By 2030, 171 million Americans will have some form of chronic disease, and the U.S. will face a shortage of up to 104,900 physicians.
Healthcare workers will have to find a way to keep up with growing needs, but new technologies are emerging to help.
Developing AI technologies could more quickly and accurately diagnose:
Virtual visits with doctors, nurses, or other healthcare specialists through communication technology (e.g. video conferencing, messaging, mobile apps):
Using virtual healthcare practices for annual patient visits would save:
Attitudes about virtual care:
Nanomedicine is the use of nanotechnology and nanodevices to improve medical treatment and diagnosis on an extremely small scale. A nanometer is 1 billionth of a meter; there are 25,400,000 nanometers in an inch.
Smaller drugs and more precise delivery systems will allow doctors to:
Since 1995, 50 nanopharmaceuticals have received FDA approval.
VR for healthcare worker training:
VR for physical and mental health:
New printers can create medical tools using any buildable material, from plastic to stem cells:
The most commonly used robot-assisted systems are cameras and mechanical arms with attached surgical tools. These arms are controlled by a surgeon through a nearby computer, where he or she sees an HD, magnified view of the surgical site.
Attitudes toward robot-assisted surgery:
After learning about the benefits, 56% of patients would choose robot-assisted surgery. 18 to 34-year-olds are almost 2x as likely as 45 to 64-year-olds to prefer robot-assisted surgery to traditional surgery.
Technology is revolutionizing medicine from the patient’s home to the operating room一do you know the tools of the trade?