Doctors and Drones: Healthcare in 2050

“Is there a doctor in the house?” Yes, just open an app on your smartphone. Well, maybe not quite yet. But by the year 2050, seeing your doctor and getting immediate care can be as easy as making a Skype call or downloading an app. Even treating cancer may be as simple as taking a pill. The world is clearly evolving and in true Darwinian fashion, only the strongest will survive. In order for humanity to thrive over the next four decades, it is imperative to maintain our “one step ahead” status through medical advancement. 2050’s technological innovation could be a boon of prevention and treatment for the healthcare industry. But could it also be the key to human demise? Telemedicine Or as The Wall Street Journal calls it, the healthcare “revolution.” With a few taps on a screen or even a vocal command to an AI device, a patient can access their doctor in moments. The ubiquity of smart devices combined with the internet gaining momentum, strength, and availability around the world means health providers of 2050 will be pivoting towards electronic communication. From the comfort of home, or anywhere really, a doctor can remotely diagnose illnesses and prescribe treatment by means of telecommunication technology. What would have required a formal appointment, standing in line, and sitting in a cramped waiting room until a burnt-out doctor could provide treatment will be replaced by a simplified, streamlined approach to getting the care you need as quickly and comfortably as possible. This quick communication could also be the saving grace in sudden life threatening situations. When the seconds count, like in cases of heart failure or stroke, doctors can use instant communication to share patient data and connect with each other to make fully informed split-second decisions. The interconnected web of doctors creates a personalized treatment plan based on every piece of information provided, right down to your genome. Instead of the patient inconveniently revisiting the doctor days later or not having the means or availability to follow-up, he can use that same instant communication to discuss developments with his doctor and tailor the treatment if needed. This mends the deepening rift between doctor and patient as doctors play a more active role in the sustained health of their patients. Telemedicine also allows for better care in places where medical expertise is hard to come by. According to The World Bank,…

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Doctors and Drones: Healthcare in 2050

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