Role of Technology in the field of health:
Technology is a very important part of day to day life. We are dependent on technology in all fields of like engineering, finance, entertainment, art and even health. Advancements in technology has played a major role in providing better health care services to patients with proper diagnosis and treatment techniques.
These technological advancements include from robotics to colourful tumour markers, from vein detectors to prosthesis developments. They are the part of innovation by brilliant human mind for easier and smoother operating in the field of health care.
Advancements in technology for health sector: Some of the advancements in health sector include-
Robotic nurse assistants
Sometimes while lifting humans, nurses may face injuries due to improper strength. To avoid these injuries, technology has designed variety of assistants from a full robot such as RIBA (Robot for Interactive Body Assistance) developed by RIKEN and Tokai Rubber Industries and assisted hardware such as HAL (Hybrid Assistive Limb) robot suits delivered by Cyberdyne. RIBA is the first robot that can lift up or settle down an ill person from or to a bed or wheelchair. RIBA performs this using its strong human-like designed arms and by innovative tactile guidance methods using highly accurate tactile sensors.
Dentures and dental implants will soon vanish as it will be possible to regenerate teeth by use of stem cell multiplication and these cells repair tissues by dividing continually either as a new stem cell or as a cell with a specific activity, such as a red blood cell, a skin cell, or a muscle cell. This is a magnificent advancement as many people lose their teeth due to improper care and increased age.
Using fluorescent contrast agents enables complete tumour excision during brain cancer surgery. This causes illumination of brain tumours in real-time during surgery, helping physicians clearly distinguish between healthy and cancerous tissue.
Multifunctional band aids
These are polymer based bandages and are highly compatible with human body and contains sensors and medication delivery devices to continue monitoring and delivery of medicines both internally and externally. It can heal small wounds to ulcers.
Transilluminator vein finder
Holding this device above skin helps to detect and display whole vasculature above skin. It is easy to use and saves a lot of time for both nurses and doctors for venepuncture. It is beneficial to use in elderly patients, obese people or dark skinned people where it is difficult to find veins for collection of blood or injecting injection. This device is portable, lightweight and works on rechargeable battery. Proper evaluation of vein position with illumination both in day and night is done by this device.
Needle free diabetes check-ups
Since diabetes is a disorder in which frequent blood test for glucose levels is required with continuous monitoring and regular use of insulin injections, pricks become regular. A patch is being designed to prevent these pokes in body via a transdermal sensor assessing blood analytics below skin without withdrawal of blood. A monitor is also attached which has alarming sounds for change in levels of glucose.
Along with the above technologies, there are several other developments in health sector which has lead to precise diagnosis and accurate treatment procedures and has made technology a vital part of health industry.