I have to admit that I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with technology.
I love my cell phone.
It makes communication easier and I can surf the web when I’m waiting in a long line… like at the Florida DMV.
On the flip side, there are also some aspects of technology that I truly despise… like those apps that let you see exactly where your friends are on a map.
That’s just too creepy for me.
But, I admit some advances in medical technology have made a meaningful difference in the health of others.
For older folks especially, telemedicine has made it far easier to reach a doctor quickly, especially when mobility is limited.
It’s like someone’s making a “house call,” like they used to back in the day.
Having the ability to connect with your doctor online can sometimes help get a diagnosis quickly, when there isn’t enough time to make an appointment and get yourself over to a doctor’s office.
Of course, for more serious health issues, a screen is no substitute for a thorough exam from your physician.
But for more minor stuff, telemedicine is a more convenient and less costly way to interact with health experts.
Technology also allows health practitioners to monitor vital health information remotely, rather than having the patient come in frequently for check-ups.
In fact, one study found that diabetes patients better managed their condition when they were monitored remotely by their doctors.
That’s because the monitoring helped patients take their medication on time… and their doctors were more actively managing their patients’ cases.
Another big advancement in medical technology is electronic medical records.
I really like that when I have bloodwork drawn, I can see the results online pretty quickly.
No more waiting for a phone call from the doctor, or waiting for results to come in the mail.
The more information you have about your health, the better you can advocate for proper care and treatment.
Electronic medical records put that vital information right at your fingertips.
Albert Einstein once said, “The human spirit must prevail over technology.”
There are certainly times when I believe this to be true… especially when my computer won’t boot up.
But it’s hard to argue with the fact that some advances in medical technology have done a world of good for many folks.
Editor, Patriot Health Alliance