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How Technology Has Changed The Medical Industry

by Christina Morgan
Technology in medicine

Technological innovations in recent decades have changed our lives in a greater way, especially in the medical field. It hasn’t yet stopped and will never too, there are increasingly new inventions made, to cure a disease completely or control them. For not the inventions then, human existence will be the most difficult part. Thanks to the scientists, researchers, and doctors, for making our lives much better to live, and a reason in it to live. Right from the patient registration until the self-lab tests everything has. No need of keeping books and ledgers, receipts and prescriptions, everything is available not just on your computer, but the smartphone.

Among many others, the below few are the most important technological evolutions in the medical industry in recent decades. Health Record-Electronic: In the year 2009, there were only 16% of hospitals using this facility. But by 2015 close to 85-90% of the hospitals had systems in place which were easy to keep up records of patients and search when needed. With the earlier systems, there was one system for the patient record, one for pharmacy, and one for labs and documentation. It was very difficult to track information from these systems of one record.

Now, with integration, these systems on a single platform have helped much and it’s become easier to maintain. There is no need to search for the patient details in case of emergency if the person was consulting here before. Just one Id all the details and medicines given so far is traced and so treatment is given. Not just this, it’s going to change further for better. There is a big shift seen in New York in the data usage, as this data is known to use for data and population health tool.

composite image of doctor using digital tablet

MHealth:

This mhealth is a tool which takes health care out of labs and hospitals and makes it a part of your life. With a growing number of ailments and the type of treatments too, there is a need for staying connected. With this connectivity, one can take care of their health at any point in time and from any part of the globe. With mhealth, you can check your pressure levels, insulin levels and get prescriptions for it, all just being connected. A simple tool with an amazing implication!

Telehealth:

Telehealth is most preferably used in rural areas where the access to health care systems is less. This is accessed where there are fewer resources compared to metropolitan cities. Telehealth is also cost beneficial. This system is used to cut down time consumption of visiting a health clinic in person. You can take up a video chat with a physician and analyze the problem get a solution. So, this is known to cut costs on employers and employees of taking leaves and walking all the way to the clinic. Instead, they can take a video call and get the necessary health check-up done, all the same place.

Self-service kiosks:

Helping people in registration desks without any others interference, these self-service kiosks have helped the medical industry immensely. This helps the hospital in cost savings and cuts time and error. Though it doesn’t eliminate the human-human interaction, it reduces the time taken for much less important things; enabling staffs to be enrolled for much higher roles.

Two busy researchers using microscope and computer in the laborator

Surgery simulation:

This is one of the biggest boons of technology. Rather than allowing newbies directly on patients for experimenting, these simulations give them a real experience to learn and know the ways of surgery. The biggest benefit here is there is no life under risk, yet learning happens.

Streamlined lab testing:

Due to companies like ‘Theranos’ which have designed a way to take up tests with micro samples, one-thousandth of the regular blood drawn for testing. This is known to reduce the costs of widely used lab tests and give a better experience for the patients.

Remote Monitoring tools:

These tools have helped in reducing the costs of regularly visiting clinics. For example, a pacemaker transmits data from the person to the data center regularly. And if there are any pattern changes, signals the hospital or the data receiving unit of a change and gathers attention, without the person needing to check in each day.

Not just cardiac problems other chronic ailments can also be treated in the same way. These are a very basic and important technological innovation that has changed many of lives for better and is still on the way in doing so

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