While no one can precisely predict the future, we can, at the very least, glimpse into it with the help of inventions and concepts meant to improve the state of our lives. We have witnessed the evolution of design thinking, artificial intelligence (AI), big data, and robotics across all industries. Their most significant impact, however, has been experienced in the healthcare sector.
As technology and innovations keep advancing in the healthcare field, hospitals have found ways to improve the child healthcare sector by revolutionizing the industry. As a result of these new technologies, children with various ailments can now receive prompt treatment.
With healthcare ever-changing, we can now anticipate that these innovations will help transform the childcare medical field and significantly improve care for our children at various hospitals throughout the world. Here are some of the top innovations anticipated to change child health care in 2020 …
3D Models that Shorten Surgeries
Going in and out of surgery has never been the most straightforward task. In most cases, complicated operations can be dangerous and last longer than expected. The more time a patient, especially a child, stays in surgery, the higher the risk.
Boston Children’s Hospital, and other growing numbers of hospitals, are using 3D operation models to practice complex surgeries before they perform the real thing. This allows surgeons to be prepared before walking into an operating room.
By practicing before surgeries, surgeons are quicker and also have enough time to practice procedures before operating on a child. 3D printing is meant to allow hospitals to create the exact models of organs for detailed practices.
NICU App that Connects Newborns and Parents
Whenever a baby is born before term, they have to remain in the NICU until they are fully developed. Hence, premature babies remain in the hospital even after their mothers are ready for release.
The University of Chicago, in conjunction with the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, are helping parents ease this stressful situation using the PreeMe+You app. The app provides parents with clear updates and keeps them in constant contact with their newborns as well as their care teams.
The app helps parents track their child’s progress every moment and updates them on how their babies are progressing. This app will go a long way in comforting parents who aren’t able to keep their newborns by their side. It also ensures that parents and the care team are on the same page at all times.
Big Data Analytics for Better Diagnoses
Seattle Children’s Hospital doctors have already started using big data analytics to make faster and accurate diagnoses for their patients. This system combs through thousands of data points about patients to correctly diagnose the underlying condition and find the appropriate treatment options for them nearly instantly.
With previous systems, it took days and sometimes even weeks, and even then, the diagnoses weren’t as accurate. By taking advantage of big data analytics, doctors and nurses can now provide personalized treatment options for children that are backed by current research and statistics.
VRHealth to Help Children in Difficult Situations
Children expecting upcoming surgery tend to experience anxiety, which makes coping difficult for them. VRHealth is a startup that is partnering with healthcare providers, to bring virtual reality to all patients, including children.
The innovation is meant to minimize stress during difficult and painful procedures by giving them VR glasses. This innovation helps make the experience more pleasant for the child while creating a better environment for the doctors to perform the surgery safely.
VR technology is also meant to help hospitals gather a new patient’s information and share the treatment instructions after the patient is discharged.
Therapy for Peanut Allergies
Parents with children vulnerable to allergic reactions are terrified half of the time. The possibility of their children getting an allergic reaction puts them at risk of being unable to breathe, leaving the parents scared.
Over the past few years, emergency epinephrines have helped reduce the risk and severity of accidental exposure. However, this hasn’t been enough to quell a parent’s existing anxiety.
With the development of a new oral immunotherapy medication, children are protected against peanut allergy attacks. This therapy also helps children build their tolerance to peanut exposure gradually.