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From 3D printing to surgical robots, med tech continues to revolutionise the healthcare industry. But as much as it has transformed the way doctors and healthcare practitioners work, there have still been limitations in terms of mobility. There’s just no way to pack a sound booth or an ECG machine into your doctor’s bag, is there?
It’s incorporated and useful in every step of the healthcare process. As outlined by the South African Medical Technology Industry Association (SAMED), med tech “plays a vital role across the continuum of patient care including prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation”.
In general, med tech aims to put patients first, decrease the amount of time it takes to diagnose conditions, and improve the quality of medical treatment and care.
“Covid-19 supercharged funding activity in digital health in 2020. Ten digital health categories had their best year with record funding amounts ... The pandemic has mainstreamed the consumer side of digital health technologies in less than a year. Digital health products that were a novelty a year or two ago are now a necessity.”
Med tech is evolving rapidly with a focus on putting patients first.
Reports show that while some doctors may still be reluctant to adapt to the digital health trend, others have begun to embrace it in so far as certain devices and apps might prove helpful for patients’ self-care.
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Remember the beginning of this article where we said there’s no way to pack an ECG machine or a sound booth into a doctor’s bag? Well, these days you actually can, thanks to advancements in portable med tech.
The Medical Futurist says a GP’s bag today should contain – among other portable med tech devices - a handheld ECG, blood pressure monitor, digital stethoscope, and otoscope.
Handheld ECG: With the range of personal-use ECG monitors now available to consumers, it’s important to select a medical grade device for reliable results. Healthline offers a roundup of different options.