While the majority of our focus is centred around our innovation pools, it is important to keep innovators equipped with the ‘art of the possible’. We select and bring together new and emerging technologies coupled with the expertise required to fully exploit the potential of these technologies. We then group these capabilities to address strategic health and care needs.
Want to know what emerging technology could transform health and care? Some examples are:
UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) and RPAS (Remotely Piloted Aerial Systems) are more commonly referred to as drones. Principally a drone is a flying robot. The vehicle can be remotely controlled or can fly independently through software-controlled flight plans in their embedded system, working in concurrence with GPS. Drones have most often been associated with the military but they have functionality in search and rescue, surveillance, firefighting and deliveries. Within the context of health and care, drones could be used in many different situations but a primary example would be the use of their fast delivery in emergency situations. For instance, drones would be of great use in delivering emergency medicines to those in remote locations. This emerging technology has great potential across several industries and should be exploited accordingly.
Virtual reality has been used in various different contexts since its development began in the early 00s. This has included various forms of entertainment in which the film industry has taken advantage of its stimulating function. However, in the context of health and care, virtual reality can help to reduce face-to-face contact that patients have with doctors. Remote monitoring and remote GP appointments where appropriate will ensure that people who perhaps live in remote locations or cannot get to a GP surgery due to illness can still have contact with their doctor. This will greatly alleviate waiting times and pressure on the primary care services and allow patients to still have one-to-one sessions with their doctor. The use of virtual reality in the context is still in its infancy but is sure to have a huge impact when it is put into practice in the near future.
Personalised or stratified medicine is an emerging technology being used in the life sciences industry. Personalised medicine is achieved by screening people’s genetic profile to search for genetic traits which constitute an increased benefit from using a specific type of drug. By tailoring medicines to specific genetic cohorts of patients, side effects can be reduced and people can live longer and healthier lives with medicines that are suitable for them. The use of genome sequencing technology in this context is not new-the first human genome to be fully sequenced occurred in. However, applying this technology on such a large scale to benefit the lives of all patients is innovative.
A great deal of medicines goes to waste as patients do not wish to take their medicines or they simply forget. This has implications in people’s care because they may not tell their clinician about this lapse in adherence. Therefore, the doctor cannot have a full knowledge of the patient’s adherence to the drugs. Adherence monitors allow for small technologies to be placed inside drugs which alert doctors to notify them that the drugs have been taken. This is hugely innovative and has great potential in the life sciences and health and care industries.
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