John Driver
by on February 17, 2021

We are now living in the 21st century and technology is advancing at such a rapid rate, it’s hard to keep up with all the changes that are occurring.  Technology and medicine have gone hand in hand for many years and the consistent advances in the medical and pharmaceutical industries have saved 100’s of millions of lives as well as improved the lives of millions of people. This is thanks to the brilliant medical equipment manufacturers in South Africa and the rest of the world. As technology continues to improve, so does medicine which means that there is no telling what new equipment or devices will be developed next. Now, let’s take a look at some of the latest medical industry technological developments:

Smart Inhalers: Inhalers are used to treat asthma patients and if used correctly, will be 90% effective. However not everyone uses them correctly, which is why the smart inhaler was developed. It tracks when and ow you use the inhaler and sends the data to your smartphone for review.

3-D Printing: 3-D printing has quickly become one of the hottest and hyped-up pieces of tech out there. These printers can be used to make implants, replacement joints and even artificial organs! These printers have the functionality to match an individual’s measurements down to the millimetre which means that the new piece will fit perfectly and allow for ultimate levels of comfort and mobility.

Health wearables: The demand for wearable devices has grown rapidly ever since Apple released the Apple Series 4 Watch, which had an integrated ECG system to monitor the wearer’s heart rhythms. This is a great leap for the medical industry as it could potentially detect dangerous heart conditions much earlier than usual.

Robotic Surgery:  Robotic surgery is normally used to assist with precision, control and flexibility in some minimally invasive procedures. This allows for surgeons to perform procedures that are otherwise extremely difficult or impossible to complete. As time goes on and the technology advances it could be combined with augmented reality (VR) which allows surgeons to see live updated information about the patient while they are operating.

CRISPR: Clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats is the latest advance in gene-editing technology. What this technology does is it “harnesses the natural mechanisms of the immune system of bacterium cells of invading viruses”, which is then able to remove the infected DNA strands. The system transcribes the specified DNA sequence into short RNA sequences which is then capable of finding any DNA that matches the transcribe and then it binds to it and essentially cuts it off, shutting off the target gene.

As the years go by, technology in the medical industry will continue to reach new heights and solve new problems. People are living longer than ever and fewer diseases are deemed incurable. Jobs in the pharmaceutical industry are in high, high demand. Who knows where technology will be in the next few years or what kinds of new machines we will invent!

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