With the influence of technology growing ever so rapidly in today’s world, the landscape of medicine and its practices have also started to change for the better. Countries all over the globe have realized and acted upon this.
In this article, we look at some healthcare technology advancements.
1. Heart in a box
Heart transplants have been a thing for quite some time, and with improved treatment methods, the success rates have started to get better. This has resulted in patients being able to prevent infections successfully. But since the number of available donors is less compared to the number of patients that need transplants, doctors have always taken measure to ensure that a strict evaluation is taken place as to decide who must undergo the operation. Another challenge that health providers face is adequate storage for the hearts yet to be transplanted. The organs were usually placed in cold storages, but a better way, called warm perfusion has been found which allows the heart as well as the lungs to function outside of the body.
2. Pacemakers that do not use lead
Pacemakers were first created to record heart sounds that were fast, and it was invented by Dr. Wilson Greatbatch in the 60s. It was created when the wrong resistor was plugged into the circuit and the pulse set for 1.8 seconds stopped for only 1 second before repeating. Greatback realized what he had created, and it wasn’t long before he made the pacemaker itself. Today, there are companies such as Medtronic that have focused on the reduction of infections that come with transvenous pacemakers called the Micra. St. Jude has also made a pacemaker which does the same called Nanotism.
3. Chip organs
Wyss Institute has come up with microchips that are capable of replacing organs. This is done by mimicking the functions that are done by organs in a very efficient manner. Said chips also do not need traditional animal testing, which is one facet in medicine that can take years on end. Each chip also features microfluidic channels that are hallow. These devices can also be used to study the workings of various organs in a better light.
Although 3D printing has been around for a long time, it was mostly restricted to manufacturing. A method called stereolithography where different materials are fused by adding the layers one after the other has made itself known to the medical world where they are now used to make prosthetics. It is safe to say that this technology has the potential to change how the pharmaceutical world functions for good.