Three Ways Technology is Improving Healthcare
As technology continues to develop and improve every day, new developments are regularly permeating our personal lives. Whether it is the way you shop, how you communicate with family or friends, the way you do your job, how you travel, or even how you look after your health – technology is constantly changing the way we behave. For example, the healthcare industry has been and continues to be revolutionized thanks to developments in modern technology. Breakthroughs in science and technology have led to better information gathering more effective research, treatments and communication tools which have given those in the healthcare industry more to work with and new ways to treat patients.
According to recent surveys, more and more people are using the Internet to research their medical issues. This means not only looking up symptoms, but discovering different treatment and medicines on the web. Although it’s never a good idea to self-diagnose using the Internet and skip going to the doctors completely, there is no doubt that the Internet has given patients more knowledge and power when it comes to making decisions about what to do next. The Internet also provides patients with quick access to local doctors, hospitals and other healthcare amenities.
It’s impossible to forget the most obvious way in which technology has revolutionized healthcare: by providing new treatments and medicines which have not only improved the chance of recovery for billions of patients, but also saved lives. Sophisticated and modern medical practices do not only help patients recover, they have also helped to improve medical research so that experts can work to make healthcare even more effective. Adult daycare software such as that provided by Carecenta has made home healthcare easier and more practical for both healthcare providers and patients.
Better Communication for Doctors
Thanks to technology, it’s now easier than ever for doctors to access thousands of pages of resources and medical textbooks with the touch of a smartphone. Online medical databases also give doctors and other healthcare professionals the option to easily look up case studies and detailed patient history with the click of a mouse. Technology advancements have also allowed doctors to use e-mail, text messaging, videos and online conference calling facilities to contact medical colleagues from all over the world. Known as telemedicine, this practice is especially useful for both doctors and patients who are located in rural or underdeveloped areas, as it allows doctors to consult experts from all over the world in order to help diagnose, treat and research different conditions without the need to move the patient to a sophisticated hospital. An example of effective telemedicine communication is in the aftermath of the 2010 Haiti earthquake, where doctors were able to treat patients on site rather than wait to move them thanks to the help they could easily access online.
Has technology aided your own personal healthcare? Which area of medicine and healthcare do you think that technology has had the biggest impact on? We’d love to hear from you – drop us a line in the comments below!