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2020 Technology Trends that will blow your mind

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In this blog we will look at recent technology trends and analyse how they could impact healthcare in 2020. They will blow your mind!

Over the last few years technology has played an increasingly influential role in healthcare.

2020 will be no different. This year will once again be a big year for technology in healthcare. Smart technology, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Augmented Reality (AR) and personalisation are just a few of the recent technology trends that will continue to make waves in the healthcare industry in 2020.

The new technologies we see popping up in in the healthcare industry today are often the product of decades of work, research and development. As scientists and developers learn more, test more and expand their expectations of what’s possible, technology continues to grow smarter, better and become more revolutionary.

In this blog we will look at recent technology trends and analyse how they could impact healthcare in 2020. These technological advancements may blow your mind, expand your horizons or maybe even change your life!

Wearable technology will continue to evolve.

“Electronic skin that heals itself”

Electronic skin could technically be categorised as ‘wearable technology’ but it’s slightly more impressive than a Smartwatch.

After years of development, scientists have created electronic skin that is remarkably thin and adheres smoothly to the surface of your epidermis - like a second skin. Previously, electronic skin was developed in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) to give robots the same sense of touch as that of humans. But, the benefit of electronic skin to people could be even greater. 

Electronic skin will be able to alert people to the presence or risk of certain diseases. It will be able to serve as a sort of ‘skin Smartwatch’ that will monitor the health and habits of the wearer. It could even replace the commonly used cannula for delivering medicines into the body. This is a 2020 technology trend that we’re sure to hear a lot more about in the coming year. Similarly in the field of wearables is a new ‘tooth sensor’ that is currently being tested. It’s a tiny square disc worn on the surface of the tooth that transmits data about the wearer’s tooth health, general wellbeing, dietary habits and risk of disease to an online repository that can then be analysed and passed on to healthcare professionals. This simple piece of wearable technology could be the key to reducing gum disease and other health conditions. 

Smart Technology

“A full body 3D XRay in seconds”

Scientists have developed a revolutionary full body scanner that can deliver incredible levels of detail in under 30 seconds. With a far lower degree of radiation used to power these full body scanners, it’s a safer alternative to the traditional XRay machine too. 

As a 2020 technology trend, these scanners are likely to continue being tested and trialed over the next year and we should begin hearing more about them as they replace more traditional XRay machines in hospitals around the world. With the advancement of ‘augmented reality’ happening in parallel, we may also see the common XRay, MRI and CAT scans being replaced by more detailed, accurate and even interactive body scans in the future.

A completely personalised healthcare experience.

“Data and technology will make healthcare accessible to everyone”

Think about how much personal banking has changed over the past decade. Managing our finances used to be a slow, labour intensive job. Now you can check your balance, transfer money and pay bills in seconds from your mobile phone. And the experience you receive when you log in to your account is entirely personalised, with data stored on your behaviour and habits, so your bank can recommend services and provide information that is timely and relevant to you.

Personalisation is already a trend across many industries and healthcare is on track to see a wider adoption of personalised services over the next year. As the NHS continues to feel the pressure of underfunding and increased demand, many people are already taking their healthcare into their own hands and storing data about their health and wellbeing. 

Healthcare apps like Fitbit and Fitocracy allow people to keep track of their Healthcare, and manage their diet and fitness in a secure personalised app. Personalisation in healthcare is likely to be a huge 2020 technology trend as new online services like Vala take healthcare to another level. Patients will be able to keep a record of their medical details, book GP appointments and even receive prescriptions all from within an online system. Physical visits to the GP could become a thing of the past and people with mobility or mental health issues will be able to get access to medical assistance without needing to leave the house.

Augmented Reality

“Doctors can see inside a patient without even touching them”

For those of you who aren’t familiar with augmented reality, or AR for short, it’s a technology trend that has actually been around for years. The reason it’s made our list is because AR technology in healthcare is set to get even smarter over the next few years!

AR will impact pretty much every aspect of healthcare, from training new doctors and helping them diagnose and treat conditions, to surgeons performing accurate surgery with better outcomes for patients. Surgeons will be able to see inside their patients’ bodies by entering the data from MRI or CAT scans from that patient into an AR headset. The scan results will be displayed from within the AR headset so a surgeon can see what’s going on inside the patient’s body before they’ve even started the surgery. This will provide an extraordinary level of accuracy never before seen in the medical world. As a 2020 technology trend, AR in healthcare will save lives - and that’s a pretty big deal! 

At Vala, we are excited to see how these technology trends come to life and impact healthcare in 2020. We believe passionately that healthcare should be affordable and accessible to everyone. And we’re on a mission to utilise technology, data and experience to achieve this goal. Visit the main part of our website to find out more about what we do or check out our FAQs.

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