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How Has Technology Changed The Medical Field? by Idowu Olabode : June 13, 2016, 03:23:02 PM
Today, few things remain unaffected by developments in Internet communication, enhanced mobile devices and other forms of technological growth. Healthcare is a service industry based on evolving science. It must remain open to the evolution of equipment and care standards that includes modern day improvements to even staple devices such as the catheter. The medical field is always looking towards the future, and technology is part of that expansion. This blog focuses on how technology has changed the medical field and helped it.
 

Enhanced Charting

The days of struggling to read a patient chart or waiting for a doctor or nurse to update the notes are over in most healthcare facilities. The use of portable devices for real time charting is becoming more commonplace. Now, nurses can enter the details of a patient’s status at the bedside using a PDA or tablet computer.
Some facilities are setting up bedside charting systems, as well. Instead of the old-fashioned clipboard or folder chart, each bed comes with a monitor accessible by nurses, physicians and other healthcare providers. The physical chart is now a seamless virtual one. To develop these systems, manufacturers turned to the end-users – nurses – for feedback.
 

Surgical Accuracy


Robotics and lasers have changed the surgical arena for the better. Surgeons use technology to improve accuracy while creating less invasive procedures. A laser scalpel reduces blood loss and scarring, but at the same time allows surgeons to target the incision down to minute increments. This change has led to groundbreaking techniques such as LASIK, a surgical procedure to improve vision through radial keratotomy.
 

Virtual Consultations

Virtual consultations are enhancing the medical landscape not only in developed countries, but in places were healthcare is a real luxury. Using VoIP technology, medical professionals can call for a specialist without waiting. Advanced systems allow physicians to view documentation, chat with patients and even do cursory focused exams all via the Internet. This reduces the overall cost of healthcare while improving access to medical experts from all over the world. The physician treating a child in Africa with a congenital heart defect can consult with a pediatric cardiologist in New York City through the magic of video conferencing.
 

Education


Technology is even improving educational opportunities in healthcare fields. Last year, Stanford School of Medicine gave iPads to their students to improve the study of anatomy and to enhance their research opportunities. During an internship, students were able to watch videos of procedures and refer to virtual cheat sheets while learning complex medical practices such as drug titration.

Technology is paving the way for growth in healthcare that goes beyond what Hippocrates could imagine. From an advanced catheter to online charting, medical practitioners are using technology to better patient care.


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