Medical advancements coming in 2017 – In case you hadn’t noticed, science is awesome. It surprises us all the time with new discoveries and turns the stuff of dreams into realistic, workable inventions that we can often take for granted in our fast-paced world. Medical science, in particular, is progressing at such a quick rate that some of the stuff we’re used to seeing in science-fiction films may soon find its way into our healthcare system.
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According to a panel of top doctors at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio and research conducted by many of the world’s leading universities and medical institutes, the following innovations have the power to change the face of the healthcare industry and the potential to transform the lives of millions of people.
From human head transplants and cancer catchers to new ways of treating depression, these medical game-changers will be a reality in 2017. The notion that these innovations will soon be available is astounding – whether they work or not is an exciting prospect. If any of these advancements seem hard to believe, remember that until recently, technology such as video-calling, smartphones and regular space travel were all once works of science-fiction.
By this time next year, these medical marvels will not only be possible, but many could also be incredibly successful. For those that are, the landscape of human health could be irreversibly changed forever. Here are 12 reasons to get excited for scientific innovation in 2017 and why each one will take a giant leap in medical history.
12. FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources)
Many hospital billing departments and health insurance companies around the world have been under enormous pressure for years and almost close to breaking point due to a needlessly complicated system. As a result, patients often face a frustrating delay when it comes to paying medical bills and even making a simple doctor’s appointment.
Thanks to a new tool known as FHIR, healthcare systems will be able to function a lot more easily in 2017. FHIR or Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources aims to act as an interpreter between two healthcare systems. This will help streamline the process of things like billing and retrieving clinical data. Why is this so revolutionary? Because the quicker life-saving data and technology can be shared with other health departments, the more lives it will ultimately save.