5 dizzying predictions for Healthcare IT

Daria Bulatovych
28 March 2018

We follow all of the changes and innovations in medical technology and find it exciting to share them with our readers. Each day brings new advancements which make us highly optimistic about the future of healthcare. In this article, we will be focused on predictions related to healthcare IT. These predictions are really worth viewing as they are considered to be those to deliver a new era of health and longevity to humanity.

The interplay of digital, nanotechnology and pharma organizations will lead to a new world. According to Ray Kurzweil’s predictions, people will have a chance to live forever and it will come true from 2029. It means that tremendous advancements in pharmaceutics and healthcare industry are going to take place before 2029.

In order to fill this article with promising tendencies of healthcare IT, we are listing down a few predictions which will see the light of the day in the future:

1. Artificial Intelligence as a key to unlock the depths of healthcare innovation

Digital technology has released doctors, nurses and analysts to concentrate more on higher-level cognitive objectives and to pay more attention to patients. AI is empowered to push it forward.

Computers enable people to streamline decision-making capability by means of simplifying access to data of fundamental importance to a decision assorting non-relevant information. Today, technologies save our time by instantly showing us the important data and we are able to devote released time to the use of human higher-level abilities to exploring the essential data only.

Computers will hardly replace the diagnostic function of doctors soon. Artificial Intelligence programs remain to be too scanty, for instance, to evaluate a wound for infection via synthesizing aesthetic observations such as heat, seeming, smell, pain intensity and drainage.

However, present AI is complex enough to automate lots of doctor’s tiring, monotonous tasks. For instance, it is enabled to reduce the amount of time needed for studying a bacterial swab and suggesting an appropriate antibiotic prescription. It allows a doctor to spend more time on doing higher-level work concerning patient’s education, diagnosing and planning treatment liberating doctor’s mental energy.

The potentiality of healthcare apps for AI tech is multiple and thrilling. Healthcare professionals are studying the use of AI programs to insurance verification, skin cancer diagnostics, the analysis of lab results and healthcare record information analysis. Humanity has just started to discover vast horizons of future healthcare advancements which might be released in AI technology.

As Artificial Intelligence apps are getting more and more integrated with medicine, a growing number of patients will obtain access to high-quality, effective healthcare services.

2. Medical Robotics is going to improve the way the medical community interacts with patients as well as to bring tremendous methods of treatment

Medical Robotics is thought to be the most intriguing and thrilling healthcare innovation which is going to significantly change the interaction between healthcare providers and patients.

The future preliminary hospital visit will be held by a physical robot, looks like a person that will have all the needed information about patient’s health even before they begin to communicate. Patient’s vital signs will be measured by the robotic employee utilizing infrared and retinal scan technology, along with other methods which are now under development. So, in a wink, the robotic “doctor” will detect the state of the specific organ functions.

The robotic framework for the provision of medical services will be placed at the center of a new ecosystem and a telemedicine format will be accessible at any time to people if needed.

Thus the necessity for visiting a hospital will be reserved for the situations in which proximally collected clinical information is required to make an assessment.

By means of innovation in human-computer interaction research along with natural language processing, it will be possible for humankind to communicate more efficiently with medical robots to build the kind of trust free from subjective judgment and extremely adapted to a specific personality. Imagine a reality in which your doctor is totally concentrated on your health.

As a bonus for your awareness of the use of medical robotics in the future, we are mentioning one more technology which is called nanorobotics.

Fantasize that there is a pill which can run lots of nanorobots into your blood vessels to remove the stuck plaque. As soon as the procedure is finished, the nanorobots will be retrieved from the body by means of excreta or will be self-eliminated. Nowadays, cardiovascular diseases are a cause for concern for countries like India and Philippines where more than 30 percent of the population is prone to this disease.

3. The use of Internet of Things to provide faster arrival of ambulance cars and monitoring patients’ state of health remotely

Aruba and Kevin Ashton has discovered that healthcare industry is becoming one of those leading where IoT is utilized. 60 percent of medical companies in the world have been already using this technology. 87 percent of all companies are going to introduce it by 2019.

Through overriding the way devices, humanity, and applications connect and communicate with each other, IoT is creating an integrative way of work. By creating new opportunities to provide dynamic services and products, IoT will reduce operating costs and streamline efficiency around the world.

Let’s view at least some of the ways how IoT will influence the healthcare industry in the future:

  • Advancements in quick ambulance service – IoT technology can enable ambulance cars to arrive fast and safely by connecting them directly with traffic lights, thereby stopping traffic and instantly clearing the way for the vehicles to drive. Improved navigation systems getting in touch with other vehicles to define traffic patterns will be also able to calculate the most appropriate routes immediately.
  • Vital Signs Devices – considered to be one of the most significant and quickest IoT developments in the healthcare field. There will be enhanced devices monitoring patient vital signs such as blood pressure and pulse. Through a discreet wearable device, people are likely to be monitored from afar quite simply, and then doctors will be immediately notified in case of change of vital signals. Improved technology will fall outside the limits of simplified measures, probably monitoring rates of bone healing or breathing patterns.
  • Smart pills – future technology might be able to monitor patients remotely in far more cases than it is possible today. “Smart” pills may contain plenty of nanobots. These pills will be taken by patients to allow their physicians to receive a virtually endless stream of data about patients’ state of health. Other nanobots will probably specialize in tasks as monitoring blood circulation and others in centralizing on the digestive system. So, all the data will be sent back in order to be utilized to diagnose and suggest the relevant treatment with an opportunity of the subsequent monitoring of patient’s recovery.

