FREMONT, CA: With patient empowerment occupying the center stage, technologies that allow patients to take control of their health and better manage their conditions are in demand. Latest technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) provides insights on how to collect, process, and utilize large chunks of unstructured data in healthcare.
Here are some of the ways how technology is changing drug delivery:
Ease in Drug Delivery
Technology is addressing even the problems that have persisted for decades. For instance, patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma are using conventional inhalation therapy that hasn’t changed much since the last 50 years. According to a study, a majority of patients are not using their inhalers correctly or not using them at all.
With technological advancements in drug delivery apparatuses, some of these problems can be tackled. As an example, 3M Intelligent Control Inhaler is a breath-actuated solution that doesn’t require patients to coordinate their in-breath while the device is triggered. It also provides tips and feedback on the techniques to promote correct use.
The technology into drug delivery devices not only enhances patient outcomes but also offsets the healthcare costs. By injecting a drug efficiently and effectively into a patient, the frequency of costly doctor visits is reduced.
The technology has made it possible to collect real-time report on a patient’s condition. Such reports or information helps a patient to understand his situation with higher visibility. Thus, in the future, the focus must be on action-oriented devices that can coach patients to better outcomes.
Another factor that will shape the drug delivery advancements lies in its design phase. The new approach allows a doctor to understand the patient’s circumstances along with the challenges associated with it. The approach also bridges the conventional doctor-patient platform gap.
As the latest drug delivery devices arrive in the market, it’s essential to ensure that the healthcare and the patients are willing to invest their effort to learn and adopt them. Some doctors complain that sophisticated devices further widen the gap between them and the patients. But spending some time to understand the new tools can be significantly fruitful for the future as it will save time and effort.
Thus it’s crucial to obtain reviews and inputs from the patients and providers at the development phase as well.