With the rapid progress of technology in recent times, we are seeing a constant infiltration of technology in our daily life. Similarly, healthcare facilities have gone through a complete change from the head to the toe.
In here, I have highlighted a few definite ways through which technology is altering the face of healthcare facilities.
1. The internet is a gigantic encyclopaedia
The internet has become a humongous source of information. If you want to know about anything sitting anywhere in this world, you will be able to do that easily by simply getting onto the World Wide Web.
It almost goes without saying that more and more people that include the likes of doctors, the nurses, the paramedics and even the general public are using the net to research various medical issues.
From information on drugs to information on various diseases to information on mortuary equipments, you can get virtually anything off the internet.
A strong word of caution: Do not use the internet to treat any disease (that includes self-treatment) if you aren’t a medical professional. Always go to a certified medical professional for proper treatments.
2. Increased reach on social media
Health care facilities are using social media to great effect.
They are using major social networking platforms such as the Facebook and Twitter to connect with their patients online either on the openly-visible public platform directly or through their respective private channels ( Facebook Messengers and Twitter Direct Messages).
By spreading their wings on social media, healthcare facilities are able to increase their reach, get closer to their patients and are also able to answer most common questions directly on the social networking platforms for the convenience of their patients.
Many healthcare facilities have actually set up special online platforms of their very own for the benefit of the community. Their sophisticated sites sometimes do offer a few extraordinary features such as instant chats with nurses or doctors about medical issues and other related consultations.
You can’t get cooler than that; can you? A part of the hospital right under your fingertips.
3. Low pain and more gain
In simpler words, I am talking about better treatments here.
This is more obvious; isn’t it? Technology has given us new machines, advanced medicines capable of curing a host of diseases that were deemed incurable even a few decades back and advanced painless treatments at the same time.
All of them have played a big role in improving our lives, saving many lives and saving a bulk amount of our medical bills at the same time.
Painless treatments aren’t a thing of the future anymore. Many treatments that were done specifically through operations in the past are done without spilling a single drop of blood these days. Treatments have become safer and faster, all thanks to technology and innovations.
4. Improved worker efficiency and patient care
IT has definitely made patient care reliable and safer than the way it used to be in the past.
Nurses, paramedics and doctors use hand-held gadgets (like tabs or smartphones) to record a patient’s medical history. This helps to keep everything within reach. Disorganization due to paper documents ceases to be a problem anymore.
All records of the patient’s lab reports, vital signs and prescription reports are nowadays put into a database that can be referred to when required whenever you want, wherever you are.
Even patients will have the option to access such information from the very comfort of their own drawing rooms. That can make the entire process smoother and more effective.
5. The internet can accurately predict the different medical trends based on location
By analyzing data from various medical searches that users do online based on various geographical locations, major search engines such as Google can accurately predict specific medical trends happening in specific locations and provide necessary advice to the users based on their individual geographical locations.
So if there’s a flu outbreak nearby, Google might be able to inform you of that in a jiffy and might also be able to suggest you the necessary measures that you should use to keep the disease at bay.
Technology has definitely given us a safer and more convenient life. And we can definitely hope to see more improvements in the near future from increased research and development. With that, I’ll bring this article to an end. Ciao!