4 Healthcare Breakthroughs to Look Forward to in 2017

New year. New beginnings. New medicine!

Like 2016, we expect 2017 to be filled with advancements in cures, research, treatments, and technology in healthcare. NurseCore hopes that these developments in healthcare can make nurses and patients happier and healthier. Here are just a few of the medical developments we are most looking forward to in the coming year:

1. “Tricorders”

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Straight from sci-fi, the Tricorder once only lived in the imagination of Star Trek fans across the galaxy. On the classic sci-fi show, Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy would scan the patient with the handheld device and instantly receive a diagnosis. It’s the dream of healthcare workers everywhere.

This dream may become a reality sooner than you think – well, sort of. About 5 years ago, Qualcomm announced a $10 million prize to anyone who could design such a device. The winner will be announced early this year. Live long and prosper!

2. Fake Blood

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We’re not talking about the kind of fake blood people use on Halloween costumes. In 2017, we might just see the emergence of synthetic blood to treat patients. This year, 20 volunteers will take part in a trial conducted by England’s National Health Service. Each subject will receive small amounts of synthetic blood. This blood has come from stem cell research with the intention of treating diseases like sickle cell anemia.

3. Advances in Augmented/Virtual Reality

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In 2016, Virtual Reality (VR) technology seemed to take over the gaming world. How better to enjoy a game than to be in it completely? It’s time for VR and Augmented Reality (AR) to take over the healthcare world as well.

Some healthcare professionals already have tools like AccuVein that uses AR to help phlebotomists and nurses find patients’ veins. In 2017, we expect VR and AR to become ever more widespread. This could help patients get a visual understanding of their procedures, medical students learn, and surgeons be more precise.

4. FHIR

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The Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources is set to launch this year, which is exciting news for anyone interested in interoperability. If you’re tired of different departments having difficulty communicating, you’re going to love this new tool.

It allows healthcare workers to receive the health information they need about a patient without having to sort through extra information. FHIR intends to save time, money, and lives. We’re excited to see it in action.

What advancements are you looking forward to this year? Let us know! For more news and tips, follow NurseCore on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

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