Future Facts: Predictions Of The Medical World And What They Mean For You

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Future Facts: Predictions Of The Medical World And What They Mean For You


In the middle of the 20th century, health scientists believed that it would take five decades for the body of medical knowledge to double in terms of reach and capacity. By the year 2010, that estimate was revised to less than four years. By the end of this decade, medical knowledge is expected to double at least once a year.

The two major medical science breakthroughs that will completely redefine healthcare are stem cell procedures and genetic engineering; these two new treatment methods will likely be widely practiced by 2050. In the meantime, the following predictions are likely to develop in the next few years, and they will have a major impact on the type of healthcare that will be available to you:

Robotic Medical Assistants

The use of robots in medical settings dates back to the 20th century, when they were used in hospitals to dispense medications from the main pharmacy to various inpatient units. Early robots followed optical tracks on the floor to guide themselves and deliver prescriptions that could only be unlocked with certain codes and permissions. In Japan, nursing ward robots can actually help patients get out of bed and move around. A phlebotomy robot is being developed by Silicon Valley engineers for absolute accuracy in drawing blood samples.

Japanese medical robot

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Family Nurse Practitioners

The scope of the nursing profession is being expanded for the benefit of patients in the United States, a country that is expected to be impacted by a shortage of family doctors in 2025. Reforms in nursing education and online fnp programs are encouraging registered nurses to seek Master of Science degrees that will allow them to provide medical care as family nurse practitioners. In the near future, you may be calling these family nurse practitioners "doctor."

Artificial Intelligence

Medical information technology is rapidly expanding thanks to major artificial intelligence entities such as the Watson supercomputer developed by IBM. AI solutions are already parsing medical research studies and helping physicians come up with better patient care solutions. At this time, the National Health Service of the United Kingdom is working with Google DeepMind to improve its ophthalmology services.

In the end, the aforementioned advances are just the tip of the iceberg in terms of medical science. Technology and rapidly advances science is constantly changing the world of medicine and what it means for you. While there is no sure way to determine what the future holds, we can be confident some exciting advances are sure to be on their way.

By  Emma SturgisEmbed

Emma is a freelance writer currently living in Boston. When not writing, she enjoys baking and indoor rock climbing. Find her on Google +.


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