Healthcare Technology: Because I Want the Option to Live Forever

Healthcare Technology is an expanding business that is truly changing lives.  New technology is truly awe-inspiring. On one level, companies are providing hospitals with data analysis that allow healthcare providers to work more efficiently. For instance, ARAMARK Health Care Technologies focuses on synthesizing technology to better manage work-flow and inventory. Other companies, sImageuch as GE Healthcare, are inventing the technologies that companies like ARMARK are integrating into healthcare providers tech system.

These new technologies however do not come with out their problems. Healthcare professionals have to adapt to the new technology. They often learned their practice without these new technologies, so it is difficult for them to understand how to integrate the new technology into their profession. This video discusses how medical professionals are adapting to new technology.

http://dsc.discovery.com/tv-shows/curiosity/topics/eric-dishman-medical-professionals-and-new-technology.htm

As Eric Dishman said, the healthcare industry is not nearly as efficient as it should be. Perhaps most shocking is that doctors often find themselves in front of a patient without the necessary information or chart. Dishman goes on to show how new technology can eliminate the slack in the healthcare industry. Conference calls and more powerful ways of gauging patient’s health allows doctors to quickly and effectively make proper recommendations. Furthermore, it is easier for doctors to keep tabs on the recovery or deterioration of their patients. 

It is obvious that their are inefficiencies in the healthcare industry, and technology is the solution. As Dishman said, it may be immoral for doctors to not integrate technology into their practice. Healthcare technology is rapidly improving, and the providers need to focus their efforts on effectively utilizing the power of this new technology. If the technology can be properly synthesized into a tech system, I may eventually have the option to live forever.

 

 

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11 thoughts on “Healthcare Technology: Because I Want the Option to Live Forever

  1. interesting video! To think we do not have the conceptualization into the possibilities with health care is surprising… especially with the comment about email. If we made that large of leaps in advancements then and we are doing the same now where is the limit? It sounds like health care, with the right investments, can eventually become much easier to make less expensive for the patients. The stuff about how the computer recognizing voice fluctuations and in turn recognizing a disease is crazy…nice post

  2. Your last sentence about having the option to live forever is a scary concept. Although it is becoming to seem that way with the advancement of medicine and new technology. My conscerns include the conrtoversies that arise with all the medical improvements and experimentation such as playing god. People die it is a fact of life. We spend so much money and invest so much into perserving life, and it is also at what quality? For example, keeping someone who is practically a vegetable alive through a feeding tube. They are alive but they aren’t and I think it’s cruel. Also there’s the issue of over population in the world as well. People need to die, it’s the circle of life. Again I find myself asking with regard to technology, when is enough enough?

  3. I really enjoyed reading this article because it is very relevant regarding my experience with healthcare technology. My father is a pediatrician, and has found himself struggling to adapt to this new technological age, due to, like you mentioned, his previous teachings that did not include this technology. I agree and am optimistic that technology will prove its worth by solving some of the inefficiencies in the healthcare field. I do not know if I think creating the option to live forever would have a positive effect on the world, but what I do know is that technology has the ability to improve lives in the future.

  4. I’m so happy that you chose to write an article on healthcare technology, which is a fascinating topic. I really enjoyed the video that you chose, particularly when Eric Dishman talked about a problem with conceptualization. It never occurred to me that this could be an issue when it comes to healthcare technology. The video focused on older physicians having a problem integrating newer technology into their workflow. While I think this is definitely an issue, I wish that the video (or your article) briefly mentioned the political, social, and moral issues behind healthcare technology.

  5. I agree with Erick Dishman’s comment that people need to become accustomed to the technology and understand its power before they can accept using it. I think that whenever something new is introduced, it can be hard to change old ways and adapt to new strategies and technologies. Even with the example of Facebook, every time it changes its appearance or adds something new, Facebook users usually don’t like it and want to keep the old look. I think it takes people awhile to let go of old ways, but it can be extremely powerful and important to adapt to new technologies. In regards to the comment about living forever and the implications of health care technology, the IMF has a video about global aging and how in a few years for the first time in human history there will be more people over the age of 60 than people under the age of 15. Technology and better health care is influencing the elderly population. Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ukNFMeZvcc

  6. I think this is true, healthcare underutilizes IT more than any other field. That is rapidly changing, and I think the result is that we’ll have better care for less money. I’m not sure you’ll live forever, though. :)

    We’ll actually discuss similar issues later in the semester.

  7. It was very surprising to me to learn that health care is inefficient in its use of technology. Of all the industries, I just figured that this industry would have mastered its use of technology out of pure necessity. I found the video really interesting, as it showed how the advancements we’ve made in technology can be applied to health care which could undoubtedly save lives and improve diagnosing and treatment.

  8. With the full realization of the Affordable Care Act, primary care and other fields of medicine will face a daunting challenge of managing a new flood of insured patients on top of existing operational difficulties. In that regard, I believe the healthcare IT industry is poised to deliver remarkable social benefits along with a sizable bottom-line.

    That being said, I feel somewhat concerned about the potential pitfalls in utilizing some of the features described in the video. For example, while video-conferencing offers a more flexible and accessible means to diagnose patients who experience difficulty seeing a physician in person, it prevents physicians from utilizing tactile forms of diagnosis. Physicians using this technology must understand the inherent limitations and risks.

  9. I agree that the addition of technology into the world of health care can be revolutionary. I do understand the fact that technology does always have it’s inefficiencies, but the thought of there being inefficiencies within the technology that helps facilitate health care is frightening. With that in mind, I think it is essential that hospitals educate their doctors and nurses on the new technologies that are installed throughout their institution to ensure that they are utilized to improve health care instead of hindering it. But like many introductions of technology in the past, society just needs to be able to adjust in order to allow advancements to be put into practice. With the essential training and preparation, I believe that advances in IT can truly streamline the health care process more than it already has so far.

  10. Dishman makes an obvious point that anybody that has stepped foot into a doctor’s office has felt, the incredible inefficiency of the health care system. Organizing the patients information digitally should be the number one priority of health care systems around the world.

  11. I have a few family friends who are physicians, and I thought I wanted to enter the medical field all throughout high school, so I am very immersed and did a lot of research on the sector. A surgical dermatologist I know says that while his clinic’s switch to electronic medical records will save hours and numerous trees, it has been a struggle to enter all the existing data, as well as record new information. Accuracy is also a huge issue if technology will be used to diagnose patients in the future. But like all technology that is just implemented, a learning curve is completely expected. He, and I as well, believe that it is better in the long run in regards to saving not only money in the field, but human lives as well.

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