Here’s an example of latest advances in producing smart pills. At the end of last year, FDA approved the first digital pill called Abilify Mycite which is for schizophrenia, bipolar disorder & depression treatment. It has a built-in ingestible sensor which interacts with a patch worn on ribs. This patch is connected to a smartphone via Bluetooth. The pill will be used to digitally track if patients have taken their medication. It’s considered to be the world’s first smart drug. This approvement will allow lots of digital pills to appear in the market.

4. 3D printing as a tool for manufacturing your own drugs as well as a chance to save patients’ lives providing artificially made organs

Despite the possible dread of coming era of Frankenstein, organ donation obtaining organs from donors is matter of life and death for lots of patients who need a relevant surgery.

For an understanding of the problem, according to Statista, the portal for statistics, in October 2017 there were 895 patients on the organ waiting list in the USA between the ages of 11 and 17 years. Overall there were over 120,000 patients in the country waiting for organ transplantation.

3D printed livers, hearts, kidneys being able to replace human organs has been a major issue for scientists. The reality in which we are able to print whole organs is still a matter of distant perspective. However, scientists are working hard in multiple laboratories to print tissues of the liver, the most regenerative organ in the body.

3D printers making an exact replica of an organ and farming them with relevant blood groups and types will make it real for a huge number of ill people to receive artificially made organs.

Additive manufacturing also showed vast potential for medicine during last years, and its progress is uninterrupted.
An epilepsy drug Spritam created by means of 3D printing was approved by FDA in 2016. This powdered drug is printed layer by layer so that it melts more quickly than an ordinary pill. Can you imagine the change of people’s attitude towards medicaments if we could print out them without leaving home using own 3D printers?

A few years ago Lee Cronin, a chemist at the University of Glasgow described a prototype 3D printer which would be able to print molecules instead of objects. He talked about an incredible opportunity for patients to visit an online drugstore having their digital prescription, purchase the appropriate blueprint and chemical ink in order to print the drug at home. In Lee Cronin’s opinion, we are likely to buy not drugs but blueprints or apps in the future.

3D printing is one of the most productive technologies able to change medical and healthcare industries towards affordability, personalization, and better access. It’s empowered to let a new era come on the condition that printers are more improved, printing of biomaterials has become safely regulated and people are fully aware of how 3D printers operate.

A few years ago Lee Cronin, a chemist at the University of Glasgow described a prototype 3D printer which would be able to print molecules instead of objects. He talked about an incredible opportunity for patients to visit an online drugstore having their digital prescription, purchase the appropriate blueprint and chemical ink in order to print the drug at home. In Lee Cronin’s opinion, we are likely to buy not drugs but blueprints or apps in the future.

3D printing is one of the most productive technologies able to change medical and healthcare industries towards affordability, personalization, and better access. It’s empowered to let a new era come on the condition that printers are more improved, printing of biomaterials has become safely regulated and people are fully aware of how 3D printers operate.

5. Synthetic biology as a way to design new materials, products, and drugs

Nowadays, digital technologies affect almost all sides of our lives. Of course, organizations have to go digital so as to move forward, but just a few years ago the state of things was different. Synthetic biology is expected to have the same strong influence over our lives as this area of research is incessantly growing. The following information will show you how it will happen.

Genetic engineering, whose home was the laboratory, has changed to significantly more advanced and scalable process of manually adding new DNA to an organism, and it’s about to influence everything including healthcare. Initial applications could only add or remove single genes, such as those for herbicide resistance. However, today scientists can produce whole DNA sequences, able to guide a microbe to produce biofuels, fragrances as well as medicines at scale.

It is predicted that this year we will witness the public embrace of much more affordable personal genomes at last. It will happen through improved education and amazing software. Because of significant decrease of diagnostic costs, therapeutics costs might be reduced as well by means of fundamentally engineered nutritional supplements, veterinary and dairy products, citizen science, and protection measures for wild animals from malaria or Lyme disease.

In addition, we will be able to witness machine learning towards drug delivery and preventive healthcare, due to accessible, wealthy, individual-patient-level personalized medicine data resources like, for example, OpenHumans.org. This year is about to deliver initiatives on diversified projects to protect synthetic cells from all viruses — reached through techniques much more accurate and effective than today’s genome-editing ones. Microscopes will empower us to see chromosomes at super-resolution and a huge amount of cells keeping intricate connections among nerve cells. We will obtain new information about mouse embryos developing beyond the body and human genome collections that will allow forming in the lab any of human organ systems.

As we enthusiastically extend the frontiers of new discovery – and daydream about the potential we have to provide more patients with personalized and better care – we have to create mechanisms that view any innovation through a prism of social, economic and political filters for better awareness of the effects at the same time.

It is our hope that being responsible first of all for patients’ benefit, the scientific community will work hard to fulfill the promise of tech-driven discoveries little by little solving their attendant problems, as humanity is expecting the fascinating and promising changes in healthcare.

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