The medical industry is an exciting one. It is always changing and new advancements are constantly being discovered that improve or replace old processes or technology. This is why it’s always important to keep yourself educated on the latest in the space. Thankfully, this is easier than ever thanks to the internet.
For example, if you check out Lecturio you can gain access to a ton of helpful videos and resources. Whether you are preparing for exams, or simply need to review concepts, it can help you learn and retain information successfully.
But what type of advancements in the medical industry should you expect going forward? What sorts of things will change and what sorts of new technology will be used? Well, that is exactly what this article is going to look at.
Without any further ado, let’s go over the sort of advancements to expect in the medical industry going forward.
Delivering More Medical Supplies Via Drones
Drones are incredibly popular in the USA for a variety of purposes, often recreational in nature. However, in addition to flying for fun or to take photos, these drones can have a very practical role in the medical industry, delivering medical supplies. While this is already happening around the world in a few different places, look for it to be more common in the future.
Not only can drones often deliver supplies faster, but also more effectively in many cases. Whether the drones are going a few miles, or even just a few hundred feet, they can deliver supplies quicker and easier than a person having to deliver them on foot or in a car. This advancement could be especially important in rural areas that don’t generally have good access to medical supplies.
Better Artificial Organs
The use of artificial organs is not brand new (the first real breakthrough took place back in 1982), but we believe it will take some major steps forward in the coming years. There is a ton of demand for a variety of organs such as hearts, kidneys, livers and many others.
Unfortunately, wait lists are almost always incredibly long and many end up passing away while waiting. The increased use of artificial organs could save countless lives, and be a major step forward for the medical and science communities.
These organs can be grown in a petri dish, or even 3D printed. There have been several examples of lab-grown artificial organs being implanted, and scientists are getting close when it comes to 3D printed versions. While a ton of testing will need to be done, this is an exciting space and one that shows great promise going forward.
Greater Use of the Blockchain
While blockchain technology is primarily known as the technology and backbone of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, it is so much more than that. At its core, blockchain technology is a way to make the history of a digital asset completely transparent and unable to be altered or changed. It is decentralized in most cases, and seeks to stop things like fraud and shady behavior by being transparent, yet secure.
So just how does this factor into the medical industry? Well, the blockchain can provide several benefits in this space. It can help you securely send patient data, prevent miscommunication in regards to medical records, assist in drug traceability throughout the supply chain and several others.
We are already seeing some in the medical community use blockchain, but the usage rates will surely increase as blockchain becomes more accepted and understood around the world.
In conclusion, we hope this blog post has been helpful in showing you the sorts of advancements you may expect to see in the medical industry going forward. Of course, these are far from the only advancements that will occur, but they have shown potential and are only going to improve over the years.