As the years continue to pass, we can expect new technology and breakthroughs to occur in all industries. The same can be said in the health industry. The year has just started, but we can expect advances in these areas: testing technology, stroke treatments, and robotic surgery. These are five technologies you can look forward to learning more about as the year continues.

Pharmacogenomic Testing
Pharmacogenomic testing helps doctors see the exact genetic makeup for their patients, allowing treatment to become specialized.  By examining their genetics doctors can prescribe medicine that will help them. Instead of a one-fits-all approach, doctors can work with the patient’s makeup to find a treatment option that will have a higher chance to succeed. They can also pinpoint which patients would respond negatively to opioid use, lowering the possibility for abuse to occur.

Artificial Intelligence can go through data much faster than their human counterparts. The technology can be used to complete tasks that doctors don’t necessarily need to complete, such as paperwork. This will allow doctors to focus on work only they can do, such as interacting with their patients. AI can be used to double check work and analyze data and screenshots. The technology learns from what it has done in the past and that will help diagnose patients. While the program won’t diagnose patients on its own, it will help doctors and nurses see things that they might miss — helping to lower any chance of misdiagnoses.

Immunotherapy is the process of encouraging the body to utilize the immune system to combat tumors in the body. While the technology has only been used for cancer treatment, the possibilities are endless. The technology can be used in the future to fight other tumors.

3-D Printing
3-D printing can be used to make customizable medical products for patients, including prosthetics, stents, and implants. The items can be measured to fit the exact specifications of each patient. This way, users won’t feel discomfort with an ill-fitting product. The technology can also help with heart surgery and other transplants. With the ability to create new and usable body parts, individuals can get the treatment they need more easily.

Surgery Completed By Robots
Currently, certain surgical procedures are being completed by robots since they are faster and less invasive. They are also being linked with improved patient outcomes, such as less pain and recovery time. While doctors will be handling the more extensive operations, the technology can still guide surgeons and ensure a smooth procedure. An example of this at work is the da Vinci Surgical System, which will perform movements inside the human body based on commands done by the surgeon’s hand. We can expect more robotic features to enter the surgical room as well as the doctor’s office.