Tech and Health: How Technology is Transforming Modern Day Healthcare


Healthcare is one of the growing industries this year due to the pandemic. Many people are relying on the industry to keep themselves safe from the virus. This is why the industry is expected to reach a trillion dollars by the next few years. Currently, it is sitting on $800 billion in market value with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 18%. That’s pretty huge if you compare it to other billion-dollar industries out there. However, this growth rate isn’t possible without the help of technology.

The healthcare industry is an industry dependent on technology. Many functions in hospitals wouldn’t be possible if the technology isn’t around to help out. Additionally, without technology, the pandemic would have been so much worse. Many doctors would have been infected or quit due to a tremendous amount of stress. This is the same for other healthcare workers too. So with this being said, here are some of the best healthcare devices this year.

Virus-Killing Robots

If you ask people before, robots seem like something that we can only find tucked away deep into the future. Maybe something that we can casually have once we’ve reached the Star Wars or Star Trek era of human civilization. But actually, robots have been around for as long as we can remember. The first-ever invented robot was actually in the 1950s. Although this particular robot’s function was limited, it helped many people understand the concept of having a robot.

Right now, we have many kinds of robots working for us. And right now, they are becoming our first line of defense against the virus. Many companies part of the electronics industry are developing robots that can kill viruses. That’s right, robots that can literally combat viruses. Although these robots may not have zappy-eyes or thermonuclear lasers to fight these viruses, they use something more traditional, known to many as ultraviolet light.

LG’s CLOi is one of these modern robots known to find harmful bacteria and viruses that have infiltrated your home. The robot is known to roam around and zap these microbial enemies of man out of existence. However, CLOi isn’t the only one on the field for this kind of service. Violet, invented by professionals from the Trinity Robotics and Innovation Lab, is known to do the same thing, but this time, it hunts down the COVID-19 virus, specifically. It used to function as a robot to treat loneliness in homes of the aged, but new upgrades to the robot have given it the ability to kill the COVID-19 virus.

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Drone-Delivery Systems

Much like robots, drones seem to be something that is out of sci-fi fiction. However, drones delivering much-needed medical supplies to hospitals and healthcare areas worldwide are becoming a thing.

There is one thing that drones can do that the traditional delivery systems of today can’t: they can fly. This means no traffic, no potential accidents, and no delays. And since they don’t need anyone to personally pilot them, drones can make these deliveries whenever medical professionals need them. However, the area they can cover is limited, so the best thing they can do is deliver much-needed medical supplies between hospitals. But improvements in their systems mean that they will eventually travel for longer periods and cover more land. Before we know it, drones will be a part of our airspace, delivering medical supplies casually between healthcare centers.

Smart Health Devices

Smart health devices have been around for quite some time, but they are making a significant impact now because of their integration with home devices. Nowadays, many Americans own smart homes. These homes are known to function alongside smart devices. These devices are known to increase the comfortability of people who use them. For instance, you can now have an automatic heater in your children’s room, so you wouldn’t need to stand up and manually turn on the heater during cold winter nights. These devices can save you a lot of money in the long run. The best part of it all is that these devices can also manage and report your family’s health! You can hand out smart bands and watches to family members to monitor their health. This is especially important if you have an elderly living in your home. The device can report to you any emergencies that may happen.

Here are some of the best technological advancements that the healthcare industry has this year. These devices only show us a glimpse into the future, where robots, drones, and smart devices are all helping us live long and healthy lives.

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