Tech Advances in the Medical Field Save Lives and Streamline Processes

Technology continues to expand into every industry on the planet, finding places where automation and software implementation can result in easier communication or a more efficient process.

A recent article by the Science Translational Medicine Journal highlights the importance of specific technology in the medical field as of late.

“Technological advances in medicine often have origins in chemistry, materials science, mathematics, computation, biology, or engineering. Although the field is varied, several biomedical technologies will likely shape the future of medicine.

  • Advances in cell, gene, and immune engineering will enable new forms of transplantation and the ability to replace defective genes or cells.
  • Tissue cultures (avatars) will help personalize drug testing and enable deep multiplexed and spatiotemporal analyses in primary patient samples.
  • Industrial biotechnology (1), metabolic engineering and systems, and synthetic biology tools will facilitate scaled-up antibody and RNA production. Collectively, these approaches will lower material costs and engender new types of therapeutics.
  • Minimally invasive interventions based on advances in devices, techniques, robotics, and imaging will continue to expand.
  • Biosensors with increased sensitivity and that circumvent current costly pre-analytical workups will support temporal monitoring.
  • Advances in computation and analysis will assist a wide array of diagnostics, imaging, connectedness, and telehealth.

Academic interest in leveraging technology is strong, growing (judging by the number of publications), and unwavering, with several high-profile demonstrations of recent technological accomplishments (2, 3). Most agree that technological solutions exist for almost every seemingly intractable medical challenge. I am often surprised, then, to find that progress on some of humankind’s most pressing problems does not happen as quickly, effectively, or widely as could be possible. Indeed, only a small fraction of academic achievements have become commercially successful. Why is this the case? What is wrong, and what can we do to accelerate the pace of innovation and rate of commercial success?”

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This article details several areas where technology can be used to benefit medical processes, including imaging and analytics.

What is interesting here is that the benefits of technology in the medical field mirror the benefits of software in every field: streamlined processes and improved information.

While these medical technologies are more “high stakes,” they serve a similar purpose to the automation tools you are using in your business.

Your tools help to streamline your business processes, give you crucial and accurate data, and help to improve certain aspects of your business as a whole.

Technology is the one thing that can transform your business from the inside out, and this is true for every single industry as well.

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