We are at the forefront of change in medicine. Artificial intelligence and deep mind technology are being used to help patients in ways that weren’t imagined a decade ago. The future is bright with new possibilities and tech that will help pave healthcare for patients around the world. Yet, what will this look like?
The idea of being able to read and edit genes may seem like a far-off idea; the truth is that there are researchers already looking to see how changing a genome pair can help patients. With the use of this technology, doctors could see what patients are more susceptible to and prescribe preventative actions. For example, the doctor would then know what symptoms to be on the lookout for and could talk to the patient about changing their diet or daily habits to help them prevent the disease. Medical providers would also know what specific tests their patients would more readily need.
Not only would it help on the preventative end, but being able to read genes will help ensure that all patients are prescribed the correct medication and doses. We are in an opioid epidemic, being able to correctly prescribe medication that your specific gene profile will work with can help eliminate unnecessary medical prescriptions. When we know what medication will work with what genes, pills won’t be prescribed in the hopes that it will work. Instead, it will be prescribed because they will work.
Medical advancements don’t need to come in the form of large machines. Instead, they can be small and implemented under the skin or even in contact lenses. Wearable technology will add sensors that are placed on gear that would monitor a range of stats, such as blood sugar levels or respiratory levels. The ability of the equipment would depend on what the user is wearing. For example, hearing aids will improve sound quality for the wearer while monitoring their health. Of course, the information would be transferred via Bluetooth to doctors or the patient for ease of access.
New wearable technology would get patients more involved in their health. It would also ensure that accurate health details are given to doctors and the wearer.
Lastly, the future is going to advance to where medical robots will become more common in office visits, surgeries, retirement communities, and in the field. For example, instead of meeting in person with a doctor, you could speak with a robotic nurse online that could note your symptoms while also drawing information from any wearable tech that you have. They could compile the data and give a diagnosis on the spot. Bots can be programmed to help during physical therapy or help in the community center to teach classes. They could be used as tools to assist caregivers with their patients.
The future is endlessly brimming with possibilities; we are living in a time where all this is possible. What excites you the most about the opportunities that are here or that you have read about?