How engineering is revolutionizing healthcare

Breakthroughs in healthcare technologies leading to longer lifespans

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Engineering has had an impact on all aspects of human life. From military engineering to construction and communication, technology has made life easier for everyone. Artificial intelligence and big data have enabled doctors to record data and predict the occurrence of outbreaks. Healthcare practitioners can now access more information through mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. With such devices, information can also be readily stored and availed with just the click of a button.

Cloud technology has also made it easier for the documentation of patient data without the need for traditional storage methods such as hard drives and floppy drives. With cloud computing, the patient, doctor and other human resources in healthcare can access information such as diagnosis and prescription remotely. Such documentation also ensures that healthcare institutions adhere to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 regulatory standards of accountability and data storage. This article addresses the impact of engineering on the healthcare industry.


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Prosthetic Kits

Medical specialists have come up with technologies that enable the disabled to perform many duties. Such prosthetics have given rise to Paralympians. They are now able to run distances of about 1,500 meters. What happens is that the blade prosthetics store energy as they bear the runner’s weight. Such engineering has come to save and change the lives of the amputees.

3D Models

In the past, anatomy has been difficult especially in analyzing and illustration of body systems. Nowadays, surgeons can study through the 3D models. The advantage of this is that the models are near accurate and provide a clear illustration of the body system. The capability of seeing and fully understanding the human body could be the significant difference in medicine and surgery. Such knowledge could determine whether to amputate a patient’s limb or do something different. Moreover, 3D printers are being used in other healthcare ventures. Hearing aids come from the modification of some fiber to assist the hearing impaired. Dental facilities need the models to demonstrate and illustrate the dental composition. Dental health issues such as cavities and plaques are better understood using the models. Implanted devices is a result of the efforts between engineering and technology.

Electroceuticals

With the development of bioelectronics, medicine uses tech gadgets to detect and carefully moderate the electrical activity in the central nervous system. This advanced technology can detect an abnormal complication that requires immediate attention, which is done by diagnosing the neural signals to a specific organ. Nerve blocking or nerve stimulating gadgets have been implanted into patients to regulate the number of neural signals being transmitted. This can introduce change in organ function, cure diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, and colitis. Alphabet, Google’s parent company, initiated a merger with British pharmaceutical firm GlaxoSmithKline in the manufacture of bioelectronic medications. The partnership saw an investment worth $700m in a contract of seven years, the venture was then named Galvani Bioelectronics.

Diabetic Devices

Over the recent years, diabetic people have had it rough especially when testing their glucose levels. The integration of Internet of Things and healthcare has seen the sector reap significant benefits. The innovation and invention of the Glucowise product was a smart way to check blood glucose levels without perforation of the skin. Also, Google and Novartis have collaborated to launch a contact lens which will measure blood sugar levels found in tears. The project could turn out to be a breakthrough in the healthcare industry.

Telemedicine

Handling of information has become troublesome considering the massive amounts of data. The setting up of automated platforms has helped narrow the bridge between the patients and the medical staff. Minor complications can be cleared via online manipulation. Also, the use of blockchain may be useful in the maintenance of such websites. The International Statistical Classification of diseases is the innovation strategy that comprises of over 14,000 different codes worldwide, allowing both patients and insurance companies to bill each other in a faster and safer manner. In the United States, the classification is more complicated, numbers were rising to 76,000 methods in which claim and compensation can be done.

Conclusion

Communication has proved vital especially when the doctor is delegating to multiple patients at the same time. A teleconference can be one way of improvising the communication channel. Applications like Skype can be used for such utilities. The integration of technology has frog marched the revolution of healthcare. Fiber-optic cables in the hospitals are necessary for the internet connection. Technology combined with engineering has skyrocketed the healthcare system into advancements, essential as many lives are now away from danger

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