Sci-fi books and movies have long predicted what’s coming in the world of medicine. Technologies that we have only seen in movies before are now transforming our everyday lives. In Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, the doctor gave the elderly woman a pill and she grew a new kidney. Although scientists have not yet reached that far, Elly Kleinman, Founder, and CEO of the Americare Companies says that many futuristic devices we see in the movies are quickly becoming reality.
Exoskeletons, bionic eyes, and robots might sound like something from the future but these medical wonders of tomorrow’s world are actually being used today. Given the breakthroughs of recent years, even the most fantastic of literary inventions seem quite possible.
From machine learning AI that can predict patient lifespan to devices that can turn your skin cells into any organ, scientists are developing a number of ideas which can expand the limits of medicine and redefine public health strategy. However, unless you read scientific journals and technology reviews, it’s pretty easy to miss out on the most promising tech from the health sciences. So here Elly Kleinman shares some of the best recent breakthrough techs that could change the way we think about medicine and health.
Organ Tissue Grown in Lab
New technologies might be able to restore the function of human organs or replace them entirely. Nanofilters that act as an artificial kidney and might soon replace dialysis are a good example. Elly Kleinman believes growing organs from a patient’s stem cells will be the solution for transplantation waiting lists. Growing organs in Petri dishes still sounds surreal, but scientists have recently demonstrated beating human hearts can be grown from stem cells.
Medical Diagnosis at Home
Up until recently, certain technologies were only available at the doctor’s office. When these traditional technologies become available to the general public, they will bring healthcare to our homes. More than 50 years ago, the Star Trek series conceptualized a small medical device that could diagnose every condition by swiping over the patients’ body. In 2012, real-world scientists launched the tricorder in a Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize competition. This gadget has the ability to diagnose 10 required conditions which could one day improve medical treatment.
Sensors that Teach us about Our Own Body and Health
Even if you’ve been taking care of your body all your life, until now, success was mostly random without instant feedback and data. Today, sensors can measure our health parameters, granting us insight into our exercise habits, sleep quality, stress levels or brain activity during meditation. As Elly Kleinman explains, this means we can draw conclusions like never before.