Understanding Assistive Technology in the Medical Industry

Medical facilities remain incomplete without assistive technologies which determine their successful operation. Hospitals and nursing homes ensure the quality of their assistive technology apparatus to serve the best to their patients.

This article examines the pertinent functions and benefits of assistive technologies in the medical industry. It elucidates their working principle and benefits for differently-abled patients in distress.

Keep reading to understand the pivotal role of assistive technologies in the healthcare sector.

What is Assistive Technology?

Assistive technologies refer to rehabilitative, assertive, and adaptive technologies for disabled individuals. Assistive tools aid elderly or physically challenged patients to perform their day-to-day activities with ease and comfort.

In the medical industry, these technologies cater to the independence and individual functioning of geriatric patients. It enhances their motivation and allows them to perform at par with their peers.

Assistive technology devices couple the benefits of technical components for information and communication. It primarily includes vision and hearing aids, toiletries, wheelchairs, walking sticks, etc.

WHO on Assistive Technologies

World Health Organization (WHO) issues the following statistical data on assistive technology:

  • More than 1 billion of the global population need at least 1 assistive technology product or service.

  • Factors such as aging and widespread communicable disease, the global population in the need for assistive technology tools anticipates expansion. It may even attain a value of 2 billion by 2030.

  • However, the sad part of the story is, only 1 out of 10 people have access to assistive technology products. The others face a setback due to a lack of awareness and a low-income ratio.

Target Areas of Assistive Technology

Global assistive technologies target six core domains. It constitutes:

  • Self-care and personal hygiene.

  • Physical and mental health.

  • Mobility.

  • Social connectedness and isolation.

  • Safety and security.

  • Leisure and everyday activities.

Who can benefit from Assistive Technology?

Assistive technologies target the following audience:

  • Physically challenged individuals.

  • Geriatric population.

  • People with chronic ailments such as cardiac arrests and high blood insulin levels.

  • Psychologically challenged people or those suffering from autism and dementia.

  • Individuals with weak body metabolism and undergoing organ malfunctioning.

Advantages of Assistive Technology

Assistive technologies incur the below-mentioned advantages to upgrade the living standards of the patients:

  • Potential risk management for patients from aging and disability crisis.

  • Improvement of memory and recall activities.

  • Stress reduction in both the patients and their caregivers.

  • Fostering autonomy and independence in people.

  • Curtailing the chances of early hospital admits.

Examples of Assistive Technologies

Here are a few examples of assistive technology devices in the medical industry:

  • Vision: Magnifier, eyeglass, GPS integrated navigation device, Braille system for writing and reading.

  • Hearing: amplified telephone, headphones, and hearing aids.

  • Mobility: Wheelchairs, walkers, chair leg extenders, calipers, artificial hands/legs/ hand splints.

  • Speech: Electronic speech cards, electronics, and communication devices with synthetic and record speech cassettes and videos.

  • Environment: hearing loop, simple signs, ramps, tactile maps, accessible toilets, and bathrooms.

  • Mental: Picture-based illustrations, manual and automatic reminders, audio-recorders, schedule, and calendars.

Assistive Technologies and ZEPNURhealth

ZEPNURhealth a trusted and committed brand for your medical procurements and deliverables. Our company facilities the following communications aids in the assistive technology category.

Tobii Dynavox Eye Mobile Mini

  • This assistive technology device furnishes a hand-free mobile or computer browsing experience.

  • Integrated with premium eye trackers, it works with respect to your eye movements and helps you navigate across the digital interface.

  • With this, you can read and watch wonderful e-books, movies, web series, etc.

  • It gives you access to 10000+ applications.

  • You can also mount it on your wheelchair and use it as per your convenience.

  • It is enabled with RHEAdapt and Dassy.

  • Also compatible with Wi-Fi, 3G, and 4G connections.

  • Uses Microsoft Surface Pro and other windows integrations for a mind-blowing surfing experience.

  • Its manufacturing company issues an automatic configuration guide in case of doubts.

  • Compatible in Windows 7, 8.1, or 10.

Tobii Dynavox PCEye-Mini

It is a lightweight, compact, and a service eye-tracking device.

  • It is especially useful for people with hearing impairments.

  • The device operates with natural and relaxed eye movements.

  • The equipment is both flexible and portable.

  • Gives an incredible browsing experience on a 19 inches screen.

  • Has an integrated zoom option for enlarged viewing.

  • Featured with calibration target with a catch-eye for precision.

  • You can also use it with your specs and contact lenses without any difference in the visualizing experience.

Tobii Dynavox i Series

Tobii Dynavox i-12+ and i-15+ are amazing devices for speech generation.

  • These are enabled with Rett, ALS or Stroke/Aphasia, Cerebral Palsy for better articulation.

  • It is useful for speaking under all situations and circumstances, including long-distance communication, environmentally controlled communication, and voice output features.

  • Its I-series+ model is beneficial for Augmented and Alternative Communication (AAC).

  • The device has a superior battery backup and an impeccable power management system.

  • It operates with accuracy and standard precision.

  • You can freely move your head while using this assistive technology device.

  • It has a 95% user-friendly track record.

Altogether, assistive technologies are a boon to the medical industry. Their endorsed devices and products extensively benefit major chunks of the global population and upgrade their living standards.

ZEPNURhealth supports assistive technology initiatives and allows them to expect their end-user audience. We facilities medical and healthcare procurable across India.

Log in to https://zepnurhealth.com/ for more information regarding our deliverables.


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