As technology changes the world in front of our eyes, we can’t overlook the impact it is having on global healthcare, especially in the medical device sector. Technological advances help connecting doctors and patients in new ways, transmitting vital data in real time, identifying life-threatening events and treating them faster than ever before, progress from the classic physical devices to smart devices.
At this session, I would like to highlight medical device trends that aim to shape our healthcare and life. I choose only three hottest medical devices trends, out of many, that we are proud to take part in their development.
The marriage of IoT (Internet of Things) and medicine generated IoMT (Internet of Medical Things):
Medical devices equipped with cellular or wireless communication such as Wi-Fi or Bluetooth allow the machine-to-machine communication that is the basis of IoMT.
The Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) is going to change the way that the medical industry delivers healthcare. IoMT devices link to cloud platforms, on which captured data can be stored and analyzed.
In the near future, we will come across these kind of systems more and more frequently.
Some examples of IoMT systems:
- Remote patient monitoring of people with chronic or long-term conditions
- Tracking patient medication orders
- Tracking the location of patients admitted to hospitals
- Wearable mHealth devices which can send information to care-givers
- Bed rigged with sensors that measure vital signs which can send information to caregivers
- Infusion pumps that connect to analytics dashboards
The security of sensitive data, such as protected health information regulated under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), that passes through the IoMT is a big challenge for healthcare providers.
In the last 2 years, we were involved in development and regulation of software that is based on IoMT, like monitoring of chronic disease patients, wearable devices, and storing patient date on cloud applications.
The marriage of smart-phone apps and medicine generated MMA (Mobile Medical Apps) .
While more medical devices become connected to the Internet, most of the devices are accompanied with apps, steering healthcare into a more mobile space with each passing year.
The FDA’s website states that, according to industry estimates, “by 2018, 50 percent of the more than 3.4 billion smartphone and tablet users will have downloaded mobile health applications.”
While the elderly and baby boomers may still prefer in-office visits, a young generation prefer to use their small mobile friend for health-care. App stores already feature thousands of health apps, though their adoption for health and care has been not trivial. The problem begins when the gray zone between clinical recommendation or wellness advice became confused.
During last years, more and more projects that are part of our developing portfolio involve mobile applications. Moreover, classic applications are transformed to mobile devices. We are proud to be in the front of medical mobile trend.
And the last but not least for this article is Robot-Assisted Surgery.
The marriage of robotics and medicine generated RAS (Robot-Assisted Surgery)
Robotic surgery, computer-assisted surgery, and robotically-assisted surgery are technological developments that use robotic systems to aid in surgical procedures. Robotically-assisted surgery was developed to overcome the limitations of pre-existing minimally-invasive surgical procedures and to enhance the capabilities of surgeons performing open surgery.
This type of surgery became possible with the FDA’s approval of the da Vinci Surgical System back in 2000. Since then, the technique has been widely adopted by facilities across the US and Europe.
So why now … it has been 17 years since then. The da Vinci surgical systems was the head start for this arena.
Progress in computing power and algorithm development, enable robots to really aid during surgeries. Today, what was unbelievable 10 years ago doesn’t seem like science fiction any more.
We are proud to be part of surgical robot development for companies like MST Surgical, Human Extension, ValueBioTech and others
As the world is changed by technology which impacts the healthcare sector, we are changing and updating with it. Our projects become more interesting, more challenging and future oriented.
We are very proud to be part of the technological changes in such exciting field as medical devices.
By Sally Genad-Moar,