The world of health care is changing. With new technology come new jobs — and new opportunities for entrepreneurs. By 2025, the worldwide market for medical devices is expected to reach $327 billion. We’ve scoured the web to bring you a list of health technology innovations that will change the way doctors treat patients — from 3D printing personalized organs to bettering diagnostics with the help of artificial intelligence.
3D Printing Personalized Organs To Help Cure Diseases
In the future, we’ll be able to print our organs using 3D printers. We’ll be able to print new organs for ourselves or for others that need organ transplants. Organ printing is already happening and is being used to print skin and cartilage for studies.
Educating patients online is one of the top growth areas for health tech startups right now. In the early 2020s, telemedicine will become realistic for patients who want to receive a specific diagnosis from a doctor. Telehealth will become more standard in large countries where doctors live, work, and sleep in offices.
The Rise Of Wearable Health Technology
The wearable health technology industry is expected to grow at a CAGR of 21.5% between 2014 and 2019 and reach $23.1 billion by 2019. Wearable health technology comprises wearable fitness devices, bright clothing and accessories, and other wearable health devices.
Tissue-Printing Organ Tissues
3D bioprinting can be employed to manage the complexities of organ donation and transplantation. “The success of this system lies in the quality of the prints. Using machine vision that incorporates a human anatomy model, 3D bioprinting allows for greater accuracy than traditional methods. Not only does this mean less lean tissue, but it also makes organs more streamlined and portable.
Artificial Intelligence And Telemedicine
Startups like Organovo apply technology to the existing industry by creating a new body outside the human body, the bio-machine. Organovo’s proprietary tissue-like technology allows for creating custom-engineered tissues. Still, these issues are also made from bio-materials, which can then be further refined through chemical and cellular processes without the need for growing organisms outside the body. Plus, all of the cells in these tissues are created using a person’s cells and immune system.
How Video Conferencing Can Improve Doctor-Patient Communication
A study from the University of Pittsburgh found that patients who underwent video conferencing with their doctors had lower blood pressure and anxiety levels and a better understanding of their treatment plans. This will, among other benefits, allow doctors to more easily see trends in their patients’ health with just a few taps on their smartphones.
Here Are Surgical Robots That Exist Today
It seems like these robots are in high demand and are poised to support a new wave of healthcare innovation, especially in the field of minimally invasive surgical robots (the doctor drills into your body one tiny area at a time). New types of avatars mean that many jobs formerly performed by airline pilots, doctors, therapists, and nurses can now be done remotely from home. The development of Animal Crossing inspired avatars is starting to facilitate remote therapy — so much so that Airbnb has embraced the movement and is encouraging hosts to create their virtual pets to help with their daily needs, like bathing, feeding, and caring for them.
Health care is an industry that will only continue to grow in the coming years, thanks to new technology that helps doctors treat their patients better than ever before. It’s a great industry to be in, especially if you’ve got an interest in helping people.