Medical technology is designed to make the lives of healthcare patients and students easier. Some technologies have been used for centuries, while others are stuck in the experimental stage. Here are three advancements that have transformed the ways that modern medicine is studied, evaluated, and performed.

 

Virtual Reality

 

Virtual reality (VR) gives medical students the ability to see images and videos in three dimensions. Being able to study realistic images with the finest details is necessary to make the most accurate medical diagnoses. In addition to studying cadavers, 3D modeling is the second most accurate method of learning.

 

Some healthcare education systems provide the use of VR headsets to create a fully simulated environment at all ages. The user’s images, sounds, and sensations are all simulated to resemble a real-life surgery, procedure, or examination. The medical student is able to walk around and speak to 3D characters in this new environment. Apart from using headsets, VR simulations can appear on large, interconnected screens in a classroom. Many systems have touchscreen technologies that respond to touch, sounds, and sensations.

 

Brain-Computer Interfaces

 

Brain-computer technology integrates the functions of the brain with those of a computer. This technology was developed primarily for people who suffer from near-total or total body paralysis. They cannot communicate by speech or movement and can only communicate by blinking their eyelids. This interface is connected to their brain and designed to read their thoughts that appear on a computer screen.

 

Electronic Health Record (EHR)

 

The EHR has transformed every aspect of the health information technology field. In the past, doctors would take notes on sheets of paper attached to clipboards. Nowadays, doctors and nurses are recording their data on tablets and smartphones. Their notes are recorded in an electronically managed file, known as an EHR, which is created for every patient that enters a hospital, clinic, or doctor’s office.

 

Several advances in medical technology have made it easier to provide and receive healthcare services. Additional technologies include the use of artificially implanted limbs and other body parts, such as pacemakers that imitate the heart’s workings. The most important technologies are being used by millions of people in thousands of medical facilities around the world. They will always be innovative first systems in the field of medical technology.