An Increasingly Symbiotic Relationship
When it comes to technology and medicine, there has always been a close relationship between the two. Medicine is always developing as discoveries are made about the human body. Technology facilitates increased discovery, and increased malleability. The human body is better understood today than perhaps in all history, some pristine golden age notwithstanding.
Yet even in such a place of exceptional understanding, there are still mountains of things modern medicine is unfamiliar with as pertains to the human body. As technological tools like microscopes, cat scan machines, X-rays and MRIs have become mainstream, modern medicine has begun to find that the human body is more complex than was ever realized. Crisper has now come into play, a digital way by which DNA may be manipulated.
Almost certainly, barring any societally damning situation which halts modern progress, this trend is going to continue. Following, several surprising new incarnations of technology will be explored to help show just how intrinsic the relationship is between modern medicine and today’s technological developments.
The Cloud, IoT, And Big Data
With IoT, or The Internet of Things, the web has realistically and poetically attained a new dimension. It is everywhere; in your car, phone, computer, fridge, garage, HVAC system, lighting, EKG machine, surveillance—and the list goes on. IoT can make it possible for a nurse on duty to be notified immediately when a patient’s vitals fluctuate.
Such notification can be vital in saving lives, but this is only the tip of the IoT iceberg. Cloud computing has decentralized computing to a degree, making it possible for businesses to securely store data in a decentralized server-array serving multiple clients with greater speed and security than internal options would allow.
IoT devices are facilitating computational processing arrays much like the cloud, but incorporating smaller devices. This is called edge computing, and allows for operations like hospitals to essentially operate their own private cloud locally simply through use of available devices.
Between IoT, cloud computing, and edge computing, it becomes possible for hospitals to design a wider “net” of data, which can identify medical trends and help pinpoint causes of common disorders, leading to greater cures and treatments; both of which being informed by solid data. This is called “Big Data”, and it is revolutionizing our understanding of mankind, and the world in general.
Something else technology like the cloud is making possible concerns care decentralization. Hospitals can arrange for checkups wherein the patient need never leave their home. Basically, telecommuting can now provide those in medical need with access to professionals who may never see them otherwise.
Not only do they get care they may not have been able to afford otherwise, but it’s more convenient. Through web-enabled telemedicine solutions, even third-world countries are apt to experience medical service solutions which otherwise may not have been possible. As the web continues to become more integral to our lives, the level and quality of telemedicine will likewise expand.
This will eventually move on to a total medical package wherein you can step into a machine, have yourself scanned, then receive the advice of a remote practitioner, and any related medicines. At least, that’s the nigh-Utopian ideal; but with today’s tech, all of these dreams are technically possible; the question is whether or not infrastructural implementation can be achieved.
Development Of Better Medical Equipment
Moore’s Law is a precept discovered by Gordan Moore in 1965. Basically, he observed that computational capability doubles on itself at 18-month intervals. Accordingly, that which can be developed from computationally-derived design and management compounds as well. This is where 3-D printers come from.
There are multiple types of 3-D printers out there, and they’ve been refined to the point that as a product they are now essentially mainstream. In terms of medicine, a combination of computational development and 3-D printing techniques makes it possible for medical institutions to design precisely the components they need.
Sometimes the requirements of specific conditions are so unique that only equipment specifically designed to address the issue will work. Technology comes to the rescue here through a variety of modern techniques which make development of such components swift and effective.
Groups like Weiss-Aug offer comprehensive services to diverse industries; according to the site: “Whether a part requires stitching of terminals, molding of multiple inserts simultaneously, laser welding, or wire attachment, we can help you with the proper assembly methods for your program…especially when required in the automotive or medical device market…”
Increasingly Effective Medical Solutions
You can expect that certain medical conditions which may previously have been considered incurable will soon be problems of the past. As epigenetics, crisper, and computational tech continue their forward relationship, more discoveries will be made which lead to greater health facilitation.
There is an interesting, and considerable, collateral here. As such data becomes known, it is necessarily deposited online, where it becomes disseminated throughout the world. A side effect of technology being intrinsically linked to medicine is that medical procedures previously only possible in the confines of a medical facility may now be something which can be performed by more amateur practitioners.
What this means is that, though it’s certainly better to acquire care from professionals, that which is medically controversial or inconclusive in terms of effectiveness may be avoided while that which is effective may be pursued. Pharmaceutical hegemony, as well as unnecessary tests, could very conceivably diminish in the near future.
Certainly it’s impossible to predict what’s going to happen in the future. Sometimes medical breakthroughs literally seem to break through into our present dimensionality from some location beyond. Sometimes medical breakthroughs happen by accident. But technological advances today are compounding the instances of breakthroughs, and it’s very likely this trend will continue.
Hospitals on the cutting edge are poised to make some astonishing discoveries pertaining to the human body. The more deeply we dig, the more we find makes up these wonderful machines inside which live our consciousnesses.
And while old truths remain as they did—things like eating right and exercising regularly being key to health—we are now seeing insights into trends through Big Data and the like which were never visible before. In terms of medical practice, you shouldn’t feel limited by old information—and as a patient, you’ve got more options today than ever before. All in all, the relationship between modern medicine and technology looks very good right now.