Technology makes the world go round. The way in which we do pretty much everything in our lives has been touched by new, innovative technological developments in a rapidly changing world. You only need look at the amount of people who go through every day wedded to their smartphones to know what an integral role technology has in our lives.
That’s also true for the health industry. Here’s some ways in which our health is being boosted by the addition of new forms of technology…
Technology is great for processing data. It allows medical records to be stored and accessed at any location, whenever required. Data also allows people to analyse readings and determine even more accurate diagnoses of patients and their conditions – sharing information far and wide with the click of a button. Patients are even able to swallow a digestible sensor that sends the information it is able to find to an app.
Technology has been especially good in helping people stay connected with one another. Calls, texts, tweets and emails mean that we’re seemingly never out of contact with one another these days. That’s good news when it comes to health too. An increasing number of medical professionals are able to cut down the time taken to provide patients with a diagnosis by contacting them over the phone. Video calls such as Skype are increasingly popular ways of ‘seeing’ patients without having to arrange to see them in person while apps such as Sherpaa allow people to use an app to contact a medical professional for advice on their symptoms.
In other areas, translation software is helping to break down difficult communication barriers with those Americans for whom English isn’t their first language.
Swifter and simpler interaction with patients is vital for busy medical professionals – technology has delivered that.
Complex medical equipment has become smaller, more mobile and quicker to use thanks to technological progress. Developments such as gel documentation are also able to drive up performance standards. Having the best equipment possible to hand is key to helping doctors keep their patients healthy. Further developments in holographic technology – such as the Microsoft Hololens – could allow surgeons to receive instructional support on tricky procedures before their eyes as they operate.
3D printers could be a big help here too. They already allow people to download and ‘print’ items – this could be extremely useful for replacement medical items or specialist equipment as the technology develops further.
Fitness wearables and health trackers are an increasingly popular form of technology. These encourage people to watch what they eat and push hard to ensure they get the right amount of exercise every day. They help to monitor sleep and heart rate and ensure that people are more conscious than ever of their health and how to keep on top of it.
Here we can see the varied way in which technology has an impact on the health industry. It provides data and equipment for medical professionals as well as convenient access for patients while breaking down barriers between the parties through swift communication.