The Purpose Of Healthcare In A Digital World

Posted on Feb 9 2017 - 9:05pm by Editorial Staff

There’s no denying that the current landscape of healthcare and medicine is foreign when contrasted with the medical world which existed a mere century or even fifty years before it. There’s also no denying that the rapid, exponential expansion of technology and digital advancements have made this progression in the medical and health industry possible. Technology affects every aspect of our lives in ways that are hard to fully comprehend, and it’s especially hard to note the impact it’s had on our very ability to enjoy healthy, fulfilling lives.

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Will things continue to improve endlessly until we’ve eradicated all diseases and perhaps even attained immortality? Well, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Though, I do think it’s safe to say that, given our ancestors would see our current medical methods are magic or the work of science fiction, it’s not too far-fetched to believe that we’ll see some outstanding and unbelievable advancements within medicine perhaps within our own lifetime. If you’re unsure as to what technology has already done for healthcare, I’ll scratch the surface and talk about just a few incredible ways the digital era has changed our lives for the better.

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New treatments.

Pills and bandages have their uses in the modern age, and they always will, but the definition of healthcare now extends far beyond these things. Patients of horrendous fires can receive skin grafts to reverse the burning process, and people with deafness or minor hearing audio can now hear the world again through the beauty of technology. People who lose limbs in accidents can receive robotic replacements.

Again, this is barely scratching the surface. There are also remarkable advancements in the world of stem cell research. Within our lifetime, we might see the eradication of paralysis as a permanent disability, and we might also see the eradication of HIV.

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We’re more connected than ever.

Technology connects us, and that’s not news to you. The internet and mobile phones have opened up new worlds of possibility in terms of educational health websites and communicative capabilities. Communication, of course, is the hallmark of a successfully connected world. In terms of medicine, this means ideas and technology and shared more easily than ever. Scientists and doctors of the world work together on new medical procedures and advancements.

Of course, communication can have more immediate medical benefits. People no longer have to fear being stranded if they’re injured whilst hiking or in a remote location, because companies such as can fly out to rescue them. Fewer and fewer people are outside the radius of available healthcare by the day, because that radius is spreading to them.

We’re aiming for a world in which everybody has access to the appropriate medical facilities and attention that they deserve, and, for the first time in human history, it seems that we’re closing in on that reality. It may be achieved in our lifetime, but the important thing is that we’re making steps towards it; steps which wouldn’t be possible without technology.

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The machines are stricter than us.

It’s also not news to you that we, as humans, can be very lazy. Technology and software out there can help us combat that, however, by forcing us to get up and get moving. Apps which include pacers and count calories burnt in a day help to give us an idea of how healthy we actually are, and, for the majority of people, giving them this physical, visible image of how healthy or unhealthy they may be is the boost they need to stay physically active and healthier.

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