The next few years promise to be exciting ones for startup-minded entrepreneurs, especially in healthcare.
New technologies are making new healthcare developments possible in ways that previous generations could only dream of. Ultimately, new medical technology will soon turn science fiction into science fact, and new ways of handling and processing data will provide the infrastructure needed to realize these advances.
Take a look at some of the most promising healthcare developments currently eyeing release or beta functionality in 2018.
New Healthcare Developments for the Near Future
In many major respects, the healthcare system the world uses today is not very different than that of the post-World War Two era. This was the period when the protocols and processes for health insurance and its related financial systems we are familiar with today became commonplace.
However, that world was very different than the one we live in today, and many of these obsolete systems are ripe for disruption.
Look out for the following technologies and pay attention to their effect on healthcare.
1. Internet of Things (IoT)
The Internet of Things has just barely penetrated the challenges of the healthcare industry so far, but it is already actively revolutionizing other industries.
Autonomous wearable devices promise to offer functionalities that can save lives and make doctors’ work much easier and more effective.
Consider, for instance, an organ implant that actively responds to biometrics such as heart rate, blood pressure, and more. Sensors can gather this data and send it to the implanted device automatically in real-time, whereas until now these changes would have to be adjusted manually, at great effort and cost.
2. 5G Networking
At first, you might think that 5G is just an extension of 4G – the networking framework that powers all modern smartphones. But when combined with modern wearable technology and new healthcare monitoring devices, it will become a powerful framework for round-the-clock care.
In particular, this networking framework allows IoT devices to communicate with one another in ways 4G was never equipped for.
The medical devices of the future need to have extraordinarily long battery lives and to be capable of communicating with huge numbers of secondary and tertiary devices autonomously – 5G networking will make that possible.
At the turn of the 20th century, calling the doctor generally resulted in a house call. The quaint image of a doctor visiting your home with a big brown leather bag may not return, but the on-demand service of a house call certainly will.
With increasingly connected patients delivering real-time biometric data through advanced networks, healthcare providers will be increasingly empowered to deliver care wirelessly.
In some cases, this will mean adjusting wearable device parameters through the Internet. In others, it could mean that an intelligent device can warn the nearest hospital’s emergency medical team to address an oncoming heart attack or stroke – possibly before the patient even notices any symptoms.
Want to become a part of the oncoming digital healthcare revolution? Talk to our team about making your idea come to life.