Over the past decade, technology has completely changed our world – from how we socialise, to how we’re entertained, and even how we look after ourselves. How else has technology changed healthcare, and what’s next?
Ten years ago, smartphones were just emerging and the Android operating system was a new and exciting opportunity for software developers. Tablets soon came along and became mainstream in the following years with the launch of the iPad, which made the internet even more accessible. Wearable tech really took off around this time too, with the launch of Fitbits giving people an easy, engaging way to be more aware of their health.
It was at this time that we saw that healthcare landscape start to change as tech innovation really started to grow. A new in-ear hearing aid was developed and could be controlled discretely using a magnetic wand held close to the ear – something that sounded impossible only a few years before. Our health really was put into our hands – more and more people had consistent internet access and the ability to search symptoms, causes and remedies was suddenly at our fingertips. This dramatically changed not only how we live our lives, but also how we look after our health and our attitudes towards it.