5 Innovations that are re-shaping the future of medicare..
'Any type of ‘change’ in life defines progress and challenges.’
'Change' holds the same principle even in the healthcare sector. It makes no exceptions. While technology has been wholeheartedly embraced by medicare, innovations do come with challenges in the healthcare industry. Be it a new drug or a new type of face mask, each product is subject to equal chances of progress and challenges. Side-effects, prolonged trials, patient’s dilemmas are all challenge points on the map.
However, the fear of the ‘unknown’ or ‘new’ isn’t something the healthcare professionals and researchers sign in for. Technology has been revolutionising the medicare sector in a myriad of ways.
At Kleio + MediCare™, we’ve compiled a list of promising innovations that have surpassed challenges and brought great progress in the healthcare industry.
1. From online consultations to virtual reality
You must have been familiarised with online/tele-consultations with doctors in this quarter. Initially, it did create hiccups for doctors & patients. How does one sign up? How does the e-waiting room work? The patients’ general and understandable doubts and skepticism. By now, people are accustomed and comfortable with the idea of it for smaller issues such as a small rash or a minor backache. But ‘small’ doesn’t mean no progress. In the era of social distancing, if a certain percentage of activities can be successfully addressed through screens – this is major progress. The patients’ dealing with severe conditions can instead be occupying physical clinic premises, thus lifting off crowding pressures and logistics.
Taking the leap from ‘online’ to ‘virtual’ is another successful spectrum. One area it is majorly used in is to treat anxiety, phobias or stress. Through VR headsets, the patient is transported to the environment that triggers the response (behavioural therapies). Universities are already investing in augmented reality for students to study anatomy on accurate and detail-oriented apps instead of real dead bodies.
The research is ongoing for surgeons to use VR for conducting operations. Studies by Harvard Business Review indicate that VR-trained surgeons hold a 230% boost in performance compared to the traditional-trained surgeons.
2. Pills that are controlled wirelessly and work on commands
Size matters in medicare too. ‘Small’ is desirable. We’re in the era of nanomedicine, wherein nano devices work wonders. Heard about a camera in a pill? Most of us would know that for a friendly-colonoscopy, small pills are used such as the PillCam.
Another smart, electronic and ingestible capsule actually works on commands. Yes, mister! While being controlled in a wireless fashion, it releases drugs basis commands especially in cases where drugs have to be administered over a long course of time (Researchers at MIT, Draper, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital). It can also help in cases wherein patients need to maintain a strict dose regime without any faltering. These pills can make the stomach as their abode for at least one month.
3. Gadgets that do great good: The Physician’s Medical Tricorder
We had only seen it in the movies - one device that scans all basic vitals. But today, the medial tricorder is a physician’s hands-on wand in reality. While it’s not completely on the mass market, research shows as to how consumers can use it for self-diagnosis in a non-invasive manner. Similar devices are being worked upon such as the camera-led MedWand to measure multiple parameters. Next, the BioSticker is FDA-cleared single-use device which helps measure parameters like heart rate, temperature of skin and enters territories like sleep and gait.
Medicare in Singapore has adopted a lot of such gadgets. In order to measure ECG, oxygen saturation or blood pressure there is a device which is the size of your palm – the Viatom Checkme Pro.
On the consumer self-usage level, the Fitbit’s, muse headbands all work on similar technologies to track sleep, heart rates, etc.
4. Biodegradable - Kleio + MediCare™ Reusable Natural Latex Respirator Masks
Worldwide Litter pollution (land and marine) is a growing concern with disposable masks and gloves. Reusable face masks are geared with sustainability in mind. Reusable masks omit out another major concern arising from disposable masks (i.e., if disposable masks aren’t discarded properly or covered- they can hold potential virus spread chances).
Kleio + MediCare™ Reusable Natural Latex Respirator Masks rank high on filtration levels and breathability. Natural Latex, an eco-friendly material - allows one to comfortably wear the mask for a longer period of time, thus reducing chances of ‘constant adjustments through hands’. In addition, natural fibres in these masks materials are a biodegradable solution, a more sustainable approach to mask wearing in current times. The masks also boasts of a Bacteria Filtration Efficiency (BFE) of 99.96% and a Particulate Filtration Efficiency (PFE) of 95.83% for particles as small as PM0.1 - and has been tested & certified by TÜV SÜD PSB under recommended guidelines of the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) of Singapore.
5. Sequencing of Genome: Diet based on your genetic code
Have you imaged the power to plan ahead? When a test can give you crucial data like sensitivity towards a drug, lactose intolerances, potential medical or genetic conditions, family history – all can help an individual plan so much right from pregnancy to even diets.
A segment of this termed ‘nutrigenomics’ is an amalgamation of genomics, nutrition and diet. For instance, Habit analyses genetic codes of a person in order to suggest best diets. So, keen to know what’s the best diet for you, basis your code?
At Kleio + MediCare™, we emphasise on quality, compliant, innovative healthcare and well-being. We constantly provide innovative products and research to establish a holistic approach to health. We are working towards a future of sustainable standard of health and living for all communities. Feel free to get in touch with us (firstname.lastname@example.org) about your requirements, geared with goals of growth and improvement in healthcare, and we’ll be glad to design relevant solutions for you.