Over the past twenty years, technology has exponentially expanded into many fields. Healthcare industries have especially benefited from technological advances. Ever-increasing data is being collected about our bodies. There are medical breakthroughs all the time, creating innovations all around us being used to make medical diagnoses. We will explore some of these trends today.
Healthy Habit Tracking
You may have seen it on your friend's wrist, or you may even be wearing one yourself. Habit tracking technologies such as FitBits are ever popular among the health conscious. These biotech inventions can track how many steps you have taken today, your heart rate, and even your sleeping patterns. By monitoring these habits, you can more precisely identify where your gaps are, and how you can improve on those gaps. Long gone are the days where you will wonder when you last exercised. The proof will be on your phone.
Genetic Predispositions for Health
Modern science has identified that some people are more susceptible to certain illnesses due to their genetics. As of recently, these include genetic predispositions to Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's, and probably the one that has seen a lot of press lately, breast cancer. By being able to identify what you are susceptible to due to your genetics, you can take the necessary precautions such as seeing the doctor sooner for screenings. Genetic testing can also identify specific allergies, and genetic carrier statuses, such as sickle cell anemia. These have been life-changing in improving quality of life, and family planning.
Telemedicine for Improved Healthcare Access
Access to a physician can be difficult for many people, especially those who work during doctor's office hours or those who have limited physical mobility. With the advent of video-conferencing and smartphones, telemedicine or telehealth is changing how we see healthcare. While many people still see their doctors in person, the option for remote consultations via telemedicine technologies provides a layer of convenience and comfort.
Hundreds of years of established medical science have identified that certain illnesses are predictable based on some select factors. The extensive collection of data in medicine allows us to predict, and in some cases even medically diagnose patients. This can result in fewer errors and faster treatment.
BioTech trends are changing medicine, from an individual every-day scale to a worldwide scale. If you want to benefit from these wonderful medical technologies, make sure you have a trustworthy insurance company on your side!
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