Innovations in Medicine Which Will Be Available In 2018

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Anastasiia Kholodna

May 11, 2018, 2:28 p.m.

Which new innovations in medical technologies will enter the market this year? How will they affect the treatment of patients and medicine in general? We present you the top upcoming innovations which significantly exceed the existing practices, more convenient for users, which improve the quality of medical care and have high commercial potential.

Gene therapy against hereditary Retinal Diseases

At the moment there are no effective methods of treating hereditary retinal diseases that cause vision loss. For example, some forms of retinitis pigmentosa and most often, this disease affects adults. The cells of the photoreceptor begin to die which leads to night blindness and a decrease in the radius of the visual field. Over time, complete blindness occurs.

To solve this problem, scientists and doctors hope to use viruses or vectors to deliver the necessary genes to the desired cells. In particular, it is expected that the use of recombinant vector AAV2, encoding a functional copy of the RPE65 gene, will be approved.

In 2017, the FDA awarded gene therapy RPE65 the status of a medicine for rare diseases, and in October, a group of US health advisors recommended approval of these latest innovations in healthcare.

 

Internet of Medical Things (IoMT)

·    Monitoring of patient care. New patient care technologies provide people with the opportunity to receive help at home. With the help of wearable sensors, doctors can remotely monitor the patients' health status and react in real time

·    Monitoring of medical assets. Medical technology advances help employees spend less time searching and other support work and spend more time with patients through better tracking and management of medical assets

·    Maintenance of vital equipment. The ability to ensure that mission-critical medical devices are ready for use when patients need them most, eliminating problems ahead of time with proactive maintenance

Big Data

Artificial intelligence will also become a key element of new applications and tools for large data analytics and future of healthcare technology. The fact that a deeper and more effective analysis of big data will be at the center of the efforts of the corporate world. In the foreground, along with collection and storage, quality improvement and filtering of the collected data will come out: separation of useful information from "white noise".