4 Ways Technology Has Changed Healthcare

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Thanks to technology, healthcare is constantly improving to provide better treatments and care to patients. Medical experts have tried to fight and contain chronic illnesses like cancer and infections with little luck for years. However, due to advanced technology today, solutions like medicines and prevention treatments are now available to counteract these ailments. If anything, this goes to show that medicine is quickly transforming and will not remain constant in the future.

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Treatment and Medication

There are two significant ways the medical industry handles healthcare; by offering preventive treatments and curing illnesses. Treatments are best for patients who are already sick or showing signs and symptoms. For example, scoliosis patients exhibiting the condition’s symptoms can manage their health in specialized centers like Southwest Scoliosis Institute, which offers extensive treatments for complex spine conditions.

On the flip side, preventive measures aim to protect you against harmful diseases. Consider vaccines, one of the best preventative measures that give you immunity against contagious infections and diseases. It’s no wonder, as a child, you had to take multiple vaccinations for good health and wellbeing.

Here are examples of the technologies in various treatment cases;

Pregnancy 

When it comes to pregnancy, there are various new treatments that protect the unborn child and the mother. From prenatal treatments to postnatal treatments, women now have high chances of carrying healthy pregnancies.

Many pregnant women experience high blood pressure and, if left untreated, could be harmful to the fetus and the mother’s health. Fortunately, there are science-backed treatments that alleviate and cure such conditions for a healthy pregnancy. 

Even after birth, mothers may need to continue treatment to treat common pregnancy traumas like postnatal depression. In such cases, new mums may need to go for therapy.

Treatment comes in various forms ranging from medication, counseling, and therapy. All of which are viable for pregnant women depending on profile and the doctor’s discretion.

Addiction

Gone are the days when addiction was somewhat an untreatable condition. Today, there’s a high rise of successful treatment with even higher recovery rates. 

Technology-based behavioral therapy and medication are effective in suppressing drug and alcohol use to manage addiction. Many rehab centers you see around use a combination of treatments for successful transitions and high recovery rates.

As an addict, going cold turkey to cope with addiction may show short-term results but ultimately prove futile. However, improved treatments, specifically therapy, offer a holistic approach to help you detoxify and recover quickly.

Mental health

It’s pretty unfortunate that mental illnesses are becoming prevalent. On the bright side, this could be so because people are beginning to learn and understand different mental issues and seek treatments.  

Not long ago, you couldn’t differentiate one mental condition from another, let alone identify one. Luckily, advanced research has provided accessible information about mental health ranging from symptoms to treatments.

More importantly, you can find this information online on social media sites, websites, and other digital platforms. 

Depending on the mental condition, various treatments such as therapies, drugs, and counseling can help you manage your mental health.

Even with the current treatments, there’s hope that there’ll be more successful treatments and cure in the future thanks to the existing technologically advanced research. 

Surgeries

Surgeries, particularly intrusive ones, are becoming increasingly prosperous due to the improved techniques that are continuously breaking surgical boundaries. These techniques allow surgeons to perform complicated surgeries with minimal risks and high success rates.

On the other hand, recovery medication like antibiotics prevents infections, helping patients recover quickly with minimal complications.

 

Tools and Equipment

The current healthcare system wouldn’t be complete without the new equipment that doctors use to evaluate patients, administer treatments and boost recovery.

When you think about it, medical care wouldn’t be as streamlined as it is without potent equipment like CAT scans. More importantly, advanced equipment support and strength doctors’ capabilities to provide correct diagnoses and comprehensive treatment plans. 

Crucially, available equipment matches the current healthcare demands. For instance, when you go to the ER for a broken leg, doctors will take multiple scans to determine the extent of your injuries: the same case when cancer patients take scans and tests to assess their stages and treatment options.

Medical equipment is the driving force in the healthcare system. Without them, doctors wouldn’t be able to meet demand nor offer patients suitable treatments.

