Around a decade a go I watched the brilliant David Crawford MD give a speech about the future of medicine and some of the technological advancements which we’’d be likely to see. Scarily enough Dr Crawford was on the money about so many of those things and we have certain treatments, machinery and processes which he saw coming even back then. I was thinking about this the other day and considered what the future of the medicine may look like in another 10 years, and here is where I think that we are headed.
Dr Crawford alluded to the future of artificial intelligence during that speech but conceded that it would still be a long way off and he was right. We now know that robots can play a key role in medicine and we are already beginning to see this in the early stages. The future of robotics in medicine is incredibly exciting and there are a range of tasks which they will be able to do. WE have seen trials of human operated robots which can perform surgery on patients, remotely controlled by a surgeon far away. The benefit of that of course would be that the best surgeons could help people all over the world. We have also seen robots taking over the administration of medicine allowing nurses to be less overwhelmed. The future of robots in medicine is very exciting.
Something which we are certainly going to see in the near future is the implementation of video calling for doctors which will allow the hospitals to have less pressure and free up space. The number of patients which go to hospital when it is not required is alarmingly high and that is why we need to try implement some technology which can help to fix this. A GP appointment via video call is the perfect way to do this, doctors will be able to see many patients in a short space of time, they will also be able to offer advice to the patients and advise on whether or not they need to go and seek help in the hospital.
It may be a controversial subject but we are already seeing smart chips get developed which could very well help a wide variety of people to manage their bodies. The first which we have seen is for sufferers of diabetes who can have a machine installed into their bodies, with a small chip which will manage the amount of insulin in their bodies. This will then be managed from a smartphone and allow the sufferer to easily manage their treatment. In the future we could certainly see bio-chips which are installed in the body and can help with cholesterol or blood pressure, perhaps even nutrient management as well.
These are my 3 picks for the future of medicine, inspired by the brilliant Dr. Crawford, what do you think the future of medicine looks like?
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