For example, consider the case of Open Bionics, which we talked about in a recent article, in which technology has made it possible to create bionic hand prostheses with a more attractive aesthetic and a lower cost than traditional prostheses.e-health: Open Bionics Bionic Hands
Samatha Payne of Open BionicsTechnological area of eHealthThe technological field is the one that probably offers the most encouraging prospects for eHealth given the recent flourishing of innovative software and hardware solutions.
It is impossible to provide a complete list of technologies under development but these are some of the directions in which the main players in the eHealth sector are moving:IT tools for managing medical procedures in clinics and hospitals
Advanced medical software and devices for the research and treatment of diseases, such as robotic surgeryWeb-based online systems, such as medical portals and teleconsultation sitesMedical mobile apps that run on devices such as smartphones and tablets
Wearable devices (wearables, in English) such as smartwatches, fitness trackers, wearable sensors for monitoring various physiological parametersTelecommunication technologies applied to health, ie telemedicine and tele-assistance
Home automation and environmental control to improve the quality of life
Artificial intelligence technologies (AI, in English) to improve diagnostics and reduce human errorTechnologies for the management of information with respect for privacy, a very important aspect for example to implement the electronic health record
Use of Innovative Technologies in eHealth
For a concrete example of the epochal revolution that the latest generation technologies are launching, just think of the impressive study launched in the US by Apple and Stanford Medicine on cardiac arrhythmias. We talked about this study in detail in our article.
eHealth | Digital Health | StudyIn this case we speak of “Big Data”, in English, that is the collection of large amounts of data (medical in the case of e-health) to be analyzed by sophisticated algorithms to extract useful information for researchers and therefore ultimately to ordinary people.
Other interesting concrete examples of soon to be introduced technologies can be found in our article on the important Italian event held in Milan, Wired Health, in which there was much talk, for example, of the application of technologies such as artificial intelligence to the diagnosis of pathologies in various Italian centers.
Human area of eHealth
Finally, we must not forget that e-health mainly deals with people. And therefore eHealth technologies must be on a human scale (user-friendly, in English, ie user-friendly).
eHealth | Digital Health | Digital Health: Technology on a human scaleTherefore, any process, technology, eHealth device must always be developed, modified and managed from the perspective of its users: that is, doctors, nurses, assistants and obviously patients. The usability of these new tools is essential for their adoption and dissemination.
Again the case of Open Bionics offers us a perfect example of a solution in which the needs of man (and in particular of children) are so important as to determine the improvement objectives to be achieved with new technologies (compared to traditional prostheses), and not the other way around. The human sphere directs and shapes, it does not “undergo” technological innovation.