Smart sensors and materials
Increasing sophistication of smart sensors and materials can allow products and materials to alter their behaviour based on external conditions such as pH, temperature, electric fields and bacteria.
Advances in robotics are providing surgeons with new and more accurate tools for complex surgeries. It is also making health care operations, such as the delivery of medical goods throughout a hospital more efficient and less costly.
Advanced digital imaging
This technology is creating visual representations of internal human anatomy, with pre-, peri-, and post-operative digital images used to obtain a more accurate picture of internal patient anatomy.
Pandemic detection and control
The IoT can help to collect sensory data in real-time. It involves tracking people, health systems and environments. For example, smart thermometers are feeding data in real-time to global medical systems; bench-top analysers are analysing patient samples instantly and sharing data in real-time with disease monitoring tools installed miles away.
Enhanced 5G technologies will enable high-resolution connections to remote areas and can also empower remote surgery through the use of robotics.
The blockchain technology can improve the privacy of sharing data across a large network of users and provide an immutable record of data transactions.
3D printing is significantly reducing the costs of medical implants and surgical tools, and can enable hospitals to create tools on site.
To make health care more personalised and therapies more accurate, genomics is improving our understanding of health conditions, providing patients with more information on their health risks.