Healthcare is a constantly changing field where technology, human interaction, and innovation all play key roles. Of course we can’t predict the future, but we can give a look to some of the newest technology coming out that may have a huge impact on how patients and healthcare professionals interact. Over the next month, we’ll also look at how gamified programs, tracking apps, and Kickstarter may be making their mark on healthcare. However, we’ll also be discussing the critical component of patient care and compassion, as it is a core value in our practice.
Uber is a new mobile app that allows drivers and riders to connect on demand. Drivers post when their ride is available for hire. People looking for a ride can jump into a ride with no reservation required. It’s an interesting technology that’s seeing a lot of growth in metropolitan areas for its ease of use and low cost. It also has some professionals discussing the implications for healthcare. Could Uber provide a model that could be used for on-demand health care delivery? As writers on KevinMD.com note, the system could become useful if considered carefully, with full thought given to the central medical “home” where care will take place. It’s an intriguing idea that should receive much discussion in the coming months and years.
Robots for good
Runway fancy robots created quite a stir at the recent CES conference in Las Vegas. As MedCityNews reports, three robots in particular show promise for use in a children’s hospital. Sphero is a waterproof and shockproof robot that contains games for children to play, and also allows children to program it to do even more things. Linkbots are a fun alternative for math, with visual learning software to teach children algebra. Finally, Remebio promises to help children with autism develop their social skills, while also video taping interactions for better diagnoses.
Google Glass for wound care
Google Glass is a computer worn like glasses (see image). It allows you to take pictures, record videos, ask questions, and share what you see with others. One start-up, Pristine EyeSight, has introduced Google Glass for help with wound care and treatment. HIPAA compliant real-time audio and video would connect nurses for front-line emergency care with physicians for a video consult during treatment. Using Google Glass allows the nurse to keep both hands ready for patient care, while staying connected.
These are just a few of the ways that newer technologies are helping us all rethink our current healthcare model. Have you heard of any other interesting examples of this?
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