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15 August 2021
Health Care for Women International
Special Issue Editor(s)
Director, Research and Development, Intelligent Research Consultancy Services
Associate Professor, Adhiyamaan College of Engineering
Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia
National Taipei university of business
Impact of Technology on Women’s Health
Women’s health has proven to be important in demographic transition, economic and social development and overall transformation of the country. Women’s health is vulnerable to risks such as maternal mortality, lack of awareness about certain diseases, etc. The recent advancements in the field of technology and artificial intelligence (AI) are helping in addressing women’s health issues. These initiatives are leading to the empowerment of women by being more vocal about their health issues which were once considered to be societal taboos. Every woman has unique health problems. The recent advancements in mobile health (mHealth), wearable trackers, online consultations with doctors, online services for medication and advanced diagnostic tools had transformed women’s health. Women are being educated about menstrual health, pregnancy, birth controls, breast health and hormonal problems in recent times.
Technologies like Electronic Health Records (EHR) alerts the physician about the health condition of patients with severe conditions. EHR’s saves data about the health condition of women safely so that it becomes easy for the physicians to treat them accordingly. The other important advancement is remote monitoring of new moms. It is of great help to the women who stay in remote areas. Using this technology, new moms can visit doctors online or through phone calls. Similarly, many hospitals and primary care centres use AI to aid with imaging devices to check breast cancer in women. These technologies are committed to reducing the alarming rates of increasing breast cancers. Additionally, a woman undergoes lots of mental health issues at different stages of life due to hormonal changes. Facility to consult doctors and physicians not only for physical health but also for mental health like post-partum depression is revolutionizing women’s health. Meanwhile, home monitoring is also available for certain types of diseases. Subsequently, developing technologies led to the development of surgical methods. The minimal serious surgeries can be done with methods such as laparoscopy. This reduces blood loss, hospitalization time and surgical costs. A number of mobile applications and trackers are available to track weight, diet, exercise, menstrual health, etc. There are also trackers for new moms and lactating moms. There are several online forums to assist women’s health care needs through connected communities. Mobile labs and tests are also available in cities.
Technology has helped in breaking the myths and misconceptions about women's health. Yet there is a lot of unexplored potential in technology that can lead to the transformation of women’s health with innovation and inclusiveness. With growing opportunities for the digital health market, several advancements are expected in the field of women’s health. With increasing accessibility and acceptability, technology has been revolutionizing women’s health. This special issue aims to discuss the growth in technology in women health which opens more topics of discussions.
- Myths and misconceptions about menstrual health and awareness
- STDs in women and technical ways of treatments
- Reproductive health in women and genetic engineering to decrease infant mortality
- Modern and sustainable technologies for menstrual hygiene
- Infertility in women and development of invitro fertilization to overcome the issue
- Family planning and contraceptive options available for women
- Mental health issues in women and passive symptom tracking technologies
- Different types of cancers in women and preventive care
- Educating new moms on wireless prenatal care for their infants
- Increasing the use of self-monitored diagnostic tools for menopause
- Use of robotics in surgical methods
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