Healthcare Has Changed over the Past 10 Years with the Help of Technology.

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Healthcare has changed over the past 10 years with the help of technology.

Healthcare has changed a lot in the past 20 years. People now live on average at least ten years longer than they did in 1989, and medical advances have brought many breakthroughs and improvements in patient care. One of the main and most significant changes to healthcare over the past years have been the expansion in technology.

Advancements in technology, especially in computers, have caused a major impact on today’s healthcare. “More specifically, profound effect on modern day medicine.” [instruct.lanagara.ba.ca 1.] [1] It has changed almost every aspect of the medical field, from the instruments used to the medicines prescribed to the operations preformed. “New technologies allow healthcare professionals to save people they never could have saved before.”[collegeview.com 1.] [2]

“The 20th-century has brought with it much advancement in medicine.” [utep.edu 1.] [3]Below is a list of the then most important advancements, none of which would have been possible without improvements in technology.

The Ten Most Important Discoveries of the Century

1 Antibiotics (Penicillin)
2 Anesthesia
3 Polio Vaccine
4 Birth Control Pill
5 Open Heart Surgery
6 Organ Transplant
7 Medical Imagery (x-rays, MRI, CAT scans)
8 Anti-inflammatory (Aspirin)
9 Ambulance Services
10 Genetic Based Research
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Almost every instrument in the medical field has become computerized. Everything from thermometers to CAT scans is either a type of computer itself or is monitored by a computer. They calculate and factor all the data leaving rarely any information to be determined. Thus, allowing for more efficient results because it reduces the risk of human error. Plus, since other healthcare professionals are busy caring for the patients new jobs are created to operate the computerized instruments. “Carefully designed instruments have given researchers the opportunity to better understand biological processes.”

[instruct.langara.ba.ca 1.] [5]Microscopes, for example, have allowed organism and cells to be studied at an extremely high level. Researchers are able to observe the impact different medicines have on the organisms and cells and therefore can discover new ways to treat or prevent them. X-rays also allow for a closer look at the human body. They let doctors check the density of bones and determine whether or not they are broken. Computer controlled machines, such as CAT scans and MRI’s provide images for doctors to analyze and as a result they furnish premium diagnoses and treatments. “New instruments allow researchers to perform experiments and study things that are otherwise inaccessible.” [instruct.langara.bc.ca 1.] [6]

Recent improvements in technology have helped develop medicines to treat and prevent illnesses. Antibiotics, for instance, were rating number one on the top ten advancements in medicine, which means they have made the largest strives in the 20th-century. Without antibiotics a simple common cold could eventually turn in to something more serious, even deadly. Therefore, antibiotics are a way to stop a sickness as well as a way of preventing a more serious illness. Vaccines have a similar function; they are a way of eliminating an illness before it starts. They make the body immune to the virus before it comes in contact with it. This can save many peoples lives because most of the viruses the vaccines prevent are deadly. Some of the most common vaccines used today are the polio and the smallpox vaccinations. Another form of medication that is made great improvements is birth control. Birth control unlike antibiotics and vaccines does not save lives it prevents lives. It reduces a women’s risk of getting pregnant by 99% if it used properly, thus giving women the power to decide whether or not she wants to reproduce. There are many forms of birth control but the two most common are the pill and the shot. The pill is taken at the...
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