Next-generation medical devices combine medical equipment with software platforms that leverage emerging technologies to offer new features and functionalities that support patient diagnosis, treatment, and monitoring. These technologies include AI, machine learning (ML), virtual reality, robotics, advanced mobile and web technologies, and sophisticated sensors.
These neo-medical devices are also becoming smarter and smaller due to improvements in computing power. Compared to legacy devices with limited functions, these medical devices seek to offer enhanced security and safety, improved clinical workflow integration, data management automation, and patient experience.
Next-gen medical devices can broadly be categorized into diagnostic, treatment, and monitoring devices based on their use cases. Next-gen diagnostic devices support precise diagnosis and early disease detection by leveraging tech like AI, nanobots, and the internet of medical things (IoMT) to capture patient data and provide enhanced insights into a patient’s health within a clinical setting. Next-gen treatment devices, including surgical and non-surgical devices, use advanced technologies such as AI, robotics, and bioimplants to enable personalized care and minimally invasive treatment delivery to ensure improved clinical outcomes while reducing medical errors. Further, next-gen monitoring devices, which are often interoperable and integrated into health systems, monitor patients’ vital signs noninvasively and continuously to ensure timely action in a hospital setting, using tech like IoMT, ML, and smart sensors.
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