How Technology Continues to Change the Health SectorJanuary 2, 2017 No Comments
Featured article by Calvin Paige, Independent Technology Author
Thanks to the latest health care technologies, more people are living longer, healthier and happier lives. This is a trend that is continuing to affect more people’s lives around the world as the latest online, mobile and smart technologies continue to improve. Below are some of the ways technology continues to change the health sector.
Online Training is Replacing Classroom-based Training
The way health professionals learn new skills and obtain new medical knowledge has changed dramatically in recent years. All kinds of health-related courses are now available online. For example, you can easily enroll in a range of online family nurse practitioner degrees and complete these online FNP programs without ever leaving your home to attend classes or lectures.
This is a much more convenient way to learn and reduces the amount of time you waste each week. It’s also the perfect solution for students who need to balance their working lives and their family lives with their studies.
Patients Are Becoming More Independent
In many situations, a patient no longer depends on a doctor, nurse or care worker to help them. This is a huge change for people who may have felt powerless in the past. A wide range of mobile apps and wearable devices are able to monitor patients and detect any unusual occurrences. If a patient does need some assistance, those who can help them are instantly notified and can take appropriate action.
Other devices prevent serious accidents from occurring. For example, wearable fall protection clothing is now available and if the devices embedded in this type of clothing detect a patient falling or getting into some other dangerous situation, a safety device like an airbag is activated and prevents possible injuries from occurring.
Health Problems Are Detected Earlier
Over the years, millions of lives could have been saved if minor health problems were detected early and before they became more serious health conditions. The latest camera technologies, imaging technologies and other detection methods ensure that any health problems you have are now detected and treated before they become a threat to your well-being.
Fewer Mistakes Are Made by Patients and Medical Professionals
Medical professionals often work long hours, so there’s always a possibility that mistakes will be made. Patients make mistakes too, that could put their own lives at risks. However, a range of different monitors and smart devices are reducing the likelihood of this happening to future generations of patients and the people who look after them. A great example of this is the latest smart pill bottles. These bottles have a feature that notifies a patient or medical expert when a patient needs to take their next pill or medicine.
More Customized Solutions Are Available
A ‘one size fits all’ approach was often used to treat patients with similar conditions in the past. Thanks to the latest medical data systems and analytics tools, this approach is no longer adopted by most medical professionals. Instead, these medical experts base their medical decisions on real facts about a patient, such as their medical history and background.
Technology has changed the health sector in many ways. More advances are being made every day and this will continue to improve people’s lives long in the future.HEALTH IT, Inside the Briefcase