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2021 Medical Device Trends

Medical devices can improve the living standards of the patients by monitoring any changes in the chronic conditions outside the office visits. In recent years, we have seen various critical innovations that have significantly impacted the medical industry.

Medical device trends to keep an eye on

Not all the fields are as innovative or impactful as technology and healthcare, where we can see discoveries daily. When both technology and healthcare come together, there is an endless opportunity for life-changing innovations. The following are the medical device trends that you should watch out for.

  • Telemedicine and telehealth

There is a lot of potential in a trending area of healthcare, i.e., telemedicine and telehealth. Though both of these may sound familiar, there are some differences. Telehealth can cover the broader scope of remote healthcare services, which include non-clinical services, like administrative meetings, pieces of training, and medical education, in addition to all the clinical services.

As compared to telehealth, telemedicine refers to remote clinical services. With the help of telemedicine, healthcare can be cost-effective, more accessible, and increase patient engagement.

  • Wearable health devices

Several wearable health monitoring devices have become quite a notable trend among people. Nowadays, people want to monitor their health, and they would like to do a little more than just counting their steps. 

With mobile devices and technology, people are comfortable tracking their health-related information, which includes oxygen consumption, heart rate, and body fat ratio. When it is about healthcare, they go for more personalized options, which is why health-tech companies innovate new products to keep up with this increasing demand.

  • Artificial intelligence

Artificial intelligence is nothing new, but this technology is advancing faster than ever. Healthcare is being transformed with AI and machine learning as it is being used to diagnose different diseases, health conditions, identify trends, and create efficiencies in the research laboratory.

There is a great potential for AI and machine learning to offer more personalized medicine and targeted treatments for patients. There is a set of guidance introduced to encourage innovation in developing digital health tools.

  • Extended reality

There was a time when virtual reality used to be only for video games and movies. The extended reality, which includes virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality, has successfully found a place in healthcare. Research shows that by 2025, the global market for virtual and augmented reality will grow to $11.4 billion.

Typically, virtual reality is used during psychological therapy and shows promise in treating depression, eating disorders, and post traumatic disorders. These treatments help the patients to learn that the threats they perceive are not dangerous, so their reactions become appropriate for the situation.

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