Medical technology is growing by leaps and bounds. Inspired by a mixture of science fiction and cutting edge technology, today’s technology is pushing the limits of what technology can do. “Any year now we should be pushing past what we’ve seen on Star Trek,” said http://www.webpronews.com/jason-hope-and-google-founders-seek-cures-for-heart-disease-cancer-2014-08. There are numerous technological advancements that simply would not be available even a few years ago, and some of these advancements come from some of the strangest places, especially as inventors look at combining different technologies that did not seem to belong together.
A number of advancements have come from exploring the limits of smart phone technology. Doctors in the field could already access the newest information thanks to their phones. The cameras on those phones have enabled doctors to share information, allowing a doctor facing a problem to ask advice from one that may have already faced tat same problem or something similar. As biometric technologies advance, it provides additional opportunities; a smart phone can be used to take the temperature of a patient with its security features and measure breathing and blood pressure with its microphone. A smart phone thus effectively gains a doctorate.
Networking technology is really coming into its own. A patient’s file created by one doctor can be shared with other doctors, allowing anyone working on the case to make notes on it and thus share information. That is obviously just the beginning, as any digital information can be appended to the file as it follows the patient through the system. This can include x-rays, MRI images, and even pictures of the injury itself. This is an advancement as doctors were only able to look at the paperwork through the network rather than all of the appropriate information. This makes it far easier to deal with a given disease or injury.
Imaging is another area that has seen a lot of advancement. It has hit the point that the last person trained is automatically the go-to guy when it comes to running the equipment. This is not due to incompetence or lack of adaptability, but because the equipment is just that new. It requires not just learning how the equipment works, but in some cases entirely new approaches to the situation. The staff does eventually learn how to use the equipment, but only after a certain honeymoon period. It is just an interesting development that the equipment itself does an improved job but requires an entirely new way of thinking about imaging.
Jason Hope points out that “new technology sometimes requires new ways of thinking”. New advances in technology are based on looking at the same problem form a different perspective and then basing the solution on that new perspective. Each new technology developed leads to a new perspective on how something is looked at, and that shifts things just enough to find a new solution. This means that we may be fast approaching the level of technology that we only see in movies, a testament to how they inspire us and we, in turn, inspire them.