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4 Exciting Innovations in Healthtech That Will Have Far-Reaching Consequences

April 7, 2020

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Amir M

Healthtech is one of the most exciting and fastest-growing spaces in tech, and it’s not difficult to see why.

Even the tiniest of innovations can result in saved lives and a better quality of life for countless people. What better reason could there be to push technology forward?

These are four of our favorite innovations in healthtech, each of which might just end up changing the world...

5G and the rise of real-time digital interaction

It’s easy to assume that the 5G mobile network is essentially just a faster version of 4G, and it is. But it’s also so much more.

For one: 5G actually has the potential to be up to 100 times faster than 4G. And with speeds like that, 5G is poised to support some incredible healthtech leaps — connecting healthcare professionals and patients, in real-time, in ways that simply weren’t possible before.

Imagine a consultant in Australia making detailed diagnoses via video link for patients in Spain, or London, or the middle of the Congo — all in crystal-clear 4K video. This instant two-way interaction becomes a real possibility with the speed of 5G.

The MedWand

If you’ve seen practically any sci-fi movie from the last 100 years, you’ll recognize the concept of a high-tech device that can diagnose a patient with the wave of a hand.

In 2020, this has become more science than fiction.

Selected as a CES 2020 Innovation Awards Honoree in two categories, the MedWand is a “telemedicine” device designed to enable remote consultations with patients (making it the perfect partner for 5G connectivity). Each MedWand unit allows a patient to self-examine, instantly sending data back to the clinician from multiple sensors including a stethoscope, pulse monitor, throat illuminator, thermometer, respiratory rate, and much more.

Along with all of this incredible tech, the MedWand is also roughly the size of a computer mouse and weighs less than 5 ounces. That small size equals portability, meaning this healthtech can get to remote regions where it can make a big difference.

AI and Machine Learning

Artificial intelligence and machine learning may seem to have emerged more slowly in health tech than in other sectors, but these technologies are certainly bringing exciting new opportunities to the fore.

The two work hand-in-hand to amplify the amount of data a person or system has to make decisions. In a healthcare setting, this volume of historical data is often the key to incredible breakthroughs.

You might already be familiar with the terms, but how can they be useful in healthcare?

  • AI-powered healthcare records can help minimize incidents of misdiagnosis (something which contributed to 10% of US deaths in 2015).

  • Machine learning can combine many lifetimes’ worth of disease data to track and identify key biological markers that could aid early detection.

  • Machine learning is powering advanced medical imaging like Microsoft’s Project InnerEye, which can differentiate between healthy tissue and tumors to assist medical professionals.

With more applications being explored every day, there’s no doubt that AI and machine learning will make a big splash in the years to come.

Lumi By Pampers

While life-changing healthtech innovation is absolutely critical, we can’t forget about the small innovations, too.

And they don’t come much smaller than babies.

While there have been plenty of smart devices aimed at parents, there’s never been anything quite like Lumi By Pampers. Essentially a fully-fledged smart diaper, this piece of tech is made up of three different parts: a camera, a mobile app, and — most importantly — a smart sensor that attaches to the baby’s diaper. 

Once Lumi is all set up, frazzled parents will be able to use the mobile app to monitor exactly how long the baby has slept, how long ago they had their last bottle, and the last time they were changed. 

But that’s not all

Perhaps the most useful part of Lumi is that it will send you a push notification if the baby is wet and needs a change — say goodbye to diaper rash, for good!

Are you pushing the envelope?

Healthtech is a truly exciting arena. If you’re as excited about the fast-moving innovations in the healthtech space as we are and you’re looking to supercharge your brand in similarly exciting ways, we should talk.

The Blackcreek team is constantly looking for new ways to drive branding and design forward by leveraging our unique design-led innovation framework.

 

Want to know more? Get in touch today and let’s create.