The role of Smart Technology in shaping Healthcare and everything for which we should be watching out!
Originally Published by Technology Hits on Medium
Three decades into the evolution of the internet and the expansion of digital information technology, we face a novel rise of technologies that are not only precise but also "smart." It is now the turn of deep learning and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to headline the next global innovation phase.
Intelligent technologies are altering the way we live, communicate, and work. Most are for good causes, but a few are abusive to individual autonomy by design. By considering the good and bad of intelligent technology, we must understand the meaning of the words.
Pinning down a meaning for something as eclectic as intelligent technology can be quite a strenuous task, provided that the field of smart technology is developing relentlessly, making other innovations outdated almost as quickly as they emerge.
Having or showing a quick-witted intelligence is the basic definition of the word "SMART." It cites self-monitoring, computation, and reporting technology.
Innovative technology utilizes artificial intelligence, machine learning, and extensive data analysis to furnish a mental understanding of things deemed inanimate in the past. Although the future of intelligent technology is limitless, the most commonly recognized intelligent systems include: Internet of things (IoT), smart connected devices, and most recently, emerging ones called the Internet of Bodies (IoB). Besides a few fundamental functionality differences, almost all of the mentioned technologies comprise a network of devices that employs various sensors, hardware, software, web connectivity, data analytics, and applications to perform specific tasks. Concerning IoT, the solution brings static physical objects to life through physical performance using the latter utilities.
It uses a spectrum of functionalities that extend from limited automation to fully automated systems. Innovative technology may or may not require internet connectivity. It is convenient as it requires minimal effort to carry out tasks, such as using your voice to activate itself.
Intelligent technology ensures sustainability, Security, and efficiency. It Saves Money and Time, automates repetitive chores, and eliminates lost or wasted time.
Healthcare and Medicine; the new Frontier for Smart Technology
Healthcare and medicine, just like any other industry, have benefited from technology. Significant technological refinements have enabled us to prolong our lives. Still, a bunch of common illnesses and injuries affecting the middle-aged and elderly are here to stay.
Implantable medical devices among looming intelligent technologies are transforming how healthcare is being delivered. These devices' abilities have expanded in recent decades, stemming from better health for patients, and increased revenues for device manufacturers. Even though their benefit to patients and physicians has been transparent and single intended, their profit to the industry leaders has been multifaceted, covert, and exponential. For instance, intelligent technologies like implanted devices in the lower back have assisted patients with sciatica and other persistent back pain causes. But concomitantly, the data is overzealously used for alternate purposes. Indispensable to bear in mind is that the collected information is not just for medical tenacities. Innovative technologies' wireless communication capabilities are a significant source of data abuse, mainly while patients are in open environments. It facilitates access to transmitted data by eavesdroppers or misuse of data by the providers of the technology. They have full access to that information, such as vital signs, diagnosed conditions, therapies, and various personal data.
Smart Medical Devices are Designed to be Independent
Besides being an independent self-learner through an in-depth learning process, smart devices have to be self-powered to be sustainable in delicate environments such as the human body. Traditionally one of the significant challenges of implantable devices has been how to sustain their power supply. Today a variety of technological advances have been able to harness energy from its host environment. For Example, The independent system approach can use body temperature and body motion to generate electrical energy to power the implanted device. On the other hand, the power approaches borrowing an external unit such as optical charging, ultrasonic transducer, and inductive coupling allow transferring the authority giving the ability to power the smart devices in different body locations.
The associate professor of electrical engineering at Stanford University, Ada Poon, has added a new dimension to smart technology independence and developed two self-propelled devices. One drives electrical current right through the fluid to create a turning force that pushes the machine forward. On the other hand, Ada's version of the smart implantable device can move at just over half a centimeter per second. A different version switches current back-and-forth in a wire loop to produce a swishing motion comparable to the movement a kayaker makes to paddle upstream.
Some scholars are contemplating rendering robots and smart Devices to express empathy. They are hoping that way they fill the human touch gap of the technology.
The idea of implantable device autonomy is not just important from the sustainability and functionality perspective. It is also significant because it allows the device with the limitless capacity to learn, collect data, and transmit without discrimination. For Example, while an intelligent cardiac pacemaker conveys information about the heart's electrical activity, concomitantly providing access to patients' locations and activities. In other words, many different pieces of data can be automatically collected while executing the original mission without patient consent. Even if it is consented to by the patient, it would not be through complete transparency, mainly how we will use the data.
Corporations will always direct their Strategies Toward Profits.
The downturn of using innovative technologies is that millennials have become content with expanding the Internet of Things. Because our tools and equipment know more about us than we identify ourselves. Our smartphones are disseminating our every footstep. The corporation's leading objective has always been to overwork its cut value and maximize its revenue stream. But, entities and the big firms have commenced balancing the essential fiscal purpose with additional rudiments such as societal, political, and environmental ambitions to sponsor the calming down stakeholders and ease further profiteering. Smart technologies using deep learning schemes provide corporations with the ability to diversify their revenue source. For Example, using the excuse of containing COVID-19 pandemics, corporations have used smart facial recognition and mapping technology to profile and collect various public personal traits and whereabouts.
Today the large corporations have access to silos of bi