Exploring 8 Futuristic Medical Technologies Available Now
Costs of healthcare are rising and wait times to get into specialists are getting longer. At the same time, science and technology is getting smarter and widely more accepted and available. With continued research and technological advances, we know more about the body and its function than ever before. DNA sequencing is helping to understand patients at a more intimate level and access to your health information is becoming the norm. With all of this, in some cases, costs could shrink with adaptation of preventative versus reactive care, and your smartphone could just be the key to lowering your out-of-pocket expenses. The future of medicine is in technology and personal information- whether wearables, apps, or product design, the future is here with these medical technologies.
- Personalized EKG On Your Smartphone – Personal heart rate evaluation at your fingertips, without having to visit your doctor or local emergency room. The first artificial intelligence (AI) EKG app was approved by the FDA November 30, 2017. Alive Core interprets your heart algorithm at deep levels to interpret your results. In just 30 seconds, detect normal heart rhythm or AFib.
- Glucose Testing With Pricking Your Finger – Dexcom G5® is a mobile system allowing you to see your glucose numbers every five minutes without poking or pricking your skin. The device is FDA approved.
- Blood Pressure Measurement – Blood pressure is not measured enough for most. Omron offers a blood pressure watch to measure blood pressure all day long, allowing you insight into potential abnormalities.
- Smart Phone Ultrasound – It is true, there is an app for that. Philips Lumify, a portable ultrasound device that connects to your smartphone can literally probe anything on your body, except for the brain. Does it work? Dr. Eric Tropol (Cardiologist) tried it out on his kidney stone and scanned the same image as an emergency room CT. Read his book “The Patient Will See You Now”, for more insight.
- Back To Basics With Body Alignment – Over 80,000 of the population suffers from body alignment issues. Insole company, Protalus, is using patented technology that helps align the ankle properly, resulting in reduction of back, knee, hip, or foot pain. In addition, patients are turning to natural therapies such as yoga and wellness massage.
- Telehealth – The wave of the future is here, telemedicine. It’s almost as though we are going back in time- when doctors made house calls. The difference, you are making the calls from your smartphone or laptop wherever and whever it is convenient for you.
- Wellness Tools – Oura Smart Ring both monitors and provides alerts for your daily health, recording sleep patterns, heart rate, body movement and more. Why are technologies such as this important? The insight can provide information to help you function at your best, as well as insight if you could potentially be getting sick.
- Genomics – From nutrition to fighting cancer, DNA is becoming key in treatment, prevention and wellness. Many are turning to personalized nutrition with companies such as HABIT, and the study of genomes is treating pre-womb to tomb conditions and disease. The next decade should be interesting to see the advancements in personal healthcare.