The role of medical devices in the healthcare industry is immense. From helping doctors to analyze and monitor patients in facilitating surgical and non-surgical procedures and working as implants, there is a lot that devices and equipment are used for. Consequently, there is a massive emphasis on improving them with innovative technologies. As scientists and device manufacturers go the extra mile with such improvements, the results are visible as major advancements over the years. Here are some ground-breaking innovations that are revolutionizing the medical device industry today.
The pervasiveness of wearable tech
Perhaps the biggest innovation in the device industry is wearable technology that enables patients and practitioners to track health metrics through wearable devices. These IoT-powered smart devices and gadgets range from wearable fitness trackers to shoes and even apparel. Since the patient wears them at all times, they have access to metrics like heart rate, pulse rate, blood pressure, and calories burnt in real-time. For more critical patients, wearables can be used to relay data to the specialists so that they can provide immediate assistance if something appears amiss for the patient. These devices can also collect data to create patient records that can facilitate better treatment for individuals. The best thing about wearable tech is that it is affordable enough to become a commonplace technology now.
Medical device safety
Manufacturers and agencies are going the extra mile with the safety and viability of medical devices to enhance patient safety levels. The first step in this direction comes in the form of surface protection of medical devices. Manufacturers are coming up with proven and tested medical-grade coatings to ensure that all devices and implants are safe for medical use. These include surface protection for guidewires, mandrels, catheters, precision devices, and reel-to-reel continuous coatings as well. There are different types of coatings available today to match specific medical needs, such as nonstick, chemical-resistant, low-friction, anti-microbial, and hydrophilic coatings. Surface protection goes a long way in improving the performance and biocompatibility of medical devices.
Another medical device innovation comes in the area of implantable medical devices. Analysts have invented a “microgel” covering for these devices to enhance their safety manifold. The covering releases targeted amounts of antibiotics when bacteria come in the vicinity of the implants, which reduces the probability of post-surgical infections to a significant extent. Although the technology is still evolving, it has massive potential for reducing the number of complications in implant cases. Moreover, it will also eliminate the need for the patients to go through aggressive antibiotic treatments to curb the existing and new infections for implant patients. Lower infection rates translate into reduction recovery time and re-admission for patients, and it can even be life-saving in the long run.
These advancements in the medical device industry have the potential to steer the healthcare industry in the right direction. While patients can promise better quality and standards of care, patients can rest assured that they have only the best and the safest being used for their treatment.