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Five Technology Trends in Healthcare for 2022

  In a recent report by the US "Forbes" biweekly website, it listed five technology trends in the field of healthcare in 2022: telemedicine, personalized medicine, genomics and wearable devices will usher in rapid growth. New and better therapies and services will be developed and delivered by further leveraging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), cloud computing, extended reality and the Internet of Things (IoT).

  Wearables power telemedicine

  Analysts at Deloitte said the proportion of telehealth consultations soared from 0.1% to 43.5% in the first few months of the Covid-19 outbreak, and will increase in the future for obvious reasons - a trend that promises to make more A chance for patients to be saved.

  To achieve this, next-generation wearables are equipped with heart rate, pressure and blood oxygen detectors that allow doctors to accurately monitor patients' vital signs in real time.

During the epidemic, "virtual hospital wards" were established in some places. Doctors used the central communication infrastructure to monitor the treatment of patients in many places. The Pennsylvania Emergency Medicine Center in the United States is developing a more advanced version of "virtual emergency room".

  In 2022, telemedicine approaches will expand into other areas, such as improving the mental health of patients and providing ongoing follow-up care for surgical and critically ill patients.

Robotics and the Internet of Things will play a major role in this trend, for example, smart technology (machine learning) will alert professionals when sensors detect the need for intervention or cameras detect a fall in the elderly at home.

  Extended reality for clinical training and therapy

  Virtual reality (VR) headsets are currently being used to train doctors to understand how the human body works.

VR is also being used in therapy, such as to train children with autism in social and life skills; and to promote cognitive behavioral therapy to help treat chronic pain, anxiety and even schizophrenia.

VR-based therapies have been developed to allow patients to overcome fear and treat psychosis in a safe and non-threatening environment.









  As it stands, "digital twins" of human organs and systems are closer to reality, allowing doctors to explore the causes of disease in different organs and test treatments without the need for expensive human or animal testing.

The "Living Heart" project launched in the United States in 2014 aims to create an open-source "digital twin" of the human heart; a similar "Neural Twin" project in the European Union simulates the interaction of electric fields in the brain, hoping to provide Alzheimer's Disease brings new treatments.

  Personalized Medicine and Genomics

  Modern medical technologies, including genomics, AI, and “digital twins,” will allow doctors to take a more personalized approach, tailoring treatments to patients’ own conditions.

  For example, the Empa Medical Center in Sweden uses AI and modeling software to predict the exact dose of pain medication for individual patients.

For chronic pain patients, the right amount of medication can be effective and improve their quality of life, but too high a dose can be extremely dangerous.

  Novo Nordisk has partnered with digital health company Glooko to create a personalized diabetes monitoring tool that can provide patients with personalized recommendations on things like diet, exercise and disease management based on their blood sugar readings and other specific factors.

  Genomics, the study of genes and the use of technology to map an individual's genome, is particularly useful for developing personalized medicine, which could lead to new treatments for diseases such as cancer, arthritis and Alzheimer's.