Medical technology is always evolving. Analytical, therapeutic and pharmaceutical equipment and digital resources change quickly, and savvy medical institutions and practitioners need to stay on top of the latest developments. Institutions need to maintain the very latest technology in order to offer the best service for their patients and to ensure that there is adequate outside investment.
For institutions involved in the medical research field, the latest technology is absolutely necessary for empowering researchers in their quest to generate accurate and revolutionary experimental results. This article is a quick rundown of the medical technology that institutions and practitioners should consider investing in.
X Ray Diffractometers
Material analysis is extremely important in diagnostics and research. Companies like Malvern Panalytical manufacture X ray diffractometers for the material analysis of crystalline structures and nanomaterials. X ray diffraction works by beaming x rays into a material. This then produces a spectrum that is unique to every crystalline structure, which can be analyzed using a diffractometer. In the pharmaceutical world, these machines are often used to test the purity of drugs. They are large and complex machines that represent considerable investment for small institutions, but they are essential for modern analytical work. In diagnostics, they are becoming invaluable tools.
It seems as though automation is finally beginning to touch just about every industry. Medicine is no exception, and medical institutions are scrambling to invest in automation solutions. One area of medicine in which digital automation technology is finding a welcome home is in the administration of healthcare logistics. As hospitals face staff shortages, demographic changes and difficulties in public funding they have had to invest in a great deal of automation in order to keep the complex logistical aspect of running an institution under control. Logistics automation often involves a sensor/ program interaction. A program is informed via sensors or human input of stock levels and calculates a projected usage. It then automatically orders and distributes new stock before shortages can occur. Equipment and medicine shortages can cripple a hospital’s ability to provide adequate care to patients.
Patients suffering from chronic illness need regular monitoring, education and care. Traditionally, these necessities are fulfilled through the consistent use of institutional check-ups. These checkups can be partially replaced and enhanced by digital therapeutics. These are usually applications that offer medical feedback options and advice for people with long term illnesses. They can, however, take a more complex form. At the University of Oxford a team led by clinical psychologist Daniel Freeman has developed ‘GameChange’, a virtual reality environment designed to help people who are suffering from psychosis. This kind of digital therapeutic is drawing a great deal of investment from institutions that simply cannot continue to offer consistent checkups to all the patients within their care. They also have a data capture advantage: data gathered from patient interactions with digital therapeutics can be used to improve the overall level of care offered by an institution.