Healthcare is an industry that is continually changing out of sheer necessity. As medical knowledge improves, and research returns more and more reliable results, healthcare practices have to be ready to move with the times and embrace new advancements that offer the best possible outcome for patients.
However, the one downside of these advancements is the sheer speed that is involved in the changes. With thousands of studies being completed each year, and more and more equipment manufacturers releasing products with truly incredible capabilities, keeping up with the rapid pace of change can be an exhausting and time-consuming process. Given that healthcare businesses are usually busy with the day-to-day running of the company and caring for their patients, there sometimes isn’t the time to track all the relevant developments as and when they happen – so below, we’ve put together a quick catch-up of the most promising advancements that all healthcare businesses should be aware of.
AI is changing the way illnesses are diagnosed
Once seen as little more than a fun technological quirk, artificial intelligence (AI) is proving to be incredibly beneficial for a variety of healthcare purposes. Perhaps the most promising of all is the use of AI in suicide prevention, a development that has shown incredible results since it was first introduced. This technology is now being deployed in various ways, including monitoring of social media posts, in order to identify those at risk of suicide and then connect them with human-led advice and support as quickly as possible.
Ultrasounds are more accurate than ever
Ultrasounds have been a staple of medical diagnostics since the 1950s, but the technology has been continually updated and refined in order to produce the best results for patients. Healthcare businesses can now invest in an ultrasound machine that is capable of panoramic imaging, U-scan technology, and a variety of other benefits that allow for more efficient exams, quicker diagnosis, and – ultimately – vastly improved outcomes for patients.
The identification of so-called “zombie cells”
While still in its early phases of development, many healthcare businesses are turning their focus to the possibilities offered by the discovery of “zombie cells”. Research has indicated that these cells are a consequence, or perhaps even the cause, of the natural ageing process; rather than being cleared from a person’s system, the damaged cells accumulate, and either cause or exacerbate age-related conditions such as osteoarthritis. While the removal of zombie cells will not turn back the clock on the ageing process, numerous companies are now examining the potential of the eradication of these cells and their impact on quality of life in later years; and the early results are extremely promising.
The innovations and developments in modern healthcare tend to arrive at a breathless pace, which can make it difficult for businesses to keep track of all the latest advancements that may be available to them now or in the future. The three areas above are very much just the tip of the iceberg, but are some of the most promising innovations that can deliver very real results should healthcare businesses wish to integrate them into their practices in future.