If it weren’t for the technology in healthcare, we wouldn’t have been able to combat the covid-19 pandemic. This one-year-old pandemic is already dying after the birth of the covid vaccine. It is technology that has enabled us to create the vaccine, treat the injected patients, test the suspected people and even track down the people at risk. The advanced technology in healthcare has helped us fight the pandemic on a macro and a micro-level. From artificial intelligence to track suspected patients, to the use of video games to keep you sane in lockdown, technology has been our best friend this year.
Technology has played an essential role in transforming healthcare in the following ways.
Tracking and Record Keeping
Tracking and record keeping are of utmost importance in healthcare systems. It is through efficient record keeping that an individual patient receives the treatment he requires. Record keeping and tracking help maintain the whole healthcare system.
With the advancement in technology, we now have more efficient ways of tracking and record keeping. With proper data saved on online systems, there is less chance of error. The data can be used to evaluate the prevalence of common health complications and devise ways to cater to them nationally or globally.
The record keeping and tracking system has now enabled the authorities to track each patient down. It is through this technology that China succeeded in controlling the spread of the coronavirus. Tools like migration maps that employ mobile phones, mobile payment apps, and social media to collect real-time data on people’s locations enabled Chinese authorities to monitor the movement of persons who had visited the Wuhan market, the epicenter of the epidemic. Machine learning models were created using this data to anticipate the regional transmission patterns of SARS-CoV-2.
The advanced testing technology in the healthcare systems has enabled a proper and more credible diagnosis. We no more use physical evaluation and assumptions to diagnose illnesses like cancer. All thanks to the improving technology that we can not only diagnose a specific disease but know the age, severity, and all the associated risk factors of it. The best part is that most of the advanced testing methods are noninvasive.
In the case of the coronavirus, it is the efficient testing that led the world to struggle for control and cure. The testing that started with cotton swabs being forced down your throat and waiting a week for the results has now been improved to simple antibody testing and diagnostic tests with immediate results. People can get X-rays and Ct scan to evaluate the damage the virus may have caused.
This is one of the most recent technological development related to the coronavirus. Contact tracing is an age-old tactic used to trace all the people the infected person has been in contact with. Living in a smart world, we no more need registers to keep a record of everything. Where memory fails, technology steps in. All that is needed is an efficient system that uses Global positioning systems, mobile phone applications, real-time monitoring of mobile devices, and wearable technology to track the whereabouts of a suspected patient. The record is then used to look for people in recent contact with the patient. All people in recent contact with the patients are then approached for follow-ups and treatment if needed.
This ensures the control of virus spread by reaching out to suspects in time and offering proper treatment.
Even third world countries like Pakistan are using contact tracing systems. It has borrowed the system from its premiere intelligence service, originally developed to track terrorists. The contact tracing system in Pakistan relies on telco data to track the movements of people at risk. The data is then shared with the provincial and district authorities to trace and quarantine the suspected people and offer treatment if required.
Technology has not only enabled a better diagnosis and disease control but also better ways for treatment. You no longer need to go through invasive surgery and weeks of rest to remove your kidney stones. This can be done by lithotripsy, a non-invasive treatment to break down kidney stones, which poses no harm or side effect.
3D reconstruction technology is being used to map out the patient’s insides to ensure the most precise, on-point, and minimum insertions. Similarly, specific machinery like cardiopulmonary bypass and ventilators can assist a successful surgery and actually save lives.
This is the simplest but the most used and accessible fruit of technological advancements in healthcare. Technology has enabled you to get all the diagnosis and treatment need, with just a click of a button. The importance of telemedicine has only increased in the Covid-19 pandemic. People being locked up had no other option but to seek help online. Telemedicine can answer at least all the simple problems that require simple solutions like weight loss. You can Nutritionist in Lahore from the comfort of your home. Realizing the importance of telemedicine, many platforms like Marham.pk offer their services online, promising the best quality healthcare.