Indeed. Cardiac surgeries are now more successful than ever. Cardiovascular morbidities in the young age are seeing a decline and for those living with disorders of the heart, life expectancy is now better.
Updates from world cardiology conferences say that none of these would have been close to possible if technology did not interweave itself into this field. Hearing of the current day diagnostics may get your heart racing, but newer possibilities are being looked at, to make procedures less invasive and more patient-friendly.
Prevention is better than cure
…. and in the case of heart-diseases, a lot less expensive too. The cost of the existing heart-treatment facilities may be astronomical given the requirement of sophisticated equipment and hospital charges. But no disease occurs with a bias of the economic status of an individual. An upcoming cardiology conference 2018 will speak about the challenges for a healthy heart.
Moreover, being a non-communicable disease, the etiology in every patient may be different thus putting forth the need of a personalized-care system. Digital technology has aided this approach effectively and here is how.
Statistics say that although some regions of the globe still do not have access to the basic needs of life, almost every other person has a smartphone. The internet has become a fundamental resource for humans. The impact of these advancements is still unfolding, but healthcare professionals have found a way to exploit this to provide an unrestricted access to healthcare facilities with personalized health recommendations.
Telehealth has enhanced every stage of patient care, most importantly the prevention part. Electronic medical records can be maintained for a specific patient and the doctors will be able to understand from the patterns of change in the vitals if something is wrong with their patients. The patient can be more involved in the process through apps and wearables that allow him to track his own health data.
Cardiovascular disease management also involves a commitment to a healthy lifestyle. Artificial intelligence applied to the electronic data sets can send, an individual, notifications about the changes in diet required or the intensity of workout required for a particular day.
Have treatment procedures been bettered?
Treatment procedures are also getting increasingly personalized. So much that, in the present day, it is possible to model patient-specific implants using 3D printing. The traditional imaging technique of CT scan is used. The image is then segmented and reconstructed in 3D. Once that is done, the required materials (that suit the patient) are employed to print a patient-specific model. This employs commercial software but the printing of a segment like the aorta can be completed within a span of 20-30 mins as stated in a conference on cardiology.
While some complex segments of the heart may take up to half a day for replication, this technology guarantees immense possibilities. These can be used to refine inter-cardiac devices.
IoT and AI together have also been approached for the possibility of remote surgeries. Emergency medical facilities will then be more responsive and mortality rates are predicted to receive a greater plummet.
The reliability of technology
The adoption of technology in the field of medicine has been rapid. In fact, today, physicians even prescribe their patients apps for educating themselves and tracking their health. Just like there are risks associated with the conventional methods, there prevail risks even with the use of technology. But, there is extensive research going on to make the newer methods more reliable. For instance, the speed of data transmission today cannot be trusted for remote surgeries. But, with the advent of 5G, we can allow this dependence. Virtual reality equipment like haptic gloves can be used to increase the rate of success of these surgeries.
International conference alerts signal that, in the next few years, technology is expected to revolutionize the field of healthcare.