COVID-19 has paved a bright way for telemedicine and to enhance this domain, medical devices play a major role to manage patient conditions in the home scenario. These devices can provide doctors and health practitioners with information that can be used to follow their patient’s progress remotely. Technology is ever-evolving and advancements are always being brought up for betterment of health management system. Here are four medical device trends and how they are impacting the healthcare sector.
- Mobile Health Apps
Going digital using wearable medical tech devices has become an imp aspect of the latest medical device trend. Technical apps on these devices can actually keep the doctors connected by live tracking of the health information being recorded by the device. This helps the process of delaying the follow-up visits. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) mandates that medical faculties must keep the privacy of their patient confidential and app software companies should ensure that no privacy violations are encouraged when patients are using their mobile apps to share their health records and information. One such example of a company abiding with the HIPAA guidelines is Apple and they make sure that information shared between a patient and a physician remains confidential. Moreover, Apple Watch and FitBit might be undergoing the greatest number of advancements with the least of invasive methods.
- Diabetes Tech Advancements
Medical device discussions and diabetes go hand in hand! Diabetes is at the forefront of medical device-based disease to track and monitor. For diabetes patients, daily blood sugar readings required to monitor blood sugar levels are taxing and besides that, external insulin injections or shots are quite usual. This makes the need for a closed-loop delivery system to deliver insulin automatically upon monitoring the levels. The FDA approved the first hybrid artificial pancreas version of the closed-loop system in 2016 and the latest device under testing is known as Control-IQ system which will use algorithms to regulate and adjust insulin dosage automatically for patients so that they do not have to keep reminding themselves for taking an insulin shot.
- Pacemaker Advancements
Pacemaker is a life-saving medical device which is essential but comes with the major inconvenience of surgery for battery replacements. In recent times, technological advancements in the pacemakers have come up for making them MRI-safe and long-lasting battery life to delay the surgery interval. But risk is inevitable during surgery for battery replacements and therefore the advent of rechargeable self-charging pacemaker. Dartmouth College engineers have developed a kit that could harness the heart’s kinetic energy and convert into pacemaker charge.
- Detectors for Heart Failure
ICD (Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator) or CRT-D (Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy Device) are often used for people with high risk of heart failure. Boston Scientific’s HeartLogic device is fitted with sensors to track a patient’s vitals and heart rate, or shortness of breath. This can therefore predict any signs of stroke or heart failure from weeks before any mishap.
As more medical devices are clearing the FDA’s process and the coronavirus pandemic is welcoming such devices to enhance telemedicine services, medical devices are transforming healthcare for the future.
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