As science fiction known, the genre has helped the development of new technologies, or at least predicted them long before they became a reality. As the years go on, scientific advancement is moving at the speed of light. Every minute that goes by, there are always advances that are implemented to creating accessible and advanced healthcare. Specifically, sci-fi inspired techs have inspired real interventions.
Cyborg Eye’s, medical drones, EKG readers’, Clinical Holoportation potential using AR/VR digital posts, and application of VR in treating pain are all new and innovative solutions to improve healthcare. There have been other advances that have taken over our society in positive and negative ways such as social media. There are new studies and insight into how social media platforms have shown to have a negative impact on tech-associated behaviors.
Here are some interesting digital health technologies that are currently available or being developed:
1. Stanford’s Cyborg Eye
Stanford’s Cyborg Eyes for the blind focuses on creating hope for Americans who have degenerative eye conditions. The degenerative eye condition has no cure and once vision is lost, it cannot be restored. Chichilnisky’s solution is to create a device that can not only transmit the right signals to the ganglion cells, but also read the retina to figure out which kind of ganglion cell sits where. Then, the device can stimulate it at the right time to create a cohesive image. This can address two of the most notable eye conditions our population faces, retinitis pigmentosa and age-related macular degeneration.
2. Medical Drones
Medical drones used can be for a variety of reasons, such as carrying and delivering blood, trauma supplies, and lab samples. In addition, these could reach to remote areas to people who are in need. These are even more important now due to many disasters that have gone on over the years. Medical drones can provide relief in a more timely fashion. Next, Stanford’s Cyborg Eyes for the blind focused on creating hope for Americans who have degenerative eye conditions. The degenerative eye condition has no cure and once vision is lost, it cannot be restored. Chichilnisky’s solution is to create a device that can not only transmit the right signals to the ganglion cells, but also read the retina to figure out which kind of ganglion cell sits where. Then, the device can stimulate it at the right time to create a cohesive image. There are challenges, but with every scientific advancement, you just need to keep pushing forward until it works.
3. Apples FDA approved EKG reader as a wearable
Health and fitness are becoming a booming industry. Another scientific advancement that has allowed Apple to get more individuals’ interested in buying their products is the latest apple iPhone watch with its FDA approved EKG reader feature. This feature allows for personalized readings on what is normal or abnormal for your heart rate or rhythm.
4. Clinical Holoportation
Next, clinical holoportation which allows the use of virtual, augmented and mixed reality to allow for users to virtually occupy the same space and interact in 3 dimensions while miles apart. For instance, a neurosurgeon can show a 3D model of a tumor in the brain and demonstrate the proposed solution. In addition, visits with patients can take place with a third party present.
5. VR technology
VR technology is a tool that can reduce pain and anxiety. VR technology is a multisensory environment that allows our brain to be nudged to thinking we are somewhere else. This technology is now being used for a variety of purposes such as depression, drug abuse, burn injuries and injuries to stroke. Physicians and VR tech companies are using this as an option to treat pain. This is particularly relevant to our population as we face our opioid crisis, and gives us new and innovative ways to tackle this issue.
What is most important to researchers and scientists is making their mark, contribution, struggling with many of the difficult problems that confront us as a modern society still in great need of increasingly creative and productive scientific advancement.
No doubt, science fiction has become a major influencer of technological development for its power of visualization and inspiration. These tech developments have also led to the creation of workforce management software for healthcare organizations. This type of software is simplifying the works of the health industry, while holoportation, drones, VR technology, etc. are improving the patient care services.