Of the People
Jairus Noah L. Polintan
Table of Contents
Review of Literature
Technology and Medicine
Technology has had a great impact on society when it comes to medicine. Medical technology has been around since the cave man began using rocks as tools to perform trephining. Since then there has been many new advancements in medicine due to technology. From painless needles to robots used for surgeries technology is around to stay. Painless needles are one way technology is improving society. Needles are always scaring young children and even adults. Now with the new painless needle pediatricians can give vaccinations pain free. Researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology call these new needles micro needles.  They are made from silicon, metal, glass or biodegradable polymer. Theses needles are 500 times smaller than ordinary hypodermic needles, which are too small to irritate nerve endings. These new needles will consist of 400 embedded micro needles will be glued to a patch that will gently puncture the skin. Now with this new technology society can have pain free shots.
Technology in terms of medicine has also increased the life expectancy of the average person. With new technological advancements in surgeries, medicines and treatments the average life expectancy is still on the increase. A recent study shows that the average life span for 2004 of a United States Citizen is 77.4 years old. This has increased significantly from 1900 where the average lifespan for a male was 48.2 and for the female 51.5. Thanks to technology we can now live longer.
Technology has also helped medicine with the use of robots. At the Bay front Medical Center in St. Petersburg, Florida, Jeff Flannigan oversees 1,300 prescriptions a day. That is a huge amount of prescriptions. Now he has a new kind of help. Spencer is a one million dollar robot that dispenses prescriptions at speedy rates. It takes Spencer three and a half hours to do what it took pharmacists 24 hours to do. This new technology also eliminates the room for human error. This means that people will have the right medication every time. If you are a customer waiting for a prescription than this technology will defiantly better society. Some people say that this new technology will hurt society because it will eliminate jobs for pharmacists. This is not true. The article says, “Instead of spending the whole day dispensing medicines, pharmacists have time to do what they’re trained to do—take care of patients.” “You are able to look at patients’ medication and make decisions on how to change things,” says Dilkhush. This is another example of how technology has helped medicine have a positive impact on society.
Another hot topic in medicine is cloning. It seems that everyone is talking about the moral and legal aspects to cloning. The U.S. House of Representatives has twice passed a bill banning Therapeutic cloning, which aims to create embryonic stem cells that could be used to cure diseases or grow replacement organs. This is one spot where the government is trying to shun the use of technology in the medical field. This new technology could be used in many areas. It could be used with burn victims, cancer patients, the loss of a limb and even brain damage. This technology would help society in many ways if the government would permit it. People who could never see in their life would now be able to grow a new eye. This is just one example of what could be done with this new medical technology.
Technology in the medical field has had many positive impacts on society today. People are living longer, developing new ways of doing things, curing diseases that were once thought to be impossible to cure and improving daily life. All of these improvements in medicine owe the credit to technology in some way. Technology is an important part to medicine today...