With technology surrounding us, it’s easy to forget the thought and effort that has gone into each of these creations. Have you ever wondered about the programming that’s gone into your laptop or your mobile phone? The thoughts themselves are positively overwhelming, but it’s still worth giving it some consideration. That being said, we live in a prosperous time where technological advances in our health care have aided us beyond comprehension. These advances and tools have saved millions of lives and will continue to do so. It’s hard to know what the future of technology in health care will bring, but here’s a list of the top five technological advancements in health care.
- An electronic health record
This is a great compilation of health practices utilized. Hospitals use them for the sake of keeping records of procedures done and sicknesses; in particular, the records keep track of what doctors have done in order to help patients overcome those sicknesses. The electronic health record, or the EHR for short, is a great way for hospitals to compare methods and take notes on what works and what doesn’t. It also keeps both doctors and hospitals accountable for whatever happens, which can help them when they need to retrieve records on a previous case.
- Doctor-to-patient communication apps
Have you ever been in another country and gotten sick or injured? Were you apprehensive about going to the hospital in case the doctor couldn’t understand you? With these communication apps, doctors and patients with language barriers can overcome some vital problems. If a patient has certain allergies, they can speak into the app and it’ll translate it for the doctor and vice versa. It’s especially useful when the situation is an emergency and there isn’t time for a middle man to translate everything between people.
- The portal technology helps patients stay in the know
Some people like to know less about their health problems. However, some people believe that the more they know, the better. Patient portal technology is simply an online system that makes doctors and nurses available for questions at all hours of the day during the week. The patients can often find the portal on the website of the hospital, and they can also access their own electronic health record. They can communicate with their doctors and they can identify errors, which empowers the patient, especially since being sick can make anybody feel helpless.
- Wearable technology and sensors
This is especially useful for patients who need to have constant monitoring but have to move on with their lives. The wearable technology and sensors are able to collect data on the patient. They also can notify the doctor or nurse if a bandage has slipped off, or if the patient has fallen or is experiencing other issues. The data they collect allows them to identify any abnormalities in the patient’s health issues, and as such, it helps doctors know how to help that patient as well as future patients. Plus, the wearable technology is able to keep patients healthy, like with the FitBit.
- Genome sequencing will improve the pharmacy industry
Thanks to genome sequencing, patients are able to get medication that is suited just for them. Diagnostic work can be more accurate, which means fewer misdiagnoses. The technology is not quite to a stage of perfection, but like with other technologies, it is steadily moving forward. Data analysis for this technology is still being developed. However, it will help in drug tests and overall development of better medication designed to aid struggling patients.
Overall, there are many advancements being made in the health world. It can help transcend language barriers, soothe patients and their troubled spirits, educate both doctors and the patients, and create a sustainable medical environment that will save lives. There are many unsung advancements being made, but that does not make them any less significant.