There is no denying that technology has accelerated the improvement and the research done in the field of medicine. All thanks to technology, a lot of cures have been discovered and manufactured and more diseases are detected at an earlier stage.
But while there are many things to be grateful for in this age of high tech, what exactly are the ways technology has improved healthcare? This article enumerates some of the changes the medical industry has undergone in the past few decades.
The Internet became a guide to everyone’s health
The most obvious advantage of technology for a lot of people is the Internet. Unlike before when people guessed what your illness was, you can now simply consult the Internet about the symptoms of a certain disease.
The Internet has proven to be a large database for medical information and what’s best about it is that anyone who has a smartphone and a data plan can access it anywhere, anytime. It can also be used to find ways on how people can improve their health. This cuts down their trips to the doctor and the amount of time they waste researching on alternatives for their health.
Wider coverage of healthcare
Although mobile clinics are far from being a staple in rural areas, healthcare has widely increased its coverage because machines nowadays have become more compact. This means that they are easier to transport and are easier to operate.
Moreover, the invention of mobile phones has made doctors more accessible even if they are not physically there. This is a huge help for people living in far-flung areas where they don’t have easy access to hospital or clinics.
More research can be done about different health problems
Thanks to technology, there are fewer limitations to researching on the different diseases that affect the body. It’s not just the microscope that becomes useful today. There are more advanced machines that help doctors study the cause of a disease and even witness it develop from an early stage to an advanced one.
At the same time, researchers can now experiment more on different possible cures to once incurable diseases. And while they are at it, the Internet is there to keep track of their progress. There are some doctors and researchers who publish their findings online and this has helped give hope to those suffering from incurable diseases.
Fewer errors in results
This improvement is huge in the medical industry simply because the more accurate the results are, the better the diagnosis will be. For diseases that have the same symptoms, the accuracy of results is critical because it can mean the difference between cancer or an infection.
The accuracy of results today enables doctors and patients alike know whether a patient is normal or at risk in terms of their blood count, platelet count, etc.
More efficient file storage
Although this does not directly affect your health, efficient file storage is important in any hospital or research lab. Cloud storages can be a great way to store information and nurses can spend less time searching for patient files.
Online file storage can also automatically categorize files so that it is easier for doctors and nurses to search. Moreover, fewer errors can be made when it comes to tracking down patient files. This means that patient records can be more accurate than before and less prone to physical damages (i.e. getting smudged or burnt paper records).
Sensor-filled devices that track your health
Sensors provide real-time results of patients. Blood pressure and heart rate devices all help in tracking the health of a person especially when they are in a critical stage. Technology has constantly been developing machines that can track all the changes your body undergoes whenever you are in critical situation. This allows doctors to adjust the dosages of medicines and to give a more accurate diagnosis on their patients.
These six things are only a few of what technology has brought to the field of medicine. While all of them are good, there is no denying that abuse of technology can also become bad. Patients should be aware that there is still no substitute for a doctor and the Internet is not the most credible basis for all information. At the same time, doctors should also be wary of the information they share online because this affects how people view their health.