The world of medicine has seen many advancements due to technology. Although it is virtually impossible to touch on every breakthrough that has changed the medical field, here are some outstanding examples:
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Ultrasound can be used for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes and is one example of how a single technology can be integrated to perform several different tasks; and unlike drugs or surgery, ultrasound does not pose a variety of risks. Diagnostic ultrasound enables doctors to detect and assess problems before they become life threatening inside the body. Therapeutic ultrasound is a treatment option that uses high frequency sound waves to stimulate oxygenation, blood circulation and cell regeneration, which can significantly assist in promoting the body’s internal healing process.
Using Genetics to Prevent Diseases
Doctors are highly keen to the role of genetics as related to their patient’s risk of developing certain diseases. Now, doctors can find out if there are low iron levels in the patient’s blood. For example, a device known as a HemoGlobe consists of an inexpensive sensor that connects to a cell phone to detect anemia. In the world of oncology, technology has made the development of the newest vaccines possible to prevent certain types of cancers.
Blood testing technology has advanced the level of standardization and safety that was not possible before. For instance, Vacutainer (evacuated vial) combine blood collection, storage, and the transportation of small to moderate blood samples a much easier process using this single piece of inexpensive equipment. This increases the integrity of blood samples and reduces the incidence of infection issues occurring during blood collection.
More Accurate Surgery
There was a time when a surgeon had only scalpels and clamps to operate on patients. Nowadays, surgeons have access to equipment such as robotics and lasers, which are especially effective in opthomalogy surgery, that has greatly improved the accuracy and capabilities of surgery while being less invasive.
Neurosky has developed ECG & EEG solutions that accurately monitor heart function. One such biosensor solution hardware is the CardioChip. The Cardiochip can detect bio‐signals and convert them into digital words using a 16‐bit ADC. Doctors can then read these digital "words," or data, to review gene expression profiles for studying cardiac growth and development and researching the progression of cardiovascular diseases.
Accurate and Convenient Medical Record Access
Technology is being used to gradually integrate medical records and medical billing using software that can be shared among various health care providers. Electronic Health Records (EHR) systems will ideally create more rapid access and effective delivery of patient information access that should result in better patient care, better recovery and less medical error.
As the above examples show, technology used in the medical world is a way for doctors to practice medicine more accurately and more safely based on their patient’s medical history. From a financial standpoint, technology can help streamline access to a patient’s medical records and minimize errors related to their billing information. Ideally this can improve insurance compensation, resulting in more affordable health care and better cash flow in the medical industry as a whole.
By Anita Ginsburg