In all areas of human endeavor, innovations have brought much-needed change and progress. With the advent of technology, such innovations have become more common.
The healthcare sector isn’t left out, as many innovations have revolutionized healthcare delivery, making it more accessible and efficient.
This is where most of our discussion will dwell. You’ll find this article interesting for persons interested in the healthcare field.
We’ve detailed several scenarios that have impacted medicine and continue to do so. You only need to stick around to learn more.
General Improvement in Healthcare
One thing that’s never in doubt about the impact of innovators is the great leaps made in the field of medicine.
Such innovations have been made at various times and continue to this day. Overall, the future of medicine is considered bright as the boundaries of knowledge continue to be pushed further.
The results of such improvement can be seen in restoring sight to the blind, face transplants, gene sequencing, and stem cell research.
Other areas of improvement include dropping heart diseases by as much as 40% and helping patients survive without a heart.
The eradication of polio is another testament to innovations in medicine. So also is the ability to bring people back to life after being dead for a few hours.
Extended survival for patients with HIV and research on the impacts of smoking are more areas where innovations have benefited people.
Notable Innovators in Medicine and What They Did
Throughout the ages, there has been one form of innovation in medicine. These have contributed significantly to the present state of things as they are.
While there are thousands of innovators who, at different times, have done their bit towards the general improvement of healthcare, we’ll dwell more on some of the most recent.
Sean Parker’s disruptive approach to cancer research and Doug Melton’s stem cell cure for diabetes easily fall into recent innovations.
More of these include David Abney’s drone-delivered medical supplies and Abasi Ene-Obong’s diverse global biobank.
Still, on innovators in medicine, there are others like Sean Slovenski-inspired healthcare push in Walmart and Shravya Shetty’s cancer-diagnosing artificial intelligence.
That’s not all, as there are others like Jonathan Rothberg’s pocket ultrasound and Thomas Reardon’s mind-reading wristband.
Other innovators like Isabel Van de Keere have created a rehab in virtual reality.
At the same time, Charles Taylor has also made personalized 3D digital hearts to aid with more efficient and less invasive heart diagnostic procedures for heart problems.
Let’s further discuss some of these innovators as follows;
i. Disruptive Approach to Cancer Research by Sean Parker
Medical research has received a boost through an innovation made by the Parker Institute of Cancer Immunotherapy established by Napster.
Here, a more practical approach to cancer diagnosis and treatment is being worked on and continues to positively impact the field of medicine.
ii. Stem Cell Cure for Diabetes Innovation by Doug Melton
Areas of stem cell application in medicine have continued to broaden. Doug Melton developed an innovation where stem cells are used to create replacement cells that produce insulin.
The company that acquired his technology created a tiny implantable device holding millions of replacement beta cells.
iii. Drone-Delivered Medical Supplies Innovation by David Abney
Fast and efficient delivery of medical supplies is never in doubt.
Such supplies include tissue samples, urine, drugs, and transfusable blood. Through its CEO Da, ve Abney, UPS has devised an innovation to deliver such supplies using drones.
Currently, this technology is being used in countries like Rwanda and Ghana. It has proven to be effective and impactful in the field of medicine.
iv. Diverse Global Bio Bank Innovation by Abasi Ene-Obong
The field of personalized medicine has been boosted by innovators like Abasi Ene-Obong’s diverse global biobank. Here, blind spots in drug research have been effectively contained thanks to this Nigerian scientist’s work.
With current research being performed, it’s only a matter of time before drugs are produced to address various related conditions.
v. Walmart Venturing into Healthcare by Sean Slovenski
Sean Slovenski is another innovator that has championed the healthcare push of Walmart toward establishing a medical mall.
Here, customers get an array of medical care, including vision tests, primary care, root canals, EKGs, X-rays, and dental exams.
vi. Cancer-Diagnosing Artificial Intelligence by Shravya Shetty
More and more uses have been found for artificial intelligence in medicine. This is especially true for ailments with symptoms that only show at later stages when the condition is worsened.
One innovator whose invention has come in a timely is Shravya Shetty.
In collaboration with a Google Health Team, this innovator has been able to build an AI system that beats human radiologists in diagnosing lung cancer.
vii. Pocket Ultrasound by Jonathan Rothberg
Traditionally, ultrasound equipment is known to be bulky and immobile. However, all that has been changed through innovation by Jonathan Rothberg.
He designed a highly portable ultrasound technology that is embedded in a cheap and can be taken anywhere. This only needs to be connected to an iPhone app to use.
viii. Rehab in Virtual Reality by Isabel Van de Keere
This innovation was borne out of adversity as the innovator Isabel Van de Keere was involved in an accident which resulted in cervical injury and severe vertigo.
It resulted in the adoption of VR technology in the provision of rehab.
Here, the brain’s plasticity is utilized to fix neural pathways, thus leading to a situation where the monotony and rehab frustrations are significantly reduced.
ix. Personalized 3D Digital Hearts by Charles Taylor
Most people with heart problems have had to endure invasive catheterization to diagnose narrowed or blocked arteries.
To address such problems, Charles Taylor innovated more effective and efficient ways to carry out diagnostic procedures without being invasive.
These are only a few examples of many others where innovators have made a difference in medicine by improving how things are being done.