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Groundbreaking technologies will largely influence healthcare in 2018. Precision medicines, blood-restricting bands, teletherapy and more will shape the medical world in the coming years.

 

Healthcare is a consistently changing environment.

 

Patients are greatly benefiting from new technologies and capabilities that are boosting abilities for doctors and researchers with new treatments, monitors, and medicines.

 

Below is a list of what’s new technology wise in the medical field in 2018.

 

Smart inhalers

 

Inhaled corticosteroids and bronchodilators are the cornerstone treatments for asthma.

 

The first helps control inflammation while the second provides immediate relief when symptoms flare.

 

94 percent of people don’t use inhalers properly and so they are mostly ineffective.

 

Enter Bluetooth-enabled smart inhalers.

 

These devices are designed to detect inhaler use, remind patients to use their medication, encourage proper use of the device, and gather data about a patient’s inhaler use that can help guide care.

 

How it works: each time the inhaler is used, it records the date, time, place, and whether the dose was correctly administered.

 

Blood flow restriction training

 

Big muscle growth is promised with the biggest innovation in fitness for 2018. While using as little as 10 to 20 percent of weight you’d typically use, is how this is possible.

 

It is possible by restricting your blood flow. Blood flow restriction (BFR) training uses specialized blood pressure cuffs or bands to stop the flow of oxygen-deprived blood out of your limbs.

 

You perform traditional muscle-building maneuvers, but use smaller weights once your blood pressure reaches optimal levels.

 

Teletherapy

 

The therapy scene has been greatly impacted by smartphone apps and chatbots.

 

Teletherapy delivers sessions by a video-enabled interface and is most likely the most important tech development for mental health.

 

This will cause a greater demand for therapists and psychiatrists because society will ultimately become more informed about the role of mental health care overall.

 

Resulting in the number of these providers not growing to meet the demand of patients.

 

In almost every way, teletherapy is the same as traditional therapy. Because you still sit face-to-face with a practitioner and you both talk.

 

The only difference is that instead of sitting on a couch or a chair, you’re using Skype and FaceTime or another video conferencing service.