Technology is changing the way that doctors and other professionals in the field of medicine determine exactly what care is necessary and how best to deliver that care. Advances in technology outside the field of medicine, like smart phones and medical applications are helping to revolutionize the rundown on some of the technologies that medical professionals are embracing in their delivery of medical care.
Advances in Technology Used By Doctors and Nurses
- Smart phones and Applications. Smart phones are everywhere. These pocket-sized devices make it easier for doctors to access data no matter where they are. Medical applications that can be downloaded onto these phones help doctors to monitor a patient's condition. Doctors can have their patients download these applications to track their symptoms and general health.
- Electronic Health Records. Gone are the days of large stacks of files on countertops. Now, doctors' examination rooms are equipped with computer terminals, and in minutes, doctors can update your electronic record with issues and concerns you’ve discussed, as well as the basics of your visit.
- Three Dimensional Printing. Many medical devices are created using 3D printing technology. From hearing aids to InvisAlign teeth straightening devices, technology is making it possible for scientists to experiment with three dimensional technologies to print human organs. As many have noted, it will be some time before doctors are printing whole organs for implantation into humans.
- Telemedicine and Mobile Technology. Technological advances have made it possible for doctors to consult on and treat medical cases from a distance – patients in rural areas can now seek treatment that they might otherwise not have access to, thanks to video remote interpretation and telemedicine.
As technology continues to change and improve, medical professionals will likely continue to embrace these changes as they improve the quality of care that patients receive.