Technology has helped increase life spans, minimise recovery times and improve quality of life. At GIM’s recent conference on universal healthcare in India, vice president of One Ethicon Surgical Businesses and J & J Medical India Ashish Kohli pointed out that it isn’t just new innovations that change the healthcare industry, but also the proliferation of technology. He joined Punit Kohli, managing director of Fresenius Medical Care India, in listing out five technological innovations currently changing the healthcare industry in the country
One method of assisted vaginal deliveries is the use of obstetrical forceps, which guide the baby out of the birth canal. However, this has been found to sometimes cause trauma to the mother and child. A lower-risk option is vacuum extraction which applies relatively less force on the baby. Punit Kohli suggested that the World Health Organization (WHO) is working on a way to bring this to the developing world where maternal mortality is currently high.
Dialysis requires large amounts of water, which is a scarce resource in many developing countries, including India. Researchers are working on a method that uses a five-litre canister which will reduce the need for water by up to 10 times.
Within the dialysis sector itself is the development of wearable kidneys. This could be life-changing for patients with kidney issues, eliminating the need for frequent dialysis. It provides continuous renal replacement 24 hours a day and is expected to be more affordable and feasible in the long run.
Biodegradable dialysis bags
Companies like Fresenius Medical Care India are drastically reducing environmental waste by moving to biodegradable stoma bags. Peritoneal dialysis involves each patient using three bags per session, which causes a huge stress on the environment. With biodegradable bags, this burden is lifted.
Ashish Kohli suggested that digital surgery solutions will be a global gamechanger, offering examples such as advanced ablation devices to deal with small tumours and minimal invasive procedures for hysterectomy which allow women to get back on their feet faster than ever before.
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