Technology is advancing and with it, medical care is improving. As new devices emerge and big data is intelligently analyzed, researchers and physicians are working together toward new approaches to better the lives of patients and in some cases, to save their lives.
The healthcare industry has always stood to care for patients and to find ways to keep the general population healthy and striving toward healthier, more active lives. As one segment of the industry is analyzing patient data to ensure the quality of life on a daily, monitoring basis, another segment is watching trends and insights emerge over specific ailments, diseases, and life-threatening conditions.
One such condition that researchers and physicians are zoning in on is stroke technology. Every year, thousands of patients and families are affected by strokes, which often come on suddenly and without any precedent. Fortunately and finally, the healthcare industry is seeing a huge breakthrough in helping patients with the most serious strokes get care quickly enough to save their lives.
What is a stroke?
A stroke occurs when the brain is not receiving oxygen. This is typically caused by a clot that cuts of the brain tissues’ supply to oxygen.
What is the new stroke technology?
The problem with strokes is that a patient’s brain might be within minutes to hours of permanent damage. This creates a haphazard line of care, often first serving those with hours to days before permanent damage and failing to tend to those without only a few minutes to receive the care they need to live.
The new stroke technology, the Lucid Robotic System, is a device that allows paramedics to aptly determine the severity of a patient’s stroke on the spot. If a patient’s stroke indicates a critical condition, the patient likely needs to have a complex clot removed to avoid major liability and even fatality. The device allows for immediate awareness of the clot; hence, the patient gets the prompt life-saving care they need.
By evaluating which patients are in the direst need of care, the healthcare system can swiftly prioritize patients by need, ensuring that those whose lives are in jeopardy get the care they need immediately and get to see their brighter days ahead.
What led to the new technology?
Perhaps the most beautiful thing about the emerging technology (besides saving lives) is how the rise of global communication and technology have come together in healthcare to give rise to key insight from patient-collected data.
The Lucid Robotic System takes a scan of a stroke patient’s brain and compares it to scans of fellow stroke victims to determine how serious the clot is relative to the hundreds of thousands of other scans. Without these scans uploaded from other patients, comparison and precise diagnosis for an emergency medical procedure would not be possible.
Big data is tricky to appreciate, especially when you consider how one patient’s profile might possibly make an impact on a stranger’s life across the country (or world!). As practices, clinics, and hospitals continue to upload patient data into a system that can be analyzed from a collective perspective, patterns begin to appear, to surface, to take shape and ultimately, lead to understandings that prompt the industry to implement new life-saving measures and practices.
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