It perhaps doesn’t take much thinking to link the advancements in healthcare and the advancements of technology in recent years. Technology has provided a helping hand to the word of medicine and healthcare in a magnitude of different ways, meaning that the health sector is blooming with new ways to help patients, and educate and assist the healthcare professionals of the present, and of the future.
- Improvement in medical equipment
The sudden and somewhat unprecedented increase in technology’s accessibility and sheer growth means that there are more ways to progress in healthcare research now more than ever. Penicillin, the drug that arguably changed the medicine world for treating infection, wasn’t invented until 1928, but since then medical advancements that benefit people the world over have taken place, all with links to technology in some way. The development of the contraceptive pill in the 1960s and 70s, x-rays, and organ transplantation have all become easier with the help of technology.
- The internet and health
It isn’t just the medical equipment itself that has technology to thank, however. The increasing advancement of computers and the accessibility to the internet has meant that members of the public are able to search symptoms and treatments at the click of a button. That isn’t to suggest that someone should ever trust the word of the internet exclusively over that of a qualified doctor, but it’s definitely helpful in determining whether you can try treating an ailment at home or whether you need proper medical attention.
The internet also means that doctors and other medical professionals are able to upload and download information, keeping up to date with the most current medical news. The World Health Organisation (WHO) documents diseases, causes, and symptoms online in a mammoth database, enabling professionals to keep up-to-date with the most recent medical news, and utilising it in a way that will help them provide better healthcare in turn.
- Improvements in patient care
Having up-to-date medical information quite obviously a crucial part of treating any patient. The increased amount of computers and tablets in doctors surgeries and hospitals means that doctors and nurses have immediate access to patient files with clear and valid data that won’t be lost or damaged easily. Having access to this information so readily means that healthcare professionals are able to carry out better assessments and diagnostics, providing the public with better healthcare.
- Wearable medical technology
Monitoring your own health has now become fashionable. The rise in popularity of products such as the Apple Watch, FitBit, and Moov Now means that people can track their healthcare data themselves in great detail. Devices like these allow you to monitor your heart rate, fitness progress, and helps set personal goals and targets so that getting fitter and healthier needn’t be a bore, and you can look good doing it!
Technology continues to play a big part in influencing health. Whether it’s down to the equipment that might one day save your life, or the little device on your wrist that helps you during workout sessions, health and medicine has a lot to thank technology for.