Technological Breakthroughs Make Healthcare Better for Everyone

There are amazing technological developments that are making healthcare better for everyone. New advances are bringing coma patients back after long vegetative states, improving how we heal after physical trauma, and giving our doctors greater insight into our health.

Technology can have a huge impact on lowering the costs of healthcare over time and improving patient access as well. Here are some of the improvements already at work as our healthcare system transitions into the future.

Better Connection to Services

It’s easier than ever to connect with a doctor or search for a pharmacy near me. Services online even connect patients with a doctor for video conferencing and a spot diagnosis. Today, there are many ways for everyone to connect and get the care they need.

It’s important for elderly patients, and those lacking transportation, to connect quickly with services that are near them. Just like an ambulance needs every possible second to ensure survival, every potential mile or minute decreases the odds of someone getting preventative care.

Infrastructure is also improving, even though it can still be a challenge in rural areas, but patients are finding more ways to connect with someone who can provide some care.

New Physical Therapy Methods

Technology is improving our understanding of pain and therapy with real data we can use to better understand how people experience them. New investments also enable universities to create intricate simulations designed for physical therapy or immersive study.

Virtual reality has become an important tool in the recovery of athletes. Simulated games force the body to make certain motions, which can be adjusted over time, that would work out an arm or leg after an injury. The user often doesn’t realize how quickly he or she has improved.

Doctors can also look at data that shows how far someone extends their body during therapy, thus assessing recovery in near real-time with data to back up assessments. There are implications for mental health as well. VR and augmented reality (AR) can examine stress levels and look at what causes anxiety in a patient.

Better Access to Patient History

One of the major changes hospitals and doctor’s offices implemented during the Affordable Care Act was the usage of electronic health records. New systems needed to facilitate the delivery of health records across hospitals and offices, so everyone has access to the same records. The systems are not perfect yet, but we’re a lot closer to realizing that vision.

One obvious way patients may notice this is the lack of charts to fill out. Sometimes, at a new hospital or office, we may fill out a single chart to enter information but patient records are now stored digitally.

We also utilize wearables, which can generate a history of our heart rate or how many steps we take. Combined with more accurate record keeping, doctors have a clearer picture of our daily lives and can give us personalized recommendations to improve our health.

Better access to a patient’s history means that a doctor no longer needs to piece together a diagnosis based on incomplete information.

Final Thoughts

Technology offers a major leap forward for medical professionals who can harness it. There are also benefits for the children and the elderly, who are often most in need of additional care. Today, the technology is expensive and very limited, but soon these improvements will be the standard for patient care. You may have already experienced some of these revolutions in your own doctor’s office.

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