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What new health innovations do we see coming on the horizon?

High on the list is Artificial Intelligence (AI). AI enhanced virtual care is the house call of the 21st century. AI enhanced programs allow doctors and clinicians to check in with patients, diagnose and prescribe treatment without meeting face-to-face. This is convenient for the patient, and 60% of customers are in favor. Virtual care helps those who are homebound, in rural areas or who have disparities. By 2023, it is predicted that ER visits will be reduced by 20 million. These technologies are heavily favored by Medicare and Medicaid services. All areas of mobile health are predicted to grow at an accelerated rate.

Health wearables, apps and other tracking devices will continue to expand. Tracking blood pressure, heart rate, glucose, potassium, EKG, diet, sleep, weight and physical activity will become more advanced. These technologies will help healthcare providers have better insight into their patients and how to best treat them.

Advances in immunotherapy for cancer, which uses the body’s own immune system, will continue to develop. According to Cleveland Clinic, scientists will continue to discover lifesaving changes through joint therapies and engineered T-cells. Scientists hope to have effective therapies for all tumor profiles.

Robotic surgeries have been around for years now and will continue to get more sophisticated. This has led to more effective and precise surgeries, reduced errors and improved health outcomes. These surgeries will continue to become common place.

A brain spinal interface system by the Swiss is making breakthroughs for paralysis. It is described as bridging the spinal cord injury in real time and wirelessly. It is not a cure but a partial reversal and is a major step in this technology.

Gene therapies will replace mutant genes that cause disease with healthy genes. This is still a controversial subject but a promising one.

This year, the European Human Brain Project received an infusion of money to map the billions of individual neurons in the brain. This will allow scientists to zoom into sections of the brain and have a fuller understanding to support further health advancements.

These are just a few of the highlights for health and wellness advancements in 2019!

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Carla Gray, BSES, HFS, CPT is a personal trainer and can be reached at
info@fitnessconnection.net or (504) 885-7855.

 

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