The future of healthcare is molded by digital technologies such as artificial intelligence, robotics, augmented reality and virtual reality and many others. The close association between modern hospitals, technologists and biomedical engineers has strongly influenced the healthcare facilities and resulted in many technologies to be incorporated into the healthcare system. The technological advances in diagnosis, surgical procedures, and drug delivery have made life comfortable.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) has great potential to redesign healthcare industry. AI algorithms can mine medical records, design treatment plans or create drugs. Presently, the process of developing new drugs is long and expensive, and AI can better these organizational procedures. The concept of silico trials is the most revolutionary which are individualized computer simulations used in the development or regulatory evaluation of a medicinal product, device or intervention.
Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) is changing the lives of patients and physicians alike. In the case of patients, AR might help them describe their symptoms more accurately to physicians or pharmaceutical companies might offer more innovative drug information to patients.
Another exciting and fastest growing fields of healthcare are robotics. Its developments range from robot companions, surgical robots, pharmabots, disinfectant robots or exoskeletons. With the help of robotic companions, paralyzed people can walk, or they can enhance strength so that it allows a caregiver to lift an elderly patient. Even some robot companions can serve as a social partner to alleviate loneliness or treat mental health issues of affected people.
The list of successfully 3D-printed objects describes another potential technology holds for the near future of healthcare. 3D-printing can be utilized in healthcare ranging from printing tissues with blood vessels to bones and synthetic skin.
Medical science of tomorrow would demand more novel ways of thinking for better health care service with the embracement of technology. But the introduction of any new technology in medicine must provide better health care and improved quality of life at affordable expenses.