Aside from the mentioned equipment, there are those you might not be aware of owing to their complicated nature and somewhat covert use. Still, these technologies are a real eye-opener when it comes to designing future healthcare programs.

One of the revolutionary technologies in healthcare is artificial intelligence which is like a supercomputer with abilities to collect data, create medication, and design treatment plans according to patient classification. 

Interestingly, artificial intelligence can simultaneously do all the above functions in less time than it’d take researchers, proving it’s efficiency in healthcare.

Additionally, artificial intelligence has the power to innovate treatment. Often, this technology uses research data to come up with medications that improve patient outcomes greatly. However, when this data is inadequate, it can rely on patient data to create suitable medicines from scratch.

Another helpful tech is genome sequencing which essentially helps people to learn about their origin. You can use this technology to understand your genes, predict medical conditions and learn about your family’s history. 

A simpler version of genome sequencing is practical for home use and doesn’t require a doctor to administer it. Typically, all you have to do is to swab the inside of your mouth for DNA, then take your sample to a hospital for assessment and evaluation. 

In a couple of weeks, you’ll have all the information about your family medical history, nutrition, and fitness needs, among other life-changing information for healthier lifestyle choices.

Patient Care

 

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If you’ve been to the hospital, say in the last five years, you probably felt the pinch of the cost of medical care. From consultation to prescription drugs, healthcare is becoming expensive – not for no reason, though, because technology is making healthcare efficient and safer for patients.

Nowadays, when you go into a hospital, a nurse automatically inputs data such as your personal details, signs, and symptoms, among other information, into a centralized system. Then, they conveniently share this data with your doctor for a proper consultation and diagnosis. 

Real-time data recording and sharing increase productivity and efficiency, allowing patients to receive prompt care. Improved patient care instills confidence in the healthcare system, and when this happens, you’re able to trust your doctors to take care of you.

The most significant advantage of data collection is that it provides your doctor with your entire medical history so they can track past treatments for informed decisions.  Furthermore, no matter where you live, your doctors can access your medical history conveniently before applying treatment.

Another way patient care has improved is through recovery and rehabilitation. Recently, hospitals have adopted protocols to follow up with patients after discharge, particularly post-op patients. Rehabilitation such as physiotherapy allows you to relearn body functions like walking and feeding. 

Hospitals support patients to recovery positively by partnering them with physiotherapists who help them gain their mobility and quickly get back their lives. 

Other follow-ups that allow the body to heal fast without complications include post-surgery massage therapy, especially for plastic surgery patients.

 

Research and Development

Advanced research has been beneficial in promoting a healthier society in several ways. For one, it has made the classification of illnesses easy, allowing doctors to make a diagnosis and mete out effective treatments. 

As you might know, information is vital in the quality and efficiency of healthcare. In this case, research-backed information can help medical practitioners profile patients according to their symptoms and medical history and make informed diagnoses and treatments. 

Major shareholders like WHO are able to use information from multiple researchers to predict pandemics and infection mutations. This equips them to develop proactive countermeasures like vaccines to restore global health.

Essentially, researchers use patient samples like blood and cultures to cultivate essential data that helps to determine and classify illness. They then use these data to create preventive treatments and medicine that’d benefit future cases with similar signs and symptoms.

Moreover, research technology allows researchers to be transparent with their work, not just to their patients but to the organizations and hospitals funding them. This promotes proper resource management and accountability, allowing researchers to uphold their ethics.

New technology in research helps researchers document data and track their progress to make necessary adjustments and improvements for successful outcomes.

There is software that enables researchers to protect their data from cybercrimes and competition. Data like patient history, trials, statistics, and results are critical in research advancement and could pose a significant danger for patients if they ended up in the wrong hands.

Technology plays a significant role in advancing the global healthcare system. Today, many diseases have treatments and cures, and patients can adequately manage their health through helpful digital resources like e-health platforms. With the above medical advancements, you can be hopeful for an even better future.

 

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Jennifer Evans
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