Technology has come a long way over the past several decades, and this has led to some truly amazing advancements in the medical field. Today’s healthcare technology is certainly keeping up with “the times” as they continue to evolve. There’s a plethora of promising healthcare technologies currently being developed as we speak, with many more sure to be emerging in the near future.

Below, you will find the top 5 advances in medical computers in 2015:

1. Robotic Surgery “Flight Simulator” Training

The RPCI (Roswell Park Cancer Institute) is climbing up the surgical training ladder and becoming a leader in the industry. This is mainly due to the collaboration of creativity between the RPCI Center for Robotic Surgery and the University at Buffalo’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. The performance of surgical procedures has always required several years of medical training, most of which takes place in a live medical environment, until recently that is.

Now, what sane person would voluntarily board a commercial airplane knowing that the pilot of that aircraft was training on their very first flight? Most of us think of airplane pilots as very experienced, professional fliers.  A lot of pilots initially learn to fly a plane in a realistic “simulated” environment. They actually learn to pilot a plane without ever once touching a real flight control. The medical field should treat surgery with the same approach, and should expect that “the kinks” have already been worked out.

A mechanism called RoSS (Robotic Surgery Simulator) is transforming the way surgeons perfect their skills. It allows for real-world viewing of actual surgeries, giving aspirant, practiced and/or professional surgeons opportunities to experiment in a simulated environment. It essentially gives them the tools needed to “get things right” for when they actually perform the surgeries in real life.

This tool has been around for a short while, but now, Simulated Surgical Systems is producing them.

2. Enterprise Cloud Business Software Systems

With applications like referralMD Physician Referral Management Platform In the Cloud, providers from literally every field of medical practice can reach out to build and maintain relationships with networks of referring providers without having to rely the old system of using referral pads. It gives medical providers the ability to create digital referral letters and the organization can promote themselves to literally millions of prospective patients and other medical providers who may be seeking treatment options.

This also eliminates the headache of medical providers having to keep tons of paper forms in their offices for each specialist they are working with, thus eliminating gaps in care and loss of money, and decreasing the potential of medical malpractice lawsuits.

3. The General “Hospital Room” Experience

Companies like NXT Health are changing the “hospital room experience” for the better.

The goal of the NXT Patient Room 2020 from NXT Health on Vimeo is to both improve and enhance system interoperability to help eliminate technological clutter and wasteful redundancy in the rooms of many medical facilities.

This modernized hospital room design features a system that is both pre-fabricated and modular. The system also has interchangeable parts allowing the occurrence of adaptations with a minimal amount of impact on the operations of the facility. Also woven into the design are technological touch points that let the patients in the facility adjust the environmental features of the room, collaborate with their caregivers, and even connect with remote loved ones.

4. Holographic Images

Each year, over 2,000,000 people fall victim to hospital-acquired infections, and 100,000 of those people die. Treating these infections is costing nearly $20,000,000,000. A holographic input device, such as a holographic keyboard, could help reduce this high number of infections.

Being able to input data without having to physically touch devices like keyboards and mice could dramatically reduce the amount of germs and bacteria spread by improper sanitization of these types of devices. A company in Tokyo, Japan called HaptoMime has invented a technology utilizing reflective surfaces to design a “floating” virtual screen that users can still physically feel. Although this new technology is currently in its infancy, it may hold a lot of promise for the future.

Holographic imaging can also provide medical professionals with comprehensive views of procedural details.

5. Improved Blood-Test Experiences

A company called Theranos has designed a way to conduct blood tests using micro-samples of human blood that are 1/1000th of the size of a normal blood draw. This will result in a reduction of lab fee costs and an improved patient experience.