Technology and Health - How Can Innovative Products Improve The Quality Of Life?
Nowadays, technology and health go hand in hand. Not only does science make access to health easier and quicker, but it also allows us to improve our overall wellbeing, lower the costs of healthcare, and shorten wait times.
Do you want to know-how can groundbreaking products improve the quality of your life? Keep on reading and find out how technology and health work together to bring you these interesting inventions that will make your life easier:
- Hybrid Closed-Loop Insulin Delivery System
Also known as “the artificial pancreas”, the hybrid closed-loop insulin delivery system is one of the most groundbreaking inventions of the last few years.
This interesting system was approved in 2016 by the FDA for the management of Type 1 Diabetes. It is a fully automated insulin delivery system that links a glucose monitor with an insulin pump. And what does this mean? You might wonder. Well, for diabetic patients, it is equal to a great improvement in their quality of life because they don´t need to keep testing and managing their insulin levels themselves via more invasive (and painful) methods.
In fact, studies have actually shown that the "artificial pancreas" steadies the blood glucose levels, and even drops A1C levels by half. As such, this revolutionary invention will help enrich the lives of many diabetic patients, and it's the perfect example of how technology and health are made for each other.
- 5G Mobile technology
If you, like many of us, don´t like visiting your doctor at all, don´t worry. The days where your doctor will visit you instead are near. Well, at least virtually. Believe it or not, but the 5G enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB) might actually save you a trip to the doctor in the near future.
But how will the 5G mobile technology improve our lives? Easy, in this day and age of hyper-connectivity, the eMBB will allow doctors to study, analyze, and treat more patients and medical data simultaneously, in a more precise, faster, and personalized way. In the future, more and more patients will benefit from this kind of technology.
- Electronics to monitor medicines delivery
Each year, millions of dollars are lost due to unused medicines, and in a world where plastic waste is a big concern, some technologies can actually help us improve the situation on unused or forgotten drugs. And that's not all. If you are one of those who's always forgetting to take their meds, then this might be the solution you're looking for.
Not only the addition of electronics to packages will improve life expectancy by reminding us when to take our medicines, but it will also make hospital management, and medicine's supply chain easier, by only delivering the treatments when they are actually needed.
Yes, we know this all sounds kind of complicated, however, this innovative example of technology and health working together is just around the corner thanks to the likes of M-Connected and the GPS tech that's integrated into some packagings they produce.
All in all, the advent of smart medicine's packaging is a great solution from one of the most important issues in the healthcare sector.
- Smart inhalers
When it comes to asthma treatment, corticosteroids and bronchodilators are the way to go. However, even when they're extremely efficient via an inhalator, not everyone uses them properly. In fact, up to 94 percent of people who use inhalators do it incorrectly!
And what's worse: up to 50 percent of patients with asthma is not well controlled. Could this be because of improper inhalator use? One can only but wonder. With so many asthma patients, it's safe to assume that this is a concerning issue.
But fear not, Bluetooth-enabled smart inhalers are here to help us out. These interesting gadgets are designed to remind patients to use their medication, gather data, encourage proper use of the device, and so on. These smart inhalers also record the date, time, and place that they were used, and whether the correct dose was administered or not.
This way, doctors will gain a better insight into how patients take their treatment and might help them understand which are the causes of a patient's flares.
If you think this sounds too futuristic to be true, we are glad to announce that add-on devices that clip to existing inhalers and send data to a smartphone app do exist and are available as of today.
- Smart light bulbs
Did you know that our sleep patterns can be affected by our light sources? If you didn’t, and are suffering from insomnia, then it might be a good idea to consider changing the way you light up your home.
Nowadays, many smart light bulbs can be found in the market. They're perfect alternatives to more traditional ones since they can adjust their brightness to the time of the day, in order to improve work and help you get more natural sleep patterns.
- Smart menstrual cups
Period worries are a thing of the past now with smart menstrual cups. You're not sure about how much you bleed? Or are you worried about how heavy is your menstrual flow? We have the solution for you!
Using this type of intelligent cup, you can actually measure the amount of flow (and even color!) of your menstrual blood, thanks to the sensors that they have and are integrated with a special smartphone app.
- Intelligent UV patch
Taking care of your skin is always a serious matter. In this case, technology offers UV Patch that lets you know whether you've been in the sun for too long or not. This smart sensor will tell you when it's enough to tan, by analyzing your sun exposure with the corresponding app.
To wrap up
Technology and health are now working together to greatly enhance our wellbeing. It's just a matter of time before all the innovations that we talked about in this article become more widespread than ever, and when that happens, we can assure you that the changes will only be for the better!
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