The past year needs no introduction. Beyond the interruptions, fears and anxieties that have found their way into every facet of our day to day lives, entire industries have, for the most part, been brought to their knees. The medical world is, of course, no exception; rather, its current state is emblematic of the full toll wrought by Covid-19 – and as a representation of how much work is required, beyond mass immunisations, before we can regain a semblance of ‘normalcy’.
Still, innovation in this sphere has, for centuries now, been defined by a remarkable propensity for adaptation and rapid advancement. While unprecedented, this is not the first foe to face the health of the global population, and the medical world is certainly capable of managing a strong recovery.
Already, we are seeing examples of this predisposition toward progress, rather than stagnation. Read more below.
Seemingly Small Changes are Having a Mammoth Impact
The medical sector is not only under the new pressures of making up for lost ground in the wake of Covid-19; it is also under the pre-existing pressure to make significant advancements on issues that have existed much longer than this most recent crisis.
Change can be brought on by all manner of things. From June Medical’s innovative reinvention of the classic Lonestar retractor, to the development of ultra-cold, portable storage solutions, many of the changes being introduced are already coming to represent pivotal moments in the medical world’s long and fascinating history.
Technology is Ready for the Next Era
From artificial intelligence and machine learning to our capabilities with screening for genetic diseases, 3D printing patients’ organs, and redesigning the layout of operating rooms, the supportive and pioneering technologies medical professionals require in order to be propelled into a new age of medicine are gradually making their entrances into everyday use.
While it will, of course, take many years before these technologies are made versatile and available enough for the global sector, now marks the very beginning of an entirely new era – one defined by better health, and wider scope for development.
The Good News Hasn’t Stopped
2020 certainly left a sour taste in our mouths, and none of us will look back on the year and find that its highpoints excelled beyond the negative. Bad news was all too common – particularly from the medical world.
Still, it is important to remember that the good news was not replaced by the bad. Instead, it was spoken over and drowned out (at least for the most part).
From the near-eradication of ovarian cancer in the US, to the steady decline of deaths due to cardiovascular disease, 2020 represented a pivotal year for many of the most hotly debated health crises of our modern age. Of course, there is no denying that it is been setback in countless ways due to the disruptions caused by Covid-19 – but, at the same time, it is clear to see that the wheels of progress will continue to turn in spite of near-insurmountable challenges.