid crisis. Pharmacogenomic testing is a new alternative for pain therapy which will hopefully slow down this opioid epidemic. It uses a patient’s genetic makeup to predict an individual’s metabolism of drugs, including some opiate-based drugs. This can be used to predict who may get little or no pain relief from using some opiate-based analgesics. With this new type of testing, adverse reactions can be avoided and ineffective medications can be not prescribed. In time, with this new innovation in practice, hopefully opioid addiction will be a thing of the past.
Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare
The use of AI, or artificial intelligence, is greatly increasing in the medical profession. AI is helping physicians make smarter decisions when it comes to treatments and patient care. It takes the hassle and uncertainty out of viewing patient scans and reduces physician burnout. This is all thanks to the machine learning algorithms which highlight problem areas on images during the screening process. Additionally, AI has the ability to reduce clinical variation and duplicative testing while ensuring patient safety. This can help decision support systems quickly make sense of the mountains of data within a physician’s EMR system. With AI’s continued integration into healthcare, physicians can work smarter with the aid of AI’s to care for patients.
Speaking of advanced technology, robotic surgery is also a new advancement popping up in the medical field. With the aid of remote-controlled robots, the surgeon becomes the mind behind robotic limbs. Robots are now able to provide surgeons with guidance for extreme precision during surgery. This results in shortened patient recovery time and decreased patient pain after surgery. Continued medical advancements in the field has led to more precise and effective surgeries with improved surgical outcomes. It also makes it a lot easier for people to have surgery done.
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Article written by William Graves.