Digitalisation of Healthcare


I remember when the Nokia phones were the kings of the market, and I had bought my phone, back in college for just 5k, fast forward three years, and we saw Nokia out of market and Samsung came up with android, and many other brands adopted a the new platform for apps and media. Amazing how things changed. From not being able to send multimedia messages to video chat which made our lives easier with long distances.

It is simply inevitable to say that man and machine are bound to reach a point called singularity, where you can not distinguish between a human and a machine. The rate at which technology is developing, it is exponential.

So here are few topics which is changing the world as we know it.

Machine Learning

It’s a scientific study of algorithms which the computers use to understand or tp perform a task without using a set of explicit instructions. It depends on patterns and inferences more. Supervised machine learning is something in which the past data is utilised to do a predictable future events. After taking sufficient training the system is able to give new inputs for an event.

Why is machine learning important ?

Data is everything these days, its the age of information and using the information is how we have succeeded. To analyse a bigger data without the human intervention and getting to opportunities where more profit is involved is exactly why machine learning is important. Some of the useful areas in healthcare can be personalised medication, medical imaging technology, drug discovery and manufacturing, smart health records.

Perhaps to predict a biowarfare could be one of the greatest achievement, finding out if there can be a disease outbreak, or a major attack.

The Bionic Human

The Future of Prosthetics

For me when I think of a war, i think of missing limbs and loosing the chance to do something what you liked doing, like walking, running, enjoying playing music, or it could be like playing video games. There are even some infections or conditions which can ruin a person’s legs and hands for whole life, and they will have to be amputated or removed. Amputation is common in patients with diabetes , when they get a gangrene in the foot, and likewise when the part of a body becomes too infected it will have to be removed.

A lost limb doesn’t grow back, and here comes the use of prosthetics. Every year science is coming closer to the point where we can have bionic arms which can mimic the human touch and perceptions. Even in the ancient times there are some cases from archaeological evidences about the Greeks, Egyptians, and Romans using some prosthetics.

Two challenges we are facing today are the design of the limb and the second is to make the limb move with the thought or with our conscious effort.

The most advanced prosthetics can be controlled to some degree but not like the movies.

Myoelectricity helps in controlling the movements to some extent. The remaining muscles can produce electrical signals and make the limb move , therefore the user can learn some movements too. This tech is more suited for upper body parts than the lower ones, because of problems like stress on the stump area of the limb .

It seems in the future the new tech of inserting the system in the body will gain more momentum. The process of osseointegration seems to be the upcoming experiment.

I think in the coming days the acceptance to live with prosthetics will increase more because of man and machine relationship.

Apps

mHealth or mobile health has increasingly become popular amongst users because of the easy accessibility and the user interface which makes it more interactive and fascinating. The market is flooded now with smart bands which the users can wear and monitor heart rate , calories and the amount of steps taken.

Apps and mobiles will develop faster because for powerful apps to run we need powerful devices. It was estimated that the app market was worth 77 billion dollars in 2017, and it is the fastest growing segment in the economy.

FDA has even approved some of the mobile apps, because the app thing doesn’t really shows sign of stopping down or slowing down. FDA is collaborating with experts in this field and also it fosters developing and implementing new strategies for this field to grow. This also allows growth and employment in the area.

In the coming era, it’s possible that the apps will interact with users more in a complex manner to collect and interpret results. Tracking down hearth rhythms, calories and pulse rate has already been surpassed.

Apps will now soon be connected to medical devices too, like insulin pens and some wearable devices which are needed continuously to monitor health. Its like how the tech companies want different platforms to be connected to keep the data transfer smoother.

Nevertheless we are living in the most exciting time, with the social media on the rise and how fast tech is changing, it will be awesome to see how the world changes, and we hope it’s for the good.

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