Medical technology has come a long way in recent years, from drugs that prevent HIV transmission and more effective cancer immunotherapies to the revolutionary use of mRNA technology to create life-saving vaccines in record time. But there are still new frontiers of medical science still waiting to be explored as we move towards an unprecedented integration of artificial intelligence and machine learning models with medicine.
Researchers are using innovative technology to find new drug targets that will save countless lives, building models to detect diseases that haven’t even been discovered, and developing treatments that will benefit the entire global population. Here, in no particular order, are 27 important health and medicine innovations that don’t exist… yet.
Broader, permanent adoption of telemedicine
The COVID-19 pandemic changed how medicine had been practiced for centuries. Instead of traveling to doctors’ offices and clinics patients were suddenly able to meet with healthcare professionals from the comfort of their homes. The shift to telehealth has made healthcare considerably more accessible to people with disabilities and chronic conditions that make travel difficult, to people without reliable means of transportation or unforgiving work schedules, for parents and caregivers who might be unable to find or afford childcare to go to a doctors appointment, and for people in rural and remote areas who no longer need to make a one-hour drive to see their doctor.