Many industry experts have made predictions for the changes in the healthcare industry over the next few years. The healthcare industry is in a period of rapid development, spurred by such international crises as the Covid pandemic.
Innovation is happening in pharmaceuticals, medical equipment, and treatment protocols. Dr Ryan Shelton of Zenith Labs shares some of the upcoming changes that will affect medical treatment for years to come.
New Drug Developments
New drugs are being studied that will help patients with plaque psoriasis, a painful and disfiguring condition. These drugs are classified as inhibitors, meaning that they work to block particular enzymes and proteins. These drugs are far more effective than today’s treatments already on the market, and they will present more options to members of the public diagnosed with plaque psoriasis.
Developments are also taking place in drugs for diabetes and metabolic syndrome. While there have been several promising updates to diabetes treatment over the past few years, new drugs such as tirzepatide (produced by Eli Lilly) have the potential to lower A1C values and help patients lose up to 13 percent of their body weight.
Monoclonal antibodies are well-known in their treatment of Covid, but they are taking off in other areas of medicine as well. Lilly announced that their monoclonal antibody, lebrikizumab, was effective against ulcerative colitis in clinical trials.
New drugs will also be available for patients with celiac disease. These supportive drug therapies from 9 Meters Biopharma are meant to help patients whose celiac disease remains a problem even though they have cut gluten from their diets for the past six to 12 months.
HIV treatment is also receiving much-needed updates. Medical researchers with Johnson & Johnson believe that their drug Cabenuva, which is already used as a treatment for the disease, will also be used as an HIV preventative. This exciting development may help people at risk of contracting HIV avoid the serious effects of the disease altogether.
Advances in Medical Equipment
There are many areas in which medical equipment has grown and will continue to develop rapidly. Robotic surgery is poised to grow over the next several years. The technology was pioneered in the 1990s and early 2000s, but it has improved greatly since then. Robotic surgery allows doctors to make minimally invasive incisions. The equipment allows for better surgical dexterity. Remote surgery is also possible.
Sensors will also continue to develop in the upcoming years. These sensors will be more accurate and, in many cases, will be wireless. When monitoring patients is easier and more comfortable, there will be greater health benefits for all. Doctors will know how their patients are progressing daily, rather than only receiving the snapshots of data gained from office visits.
Many wearable forms of medical technology are now available. Bluetooth and other forms of connectivity are revolutionizing wearable and implanted medical devices. Inhalers, pacemakers, and other forms of equipment will be released with the capability of communicating with patients’ smartphones and with their doctors’ computer systems. This will help doctors track a patient’s wellness and the effectiveness of their drugs and medical equipment.
3-D printing is one of the most exciting technological breakthroughs of the past several years. Its use will continue to be refined within the medical industry. Progressing past plastic and ceramic printing, doctors will soon perform bioprinting of blood vessels and small organs like the pancreas. Bioprinting is superior to traditional organ transplants because there is a far lower chance of complications like organ rejection.
One of the lasting developments to come out of the Covid pandemic is the rise of telemedicine. Telemedicine will only continue to grow over the next several years, taking an even more important position in the healthcare field as a whole. Telemedicine allows patients to attend appointments without the fear of catching an infectious disease. It allows them to be treated without leaving the privacy and comfort of their home settings.
Tracking Upcoming Medical Advances
Dr. Ryan Shelton and his team at Zenith Labs are hard at work tracking the medical advances that will make a difference in the months and years to come. These changes to the medical industry will relieve pain and discomfort, reduce the transmission of serious illness, and keep the population healthier on the whole. They may also be able to lower healthcare costs by providing preventive alternatives.
Dr Ryan Shelton would like to invite interested patients to fully research all of the future developments connected with their conditions. They may work with their doctors to enter clinical trials and receive this type of help before it is available to the general public.