Both the technology industry and the health field have achieved tremendous advancement in the past few decades and continue to conquer new goals and find faster, better, and more practical solutions to problems daily. Phenomenal feats, like the creation of MRI scanners, dialysis machines, hearing aids, robotic and transplant surgery, self-driving cars, smart appliances, and even entire smart homes, have all been leading up to an even more successful and impressive technology industry. The experts at Rasmussen University recently discussed many of the most promising areas in the future of healthcare technology.


The rollover from paper records to digital record-keeping began decades ago, and its monumental success fueled the drive to advance technologically in countless other areas of the medical field as well. Electronic records have improved accuracy, reliability, safety, and efficiency, and this progress is largely due to the HITECH Act (Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act) that was passed in 2009.


In addition to streamlining various processes and offering more detailed and customized patient information, digital records have also allowed for more personalized and effective treatment. Wearable devices and other digital tools, like glucose monitors, insulin pumps, step counters, heart rate monitors, and many others, make diagnoses and treatment options quicker, easier, and more accessible.


Telehealth was another incredible breakthrough in the health field, creating options and solutions that were never before possible. Virtual healthcare has eliminated the tedious hours patients waste in waiting rooms, and it provides them with remote access to doctors, specialists, counselors, and other medical professionals directly. All a patient needs is a connection to the internet and a cellular phone, tablet, or computer to obtain the precise assistance they require, at any time, from any location, even from the comfort and convenience of home.


Existing in today’s reality and not in some distant, science fiction future, artificial intelligence, robotics, and augmented reality are already prevalent in the medical world. The progress of surgical technology can currently be seen in infrared blood flow monitors, virtual 3D reconstruction and other automated surgical preparation, implantable devices, and more. Luckily, experts predict that the future consists of humans’ capabilities and achievements being enhanced by technology, rather than being replaced by it altogether, and these breakthroughs are just the beginning.