Significant progress of technology and various aspects of digitalization have inevitably influenced modern medicine and the whole field of health care service providing. Aside introduction of different high-tech devices and systems, technological evolution is transforming the infrastructure of health care system, as well as procedures used in traditional health care approach. Medical technologies are directing traditional system towards remote treatments, application of medical devices within patients’ houses and focusing its powers onto preventive health care, rather than healing.
High-tech technology and devices
There are two main directions that are applying, and the introduction of modern medical devices is playing its dominant role. One is within all the strategies focused on remote treating and monitoring patients while they are not in doctor’s office or hospitals. An excellent example of these technologies is wireless sensors scattered in the house to help senior citizens with dementia or walking difficulties to function better in their own homes. Another example is various portable devices designed to monitor glucose blood levels, enabling diabetes patients to control their disease without frequent visitations to hospitals. Many digital, high-tech devices are designed to improve medical adherence, monitor if patients are taking their medications regularly and if they are taking it properly.
Another field where modern medical technology is proving its powerful influence is right inside the hospitals. Many hospitals are now using electronic medical records and portable devices to monitor wide picture of patient’s condition, order diagnostic procedures and review charts. This creates more efficient interaction between doctors and patients, as well as between doctors in different branches, decreases the time required for overall diagnostic and treatment.
All of these changes should create more digital, flexible and efficient modern medicine, where chronic diseases are monitored and controlled remotely, and the hospitals are given a chance to focused onto complex acute cases. However, the availability of these high-tech technologies remains an issue. Currently, costs are huge, there’s a lack of skilled and educated medical stuff to use these technologies, and only large medical centers are providing these services. Fortunately, the predictions announce a significant decrease of costs within the next five to ten years and advanced medical technology more affordable and closer to smaller medical centers, as well as to the average patients out there.