Updating healthcare technology
Such technology includes lasers to identify the proteins expressed in the cell membrane, nanosensors that determine whether the cell is uptaking or excreting an ion such as potassium or calcium, biosensors to detect cancer markers, and atomic force microscopes that enable material to be handled on nanometre and nanonewton scales.
In short, a wide range of diagnostic systems have been designed that can more accurately detect the physiology and localization of a specific disease.
However, more knowledge is needed to perfect the process.
He states, “We are beginning to understand which biochemical, biophysical or mechanical signals activate cells to regenerate tissue.
Major challenges and opportunities will arise in the health sector in the future.
Although sophisticated medical technology is already available in health systems in developed countries, further advances are constantly being made.
This enables action to be taken only when strictly necessary.
One of the aims of this project is to reduce the probability of drug administration errors, through a secure patient identification system that uses radiofrequency technology and also enables patients to be located in the health centre.
The researcher Josep Paradells explained that “the most interesting feature of these sensors, which are being placed in the hospital rooms and connected to each other by a mesh network (a wireless network with no infrastructure), is the fact that they configure themselves and collaborate with other sensors.
Support for hospital management The development of information and communication technology that is adapted to the hospital environment and remote healthcare has great potential for the future.
One application of this technology that is already being introduced in Mataró Hospital is a project in which the Wireless Networks Group (WNG) of the UPC’s Department of Telematics Engineering has participated.