Digital Technology: The Face of Modern Medicine
1st Jan to 30th Dec
Healthcare is changing rapidly. Diseases like AIDS that were a death sentence only several years ago well on the way to being cured thanks to new treatment. This is of course due to the painstaking research and development performed by scientists. It is also due to the progress of medical technology.
1. Digital Medical Record Sharing
One of the biggest advances in healthcare is coming from improvements in information technology and the internet infrastructure. In particular, cloud computing is now making it viable for healthcare professionals to store large amounts of patient data in shared server space that does not require local storage on individual servers. This has many significant upsides. In the future, patient information will be able to be shared by all doctors, specialists, surgeons, nurses and even dentists a patient sees. This quick access to information will allow for more customised and informed care for individual patients.
2. Breakthroughs in Medicine
There has also been significant progress is the field of modern medicine thanks to the work of labs like Nelson Laboratories. This lab in particular has developed and refined over 400 different tests that can be used to discover the source of infection, poisoning or any other significant health event with pin point accuracy. This not only assists healthcare professionals in diagnosing illness. These tests can also help law enforcement professionals and crime scene investigators.
3. Wearable Medical Tech
Another very significant development in medical technology has been the introduction of wearable medical tech. This is in part thanks to the same technology that allows smart phones to connect to the internet from nearly anywhere. A patient can now wear a medical device that keeps track of a patient’s vital signs and sends that information back to his or her doctor via the internet.
This technology has many possible benefits for patients. For one, it allows a doctor to collect more information about a patient that can be used to determine the best course for treatment. It can also allow a patient more freedom since they can receive as much monitoring at home as they would while under direct medical supervision.
In the future, the tech may even evolve to the point that it can immediately alert EMTs after a catastrophic health event. 9-1-1 won’t even need to be called. The ambulance will already be on its way even if the patient isn’t able to reach the phone.