When you think of science’s effect on medicine, you’re likely to think more about biology and chemistry than the tech industry. The two aren’t strangers. The Venn diagram of tech and medicine definitely overlaps, but they’re not as common to the tongue as most things.

In fact, you’d probably be surprised how new technology can affect various aspects of medicine. Read on to see how we break down what we think is the most effective.

Smartwatches

The hottest watch to hit the market isn’t a Rolex, but a smartwatch. They do far more than tell the time, from making calls to making payments. But where they stand out from your smartphone is their effect on personal healthcare.

They monitor your sleeping, heart rate, ECG, blood pressure and more. They can track how many calories you are burning due to activities like walking, running, cycling, swimming and more.

It goes without saying the health benefits that can come with this. If we’re all a little more aware of what’s going on in our bodies, we can make moves to improve it. And when we improve our bodies, we avoid large negative consequences down the line, like heart disease, stroke, etc. that can put pressure on the health industry.

AI

This is going to sound like something out of a sci-fi movie, but doctors are currently developing prosthetics that can be controlled with the mind. Luke Skywalker won’t be the only one around town with a fancy new arm he can flex as he wishes.

Some of these arms have already hit the market, with people showing off their capabilities on social media.

For now, these arms are controlled by a chip implanted in the brain. You have the urge to do something, and sensors attached to your stump pick up on those signals and start to move the arm via AI.

And while we’re talking about prosthetics, it should be mentioned that the invention of the 3D printed made prosthetics far more accessible and affordable. Investors like the Tej Kohli Foundation for Future Bionics, Mercia’s Adapttech, and OpenGait Prosthetics are offering more affordable prosthetics to amputee patients through the means of 3D printing. The materials are less expensive, the process in manufacturing them a lot easier and more affordable, and prosthetics can be personalized to fit. Plus, younger prosthetic users can have more prosthetics to grow into as they age.

Smart tech gadgets

There is a lot of talk around smart gadgets and their use around the home, without getting to the ultimate conclusion of the advancement of technology that is all interconnected and controlled with a smartphone or voice command.

A lot more people with mobility issues will be able to live independently, with an entirely interconnected home that will handle all the little things for them. They can get out of bed and into the kitchen where they can tell the blinds to go up, the kettle and heating will be timed to go on, and the TV can be told to play the news. The applications are countless.