Technological Advances: Impact on Medicine/Health

Have you ever stopped to wonder how medicine and health have been influenced by technology? The proof is all around us, whether it is in hospital waiting rooms, record rooms, operating rooms, or the traditional doctor’s office. Every aspect of healthcare has been affected; all you have to do is compare today to one hundred years ago. All of the changes that you would see were all made by technology. It has revolutionized the way that we identify harmful organisms or viruses, figure out hereditary disorders, diagnose afflicted citizens, and the way we treat those who are ill.

Diagnosing Patients

With the wide assortment of tests that are out there, we can identify nearly any type of disease, illness, disability, or disorder. Some tests are able to identify simple markers such as an above average concentration of bacteria or viruses (indicating infection or illness), abnormal levels of insulin, hormone imbalances, and much more. Other tests look for more severe problems, such as cancerous tumors or cells, blood disorders, or STD’s. If you or a loved one is at risk of being diagnosed with genetic disorders such as Alzheimer’s or Hemochromatosis, a genetic test can be performed in order to reveal whether or not there is a future risk for it. There are so many different diagnostic tests available, which would not have been possible if it wasn’t for research and technology.

Preventing Future Health Problems

Several tools have made their way into the market to prevent future health issues. One of which is the e-cig. You can find these in many different places, with online vendors such as being the most convenient. Electronic cigarettes are a healthier substitute for tobacco, leading health professionals to suggest them to heavy tobacco users. Lung cancer is one of the most prevalent health issues, especially among smokers. Usage of these devices could greatly reduce the risk among the masses in the future. Psychotherapy is also a wonderful preventative, as it helps individuals avoid severe mental or emotional debilitation in the future. When one suffers from a mental issue and goes untreated, the problems can quickly go from only afflicting the mind to physical issues.

Organizing Staff and Patient Records

With the number of patients that go in and out of hospitals daily, it would be a major headache if organization and records could not keep up. Again, technology has stepped in. Rather than hand-written documents, hospitals and offices have incorporated printed documents to be filled in. Some have even gone completely digital, and keep all of their records on computers. With the assistance of digital technology, staff can organize, send, share, and edit files and records from their stations; while others can access the information from their own computers. This has led to saving time among medical staff, a much more organized record keeping system, and in the case of digital record keeping systems? There is a huge reduction in paper use which benefits the environment; as well as legible text (rather than the scribbling of a nurse or doctor).

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  1. Elena Anne

    Very true. Technological advancements have completely revolutionized the medical industry (and continue to do so). Just think of the way medicine was practiced just 50 years ago. Or 100! One thing that never changes, though, is that we have a huge responsibility for preserving our own health and preventing illness. With the wonders of modern medicine and a commitment to healthy living, we have every opportunity to live a long and happy life!
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