From 3D-printed limbs to regenerated organs to tiny robots that detect diseases, the world of health technology is changing at an impressive pace. The development of new technologies is constantly underway to reverse the aging process and extend human lives.
Thanks to medicine, sports technology, and surgical developments, human bodies physically last longer than ever before. Doctors are able to achieve breakthroughs today that once were considered science fiction, and these technologies will only continue to improve — if they’re given the support they need.
Combatting the Technology Gap
Medical technology has the potential to extend lives and enhance productivity. Thus, younger generations need to pay attention to health technology developments now.
However, the gap between technology and research continues to widen, and this gap renders valuable research inapplicable to people due to nonexistent or inadequately developed technology.
Lack of interest, funding, and public awareness for these new advancements among younger generations could jeopardize opportunities to solve problems and make breakthroughs in the medical and healthcare fields. In turn, the scarce supply of health technology could lead to a chain reaction of unattended health conditions and uncontrolled inflation. And if we fail to identify and address certain health concerns early, new problems could arise before a viable solution ever surfaces.
Millennials, however, can move the industry forward and have a responsibility to do so — not just for themselves, but also for future generations.
Millennials Are the Answer
Millennials have the skills and manpower to combat the technology gap and help usher in viable solutions. Here’s why they’re the generation for the job:
They are intuitive with technology.
Millennials have an advantage when it comes to reforming the traditional healthcare system: knowledge of technology acquired from a young age. Data analysis, mobile health applications, and telemedicine technologies can improve traditional medicine practices.
They have the means to visualize concepts and enhance understanding.
Developments in imaging and display systems can impact healthcare. Fast-processing computers, graphic design, 3D printing, and other advanced tools can teach complicated concepts involved in biotech and healthcare technology. Millennials’ ability to use these tools can boost other groups’ understanding of these ideas.
They are expert communicators.
Millennials live in an era of communication transparency in which everything can easily be found online. Millennials are skilled at spreading information to wide audiences and can therefore expertly share the word about new healthcare advances.
The Millennial generation is considered the generation of impact. Thus, they can contribute greatly to the growth of health technology. If the generation invests financially in new technologies, advocates for R&D funding in legislation, and participates in the health tech fields, the threatening technology gap will surely shrink.