In a scenario as complicated as that of Covid-19, all our attention is on the health system. The well-being of human beings is a significant issue for everyone. 2020 is the perfect opportunity for teamwork, especially to take care of our loved ones. The pandemic has been brutal for the economic stability of the planet. According to UN News, a month of coronavirus costs the world economy $350 billion, and as of November, approximately 500 million jobs have been lost—that is the reason for the collective interest to end the pandemic.
It is interesting to observe how companies have invested millions of dollars in health technology, a specific goal for all areas of the economy, and our daily activities. What have been the most significant advances in health? In this article, we are going to review the five most useful tech trends during the coronavirus pandemic.
One of the main risks during surgical procedures is human error. No doctor is perfect; however, the margin of error should be as small as possible when it comes to health. Therefore, during 2020 this trend continues to develop. The investment in this market is enormous. According to Forbes, by 2023, robotics for health will receive more than $20 billion in financing.
Would you trust your life to a robot? This innovation remains a sensitive subject for patients, but technological development has had positive results during all subsequent evaluations. But we're not just talking about operations; in fact, robotic support includes helping doctors examine patients, bring supplies to rural areas, and much more.
The tech industry has had a good performance for health during Covid-19. These companies were among those that grew the most in the first months of the virus, thanks to the demand. In addition to entertainment or shopping services, these companies decided to innovate in platforms and software for health care.
Apps like Zoom have been indispensable tools for thousands of doctors to attend to their patients remotely. Furthermore, this trend may continue after the pandemic ends, as can work remotely. 2020 was also the year in which companies like Lemonaid helped millions of users in the United States, offering health supplies, consultations, treatments, and tests for Covid-19 at home.
One of the main allies in the AI process is big data. The collection of information from millions of patients worldwide has been important for the efficiency of medical care, especially in a situation as complicated as the coronavirus.
It is expected that in the United States, AI will be implemented in many hospitals, supporting doctors in the efficient check-up of patients, preparation of medical plans and treatments, clinical trials, and monitoring of diseases. Regarding this last point, the use of data has allowed governments and health organizations to identify sources of contagion of Covid-19 around the world—an organized and useful way to control the pandemic and find all the newly infected.
Physical performance is also a valuable topic during the pandemic. As long as people have a healthier condition, their chances of infection drop considerably. In 2020, apps related to exercises and diets also had historical growth, especially in countries that applied quarantine measures.
A study from Business Wire found that by 2025 the market for exercise and diet apps could be worth $13 trillion, a figure never before seen that shows that the global trend is tilting towards body health and fitness.
Who could believe 30 years ago that prostheses could be printed? It was a very ambitious project, but in 2020 this is a reality. 3D printing is proving to be a fantastic tool in the health care system. With these kits, specialists can print useful articles for patient support.
Surgeons, for example, can make exact replicas of organs through this method. Besides, operations and consultations can also be created from these machines, as well as prosthetics of fingers, hands, feet, legs, and other limbs. An idea that can change the way we see the world. 3D printing is also used to recreate dental prosthetics in the dental industry.
These are just five of the hundreds of advances that science and technology are making for health right now. The intention is to understand how innovation can be an excellent instrument for the well-being of all humans, especially during a pandemic.