What is Patient Monitors, and how can they influence the future?
For most people their understanding of patient monitoring stops at the bedside heart monitor. But patient monitoring involves much more than this, and since it first came to prominence in the 1600’s, its applications have only been increased. The modern medical industry are constantly developing new ways of early detection and prevention of diseases and medical conditions.
The development of new techniques to monitor the health and well being of patients is a fast growing and advanced field within alternative medicine, predictive medicine, smart medicine, biomedical-aided integrative medicine. These areas all put emphasis on the monitoring of comprehensive medical data from patients, at risk people, and even healthy people. This is done in a variety of ways by using advanced minimally invasive biomedical devices, sensors, lab-on-chip devices that will one day become nanorobots, an computerized medical diagnosis, accompanied by a short medical interview and drug prescription.
In recent years more and more research has been done on the human body’s ability to heal itself, as well as the more harmful effects of the everday medications that we have taken and trusted for decades. In many medical situations, chemical drugs only offer relief from symptoms, but the root of the problem remains hidden until a more comprehensive understanding of the human biological system is achieved. Within the human body there are self-healing systems and ontervening without the proper data can lead to damaging these systems or eliminating them completely. This is why patient monitoring is fast becoming an advanced and invaluable practice in any situation.
Future Applications and Examples
• Serotonin Biosensor – Future serotonin biosensors could assist with detection of depression and mood disorders
• Stress Monitoring – Stress monitoring could have the added effects of not only detecting stress before someone can sufficiently notice it themselves, but also offering ways of reducing stress.
• Epilepsy Monitoring – The future of epilepsy is bright with the next generation of long term video EEG monitoring could have the ability to predict seizures before they occur, and and prevent them with changes to daily lifestyle, such as sleep, mood, stress, and nutrition management.
• Toxicity Monitoring – These sensors could one day detect toxic chemicals such as lead and mercury and provide alerts.
• Blood Glucose Monitoring – In vivo blood glucose monitoring devices can transmit information to a computer in order to suggest daily lifestyle changes and nutrition management which a medical professional can then advise on. This is particularly helpful for those who suffer from or are at risk for conditions such as type 2 diabetes.
• Continuous Blood Test Based Nutrition – In the field of evidence based nutrition, a lab-onchip implant may one day be able to run blood tests 24/ which will relay the information back to a computer in order to suggest lifestyle and diet changes.
• Psychiatrist-On-A-Chip – In clinical brain sciences in vivo Bio-MEMS based bisosensors may be able to assist with the early treatment and even the prevention of mental health issues.