There has been a wide gap between healthcare and technology for a long time. Is healthcare finally starting to catch up with technology? Let’s find out.
The Smart Pillbox
Did you know that there is a smart pillbox by a company called Tricella that will send you notifications if your loved one forgets to take their pills? This Pillbox will send you reminders and gives you access to progress reports. It syncs with your smartphone and there is even a wrong pills alert!
Tired of suffering from migraines or headaches? You will be surprised to hear that a new technology is under clinical investigation in Redwood City, CA. Autonomic Technologies Inc. developed a system designed to block the pain that stimulates from migraines. How’s that possible? Glad you asked. Sphenopalatine ganglion (SPG), a facial nerve bundle, has long been associated with chronic forms of headaches and migraines. Autonomic Technologies, Inc. has created a small nerve stipulating device that gets implanted in the patient’s upper gum. The implant slightly connects with the SPG bundle and when a patient senses the onset of a headache, he or she simply places the remote controller on their cheek nearest to the implant. The signal stimulates the SPG nerves and blocks the pain causing neurotransmitters.
What’s the hype about 3D printing? Applying 3D printing to applications in healthcare may prove to be revolutionary. Organovo, a company that has successfully printed blood vessels and sheets of cardiac tissue that pulsate (like a real heart!). Their level of innovation is “beating” along with the pace of technology. There are many more uses of 3D printing
that are under way like the printing of skin for victims of burns and skin diseases, embryonic stem cells and printing of replacement organs (this could help save hundreds of thousands of people every year!).
Battery powered germ killers
Biomedical engineers from North Carolina State University Department of Industrial and Systems engineering are developing nanotechnology built directly into orthopedic implants. What does this mean? A battery-activated device powers an army of microscopic germ-killers to fight bacterial infections in joint replacement surgeries.
Technology is changing the healthcare space in a positive way. There are many more advancements that are being researched and released. From nanobots to robotic check-ups, this is just the beginning. The scope of these emerging technologies are incredible, one that healthcare so desperately needs.