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The Future Of Healthcare & It’s Tranformation

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The pressure to ensure accessibility, affordability, quality and sustainability, while leveraging technology in healthcare, will be on in the coming year.

As healthcare moves into the future, the quest for quality and affordability continues to be the key driver for transformation.Traditional healthcare is often said to be more “disease-care” than “healthcare”, with healthcare systems focusing on caring for the sick, expanding and improving infrastructure, and figuring out long-term financing for healthcare in an aging population. Increasingly, both medical science as well as consumers are recognizing that prevention is better than cure, especially for chronic diseases.

There has also been a overabundance of health and wellness apps – from nutrition apps to fitness trackers monitored by wearable sensors – that support this shift.Such technology not only monitors and offers insights on a person’s physiological status, but also recommends nearby healthy eateries and food selections, fitness-related events as well as exercise facilities.

This places personal health and preventative care rightfully back into the individual’s hands, shifting the outcome towards a more active and healthier community.

Health care’s resistance to transform is likely bolstered by concerns about patient data privacy, a dependence on highly specialized skills, professional ethics and a traditional emphasis on the human touch in the practice of medicine.

In Singapore, all hospitals have gone digital to a large extent, and the Government is encouraging nursing homes and GP (general practitioner) clinics across the island to follow suit.

With an Electronic Medical Record system, real-time Integrated Health Information Systems and an automated inpatient pharmacy already implemented, the next step for hospitals will be widespread tele­health services for discharged patients and the elderly in the community.

Robotics customized for the healing environment can improve patient care while relieving manpower shortages, and provide a better working environment.With everything including life-support systems hyper-connected in the Internet of Things (Io T) , cyber security will become of utmost importance.

In order to adapt to societal needs, modern healthcare professionals need to be well-educated in the management of technological capabilities and deliver patient-centric solutions.

Cameras Turned Into Health Monitors

Implantables in Healthcare: The Next Trend

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The medical possibilities for intelligent, internet-enabled medical devices is huge, with one recent estimate expecting the global market to be worth US$163bn by 2020. 

Proteus Discover,  of US healthcare firm Proteus Digital Health. Developed in collaboration with Japan-based Otsuka Pharmaceuticals, Discover is a microscopic sensor contained within an ingestible pill. The sensor activates on contact with stomach acids and then starts relaying clinical health data to a replaceable patch worn on the patient’s torso. The technique is initially being used primarily for patients with cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, such as hypertension and Type 2 diabetes.The patch also registers the time that the medication was taken and a patient’s subsequent behavioural patterns (sleep, exercise, etc). The information is then loaded up wirelessly to an app on the patient’s smartphone and then to the Proteus Cloud.

Barriers To consider

Cybersecurity breaches— If hackers can infiltrate the medical records of sports stars such as British cyclist Bradley Wiggins and the US gymnast Simone Biles, what’s to say biometric information from your implantable might somehow find its way to your health insurance provider or to a tech company like Google (which is currently experimenting with a “smart” contact lens)?

 

 

 

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Tiny 3D Cameras For The Human Body

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Tiny cameras have now been developed using 3D printing technology that is small enough to be injected into the human body with just a standard syringe. The microscopic cameras are the size of a grain of salt,and can transform the world of healthcare life size as we know it. The  three lens camera was produced by a team at the University of Stuttgart.

The cameras are so small that they can be printed onto the end of an optic fiber and then inserted into the human body, including the brain, to be used as a camera.  This will allow doctors to have a much better view of the internal organs and is less invasive than a regular endoscope.  The printing technique was developed by using lasers with very short pulses that were focused through a microscope onto a liquid polymer.Then, when the 3D printing occurs, the lasers harden the polymer as the lens is produced. The cameras could also be as surveillance devices.

Another Breakthrough Has Been Made With 3D Printed Tiny Cameras

Vancouver’s Nursing Shortage & Video Gaming Experience

 

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B.C. Children’s Hospital closed two of its eight operating rooms due to nursing shortages this year. Part of the problem stemmed from the amount of time it takes to train nurses and get them up to speed concerning various operating procedures.  Training a scrub nurse can take six months to properly gain operating room skills. The Association of Registered Nurses of British Columbia highlighted the strain on nurses, finding as many as 40% leave the profession within ten years, partially due to lack of mentoring stemming from nursing shortages.

Angela Robert, the CEO and founder of Conquer Mobile, a health tech company that specializes in medical education solutions, met with a few people on the cutting edge of integrating virtual reality into health care. Neurosurgeon Dr. David Clarke and neuroscientist Dr. Ryan D’Arcy et al concluded simulation could be a great way to train perioperative nurses and surgery residents. Robert said “they were actually looking for people with video gaming experience.” Robert decided to develop an app and virtual reality that would help train nurses without actually having to get them into the operating room. The key to the app was its usability, something the gaming industry thrives on.

Enter PeriopSim, is now used by over 200 facilities from Vancouver Coastal Health, Fraser Health and the Nova Scotia Health Authority. The app and accompanying full virtual reality version cuts training times in half and simulation training offers the opportunity to prepare nurses before they go into clinical placements.

Trends In Healthcare 2016

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1.-From robots performing housekeeping duties to avatars streamlining the patient intake process—it’s not about replacing people, it’s about allowing people to work more efficiently, and where they are needed most.

2. The Liquid workforce- Have a sick child? Digital services allow you to Skype with a pediatrician. Struggling with a high-risk pregnancy issue? Through virtual technology, a specialist in New York can treat an ailing patient in New Mexico.. Automation can free up workers to build critical skills and grow. And, rather than spending time on the routine, they can focus on more meaningful work that requires judgment and personal interaction.

3.Platform Economy-Platforms are enabling smart cities, connected machines, robust customer analytics and more. In healthcare, they provide the underlying technology that can make healthcare experiences more connected. Some companies have taken the plunge into platforms, while others are just beginning to use digital technologies and cloud foundations as a first step into the platform world.

4.Machine learning, the Internet of Things, and the technologies behind imaging analytics are all set to combine with genomic sequencing and pharmaceutical development to set alight one of the most promising trends in healthcare: precision medicine.

 

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