The empathy, care, and compassion a doctor shows towards a patient cannot be replaced. Though the medical chatbots and digital assistants are getting ready to create their presence in the doctor’s cabin, they won’t be able to provide the much-needed human touch. However, these technological innovations in healthcare would certainly help doctors deliver their services more efficiently letting them treat a number of patients more accurately. There are some specific medical specialties which would be benefitted tremendously in the future by these technological advances.
Robotics and artificial intelligence are going to make surgeries more accurate and precise. Digital technologies are already making their place on the surgery table and surgeons are making data-driven decisions. The operation theatres in future would be having 3-D high definition vision system, robotic controlled instruments, virtual-reality and surgeons in 100% control of the robotic system to perform the accurate operation in even highly complicated cases.
This medical specialty has already seen significant advancement with the option to peep inside the human gut through colonoscopy and endoscopy. However, the more advanced and accurate system to see the entire GI system right from the mouth to the rectum has been made possible with the invention of PillCam. The patient needs to take this disposable pill which contains a camera and the entire system comes visible to the doctor. It is less complicated and less invasive. Very soon, this technology will be adopted by most of the hospitals.
Oncology needs precision medicine and targeted treatment for accurate results. The developments in genome sequencing and blood biomarkers will lead to the identification of tumor type and their molecular makeup to design a customized treatment plan for cancer patients. Also, research is going on to diagnose tumors with blood sampling which will help in early detection of the disease and early treatment.
Ophthalmology will display the fictious role of technology coming to reality very soon. Lasik surgery and the use of contact lenses are already making the lives of people with poor eyesight easier. But now, the integration of artificial intelligence, retinal implants, and multi-sensor contact lenses will revolutionize the area of diabetic eye care. The lenses with ultra slim microchip would even measure the patient’s glucose level and would send data to the software. There would also be cheap sensors and apps that would help in the diagnosis of eye conditions.
#5. General Practice
General physicians have to perform some repetitive and compulsory studies before targeting the actual issue of a patient. The digital assistants and medical chatbots would help the patients get their vitals done and would help get their queries answered about certain medicines and general illnesses. Through artificial intelligence, the patients would be able to get a solution of their common symptoms. The wearable devices and sensors would help doctors prevent serious illnesses in their patients by suggesting precautions and medicines on time.
There are other specialities also, like radiology, emergency medicines, drug rehabilitation, paediatrics, and dermatology where artificial intelligence will play a significant role in connecting the patients to the doctors from remote locations for quick action and treatment. The preventive care will be at boom reducing the emergency healthcare needs that require more time, effort, and money to deliver proper care. The future seems to be an era of more managed and digitally enabled healthcare with technology at the core.