Technology in the medical world
When we look at the healthcare industry, there are a lot of possibilities for improving and better monitoring the patients. Google is already working on real life communication between the patient and a medical expert. Using a video connection the patient can be helped. But that is not what I want to talk about. Let’s talk about Philips, most of the people know this company because of the televisions or lightning technology.
But Philips is no stranger to the healthcare industry. This October a new device with LED light, which let you treat your skin diseases will be introduced in the Netherlands, Germany and United Kingdom. But Philips is diving further into the medical world. The company developed a gadget for COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) sufferers. This gadget is continuously gathering diagnostic data like heart rate, respiratory function and physical activity and/or inactivity. All of the data is collected on this sensor and transferred to the patient’s mobile device and uploaded to a cloud-based healthcare repository.
These ‘gadgets’ are just three examples of the fact, that seeing doctors is not always necessary anymore. Will the medical world develop in a technical way that appointments with doctors will disappear and eventually the doctors themselves disappear? Of course, the doctors should diagnose the physical problems, but the these three developments show that the role of the doctor is not as important as it was. Every week an appointment for just checking on you is not the most fun part to do for both the doctor and the patient.
Is the medical world ready for this technological developments? You should ask yourself whether the patients will trust the technology. Of course it is way more convenient and easier for the patient, but do you want to be dependent on technology?
I think there is a long way to go for the medical world to be totally ‘technology based’. With the pace of the developments it is very likely that even the diagnosing of the medical problems can be done without doctors. But I cannot believe that doctors will not play any role in the near future, mainly because of the fear of technology dependency. People are afraid and want the security of a medical expert. Do you guys think the medical world is ready for these technological developments?