The Impact of Medical Technology Developments on the Healthcare...
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The Impact of Medical Technology Developments on the Healthcare Industry

Healthcare Tech Outlook | Friday, May 06, 2022

As technological improvements increase, so will body care methods. Patients will continue to gravitate toward companies whose integration of technological innovation into medicine enables patients to take unprecedented control of their health.

FREMONT, CA: For most individuals, including busy entrepreneurs, "taking care of your body" has traditionally meant visiting a doctor once a year to review standard lab results. However, medical technology breakthroughs are fast and dramatically altering the healthcare sector in ways that go far beyond this simple approach.

Accepting a five-minute annual visit with a physician is no longer the only option. Patients now have a way in to the most comprehensive picture of their health available, thanks to genomics, cancer blood testing, MRIs, and sleep analysis, among other advancements. As a result of these technological breakthroughs, the healthcare system is being transformed to become more proactive, individualized, and convenient than ever before.

Proactive

Traditional healthcare systems are sometimes criticized for their reactionary approach to medicine, in which health problems are handled only after they have progressed to the point of becoming a problem.

However, as medical technology advances and becomes more accessible, patients now have the opportunity to treat diseases at their onset, increasing their chances of a successful recovery.

For instance, some healthcare innovators have begun to include full-body MRI scans in their executive health checks—exams meant for high-achievers such as entrepreneurs, CEOs, and senior executives. These painless and safe treatments can detect various problems before the beginning of symptoms, such as brain tumors, spinal deterioration, lung lesions, and heart illness. Similarly, new cancer blood tests can simultaneously screen a patient's blood sample for over fifty distinct types of cancer. Patients can feel more confident that diseases are not emerging undetected in their bodies with the help of these technologies.

The notion that treating diseases earlier is preferable is not new in the healthcare community. However, with recent advances in medical technology, it is now more possible than ever to invest in proactive treatment that enables patients to do just that.

Personalized

As medical technology advances, healthcare organizations may now collect billions of data points about an individual patient and use them to give more individualized care.

For instance, quantitative data from biomarker and genomic tests can be gathered and processed to gain a complete picture of a patient's health. Additionally, doctors can give more individualized therapy by examining a patient's complete health story and medical history.

This integration of data collection into medicine exemplifies the trend toward a more holistic and personalized approach to healthcare. One size does not fit all when it comes to a patient's wellness and health results. Technology advancements enable doctors to understand their patients better and give them more individualized care.

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