Technology has penetrated every aspect of human lives – in homes, offices, trade and commerce and all businesses. It is thus not surprising that the healthcare industry which spends billions of dollars annually on research and development and innovations has been one of the first off the blocks. Advanced tools and technologies and state of the art equipment has given the health care sector a cutting edge advantage and has ensured that top level treatments are available to the common man at affordable prices.
What are some of the benefits of technology in health care?
The first is that treatments have become less complicated and painful. A few examples will illustrate this point better. Just think about facial skin rejuvenation and restoration procedures. Even a few decades back, it required lengthy surgical procedures coupled with prolonged recuperation periods. Elimination of fine lines and wrinkles and sagging skin meant having to go under the surgeon’s scalpel.
Not anymore! For instance, a look at the latest machines imported and distributed by Universal Medical Aesthetics in Australia will prove this point. Their IPL hair removal machine and Laser based machines have made hair removal as well as skin freshening and restoration very effective and convenient. A hand held device that emits beams of light is held on the targeted area. These penetrate the surface of the skin and boosts production of collagen. This is the substance that accounts for a fresh and youthful look and makes the skin taut and tight. Fine lines and wrinkles and acne marks and hyper-pigmentation are all successfully treated.
Fat reduction is another area that has been favourably affected by advancements in the health care sector. Here too, procedures have moved away from surgical interventions to those that can be completed in under an hour. Consider the case of Cryolipolysis or fat freezing. The skin and fat from target area is pinched up by vacuum cups and placed between two cooling plates. The temperature is then gradually reduced to between -1 to -4 degree Celsius. This breaks up the fat into tiny particles which are then disposed off by the body’s natural waste removing systems. During this period, a patient can read a book or listen to music – the experience is so relaxing. For more information on fat reduction, visit https://www.universalipl.com.au/fat-reduction/.
Tattoo removal has really been revolutionised by technological advancements in healthcare. Even a decade back it required surgical treatments and was a very painful process. Today, laser based machines have made it very easy. Light beams vibrating at nanoseconds are targeted at the tattoo. These travel below the skin and break up the ink into small particles which are then disposed off by the body’s waste removal system. The whole treatment plan is spread out over several sessions. After each of them, the ink fades a little more until the tattoo is fully eliminated. Every session is done after the soreness on the skin from the previous one has fully healed. This takes about a month. Hence the whole cycle may take up to a year depending on the colour of the ink and the density of design. Black is easy to remove while the blues and greens take longer.
Similarly, there are many other Internet based devices that have taken the world by storm. Wearables for health monitoring are one such example. All health parameters can be stored in these devices and used for monitoring personal fitness parameters. Then there are the smart phones and tablets with relevant apps developed exclusively for the healthcare industry. People living in remote areas can upload health data to specialists in cities who can scan and process the data and recommend the best of treatments. This is what doctors in rural areas are doing today. Data of critical patients including lab reports and ECG are uploaded to critical care specialists who can immediately scan all reports on their monitors and advice the best course of treatments. The patient can then be shifted gradually to more advanced facilities.
Coming back to wearables, the more advanced ones monitor the vitals and perform other functions that can often be the fine dividing line between life and death of the wearer. Parameters that can be tracked include signs of complications related to heart failure, diabetes, or respiratory problems. For diabetics, the food ingested can be entered in the app which will then analyse and inform if a change in diet is necessary at all. These can also raise an alarm if any wide variation in stability of health is noticed.
With advance early warning system devices the number of people requiring emergency medical attention every year is set to set to reduce dramatically, freeing up congestion at health care networks and hospitals.