What does the health of the future offer us?
Can you imagine à la carte medicine existing on the same level as on-demand television? The reality is that the future of health is heading for personalised, preventive medicine.
At present, one of the main trends in the world of health is telemedicine. The technological applications of the e-health world are able to take the doctor home. Thanks to them, doctors can offer personalised treatment to their patients irrespective of where they are located, something which is very useful for people with chronic illnesses.
Wearables, such as smart watches and wristbands, also stand out. They work like sensors that monitor patients and collect information in real time on the evolution of their users’ illnesses. Thanks to this kind of advance, doctors will be able to prevent sickness before it appears. But it is not only this: they are also being introduced to assist surgeons in operations.
Preventing illnesses is also one of the aims of 2.0 genetics. In barely a decade, getting to know the human genome has gone from costing millions of dollars to less than a thousand. A multitude of diseases derive from just one gene. Using gene editing, these could be avoided in a personalised way.
Lastly, 3D printing could represent a before and after in medicine, given that it is being lauded as the future of transplants. This technique reproduces biological structures layer by layer, some of which are already being used to carry out medial research and to practice complex operations. The next step is to create organs that are specific to each patient, something that will reduce the possibility of rejection.