Healthcare sector is seeing a rapid growth and it’s evolving faster than we imagined. The health systems and insurance companies have decided that they can no longer wait for the slow decline and jumped on the technology bandwagon. They have started using the great technology that is at their disposal and helping their staff spend less time doing manual labour. As mergers and acquisitions are heating up, 2018 is going to be an exciting year for healthcare technology. But what are the top healthcare technologies of 2018? Let’s have a look.
Gene therapy for inherited retinal diseases
Expected to receive a number of FDA approvals in 2018, the growing research of specific genetic etiology may soon restore vision loss in patients. Recombinant AAV2 vector encoding a functional copy of the RPE65 gene is expected to receive FDA approval in the next year. The gene therapy won’t cure blindness completely, but will instead preserve the vision that is already there. A new methodology called optogenetics, which involved modifying cells to function as other cells, could bring new hope to treating the diseases.
Hybrid Closed-Loop Insulin Delivery System
Hybrid closed-loop insulin delivery system, better known as an artificial pancreas will be the most anticipated disruptor of 2018. It has taken so long to get to market because of a “fear of failure” – too much or too little insulin could be a problem. A significant step toward the development of a fully capable closed-loop solution is Medtronic’s MiniMed 670G artificial pancreas.
As we see, these changes are either taking place in the healthcare domain or fast gaining momentum. We are slowly and steadily moving towards an advanced technological healthcare space.