Science-based breakthroughs that can save lives & money


Whenever a new development in the scientific realm leads to real-life breakthroughs, individuals and businesses can achieve better results. That’s the case with recent advances like RAS (robot assisted surgery), car backup cameras, microchips for tracking elderly patients, and teleconferencing. Even older tech inventions like GPS continue to offer users multiple ways to make the most out of a single invention or concept. How do companies and consumers benefit from scientific breakthroughs? Consider the following examples.

Medicine: Robot Assisted Surgery

In cancer-related surgeries alone, the advent of robot-assisted procedures has transformed the modern hospital OR (operating room). The primary advantage of RAS is that it is much less invasive than traditional methods. However, even the most advanced devices, like the Da Vinci Robot, only work when they’re operated by a skilled human surgeon. Because of the less invasive technique, robot assisted surgeries offer shorter recovery times to patients. Likewise, doctors who are skilled at using the Da Vinci and similar units can complete many more operations in each amount of time compared to traditional methods.

Fleet Transportation: GPS (Global Positioning Systems)

In the transport industry, fleet managers do most of the heavy lifting. Because they’re responsible for so many facets of the operation, it’s important for them to use as much cutting-edge technology as possible. However, in a few instances, it’s not the newest systems and software that do the trick. Instead, scientific breakthroughs from years past come to the rescue of busy, stressed-out fleet supervisors.

One example is the modern GPS system that delivers multiple benefits for transport firms in today’s competitive business environment. GPS technology is the old reliable high-tech way for managers to achieve across-the-board savings, reach safety goals, and maximize real-world efficiency for large and small fleet operations. As time goes by, GPS users in the commercial sector discover new and creative ways to leverage the power of the technology to boost their bottom lines, deliver goods on time, and do their jobs even under stressful conditions.

Automotive Industry: Backup Cameras

The small, relatively simple device known as a backup camera to most drivers is truly a wonder of modern science. The devices are not only tiny, but they’re also good at delivering highly detailed color images to drivers in all conditions. The name is somewhat of a misnomer because people use the units to see what’s happening behind their vehicles, whether they’re in the process of backing up or not. These are helpful safety feature for those who wonder if college kids are dangerous drivers, or any newly licensed person for that matter.

Healthcare: Microchips

Chipping is the new term for the practice of placing a permanent or removable microchip into a person, animal, or inanimate object with the goal of tracking its location in real time. The latest use of the technique in healthcare has already had profound repercussions on the overall safety and care of elderly dementia patients. In large Alzheimer’s units, medical workers no longer must worry about older residents wandering away and getting lost. When all patients are fitted with microchips in their shoes, clothing, or just underneath the skin of their ankles, they’re never in danger of wandering outside the facility and encountering danger, like busy roadways or crowded city streets.