To say that technology has affected the way humans live and interact with each other would be a gross understatement. Indeed, it’s done more than just change up a few things in the way we live. From time immemorial and until these recent times, it’s transformed many aspects of our lives and the world in general.
Out of all these technological improvements, none are probably as valuable as the advancements made in health care. As we move further along into the 21st century, we continue to invent and develop technologies that help to improve our way of life and cure illnesses.
Here are the five major technological advancements that have helped to push the boundaries of health care, especially in these trying times.
Electronic Health Records
In the field of health informatics, the invention and usage of electronic health records (EHRs) is a huge leap in terms of facilitating medical diagnostics and treatment. In previous decades, hospitals and clinics had unreliable and inflexible information systems that made it difficult to share and transfer patient records. With the invention of EHRs, hospitals have had an easier time making fast patient information transfers and facilitating more efficient and integrated care.
The term itself refers to telecommunications technologies that are prevalent in advanced health care systems. With the help of telemedicine or telehealth, better access to medical services, especially in rural areas, is assured. In remote areas, for instance, where patients do not have ready access to medical care, they can meet virtually with a doctor in any are and get timely medical advice.
On the part of the doctors and medical practitioners, SAAS practice management software can help them manage patient interactions, no matter when and where and from whichever gadget, whether through a desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone.
Remote Monitoring Tools
With the help of such tools, patients now have the capability of monitoring their own health at home without having to go to a doctor’s office.
For instance, patients with pacemakers can now automatically send data to remote health centres for easy and efficient monitoring of their medical condition. They are great for patients with chronic illnesses as it allows for remote monitoring of a patient’s heath. Also, it helps them save money and limit unnecessary expenses that normally entail visits to a doctor.
Another field that is seeing fast progress is the wearable medical device market. Wearable technology helps both doctors and patients to access the patients’ health stats at any given moment so as to better monitor and assess their condition.
For instance, there are GPS trackers that are capable not only of tracking a wearer’s location but also monitoring his health stats such as his heart rate, stress rate, and the like. Some really advanced devices are even capable of sending out alerts if the wearer has suffered a bad fall, which can be useful if one is taking care of an elderly patient.
Genomics is the science of figuring out a person’s specific genome sequence and then analysing that information. This innovation is important and life-saving in that it gives medical practitioners the ability to make more accurate diagnoses and come up with more effective treatments based on a person’s particular genomic information.
For far too long, we’ve had to try and understand the complex workings of the human body, and with genome sequencing, it’s like now we finally have the manual.