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Advances in Health Technology

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Technology is constantly changing and evolving in every field. This is especially true for health technologies. New health technologies are constantly being developed to not only improve health-care but also to help medical professionals better diagnose and treat their patients. In every medical field from cardiology to patient care support that technological advances have made health-care quality better and more efficient. With these new health technologies, has come a push of new career opportunities in this field. Now is the time to start investing in health technology and ensure a better future for medicine and the field of health-care.

Super Computer

Health TechnologyOne of the advances in medical technology is that of the super computer, also known as Dr. Watson. Dr. Watson recently beat two of the top winners on Jeopardy. It was created by IBM researchers and offers physicians better and more efficient ways to diagnose patients and offer treatments. Dr. Watson can be used to keep track of a patient’s medical history and will also stay current on all medical research, meaning it is better equipped to offer and analyze a variety of treatment options. Dr. Watson could soon be found at any hospital as testing begins soon.

Pain Free Needles

Another technology that is advancing is pain-free needles. This is a great medical technology that can change the way diabetes patients handle their care. The device is called TAP and it features needles as thin as eyelashes. The device TAP works by injecting solid needles into the skin at an extremely high speed and then under a vacuum. Blood will then come out of pores and is quickly extracted into the device giving the blood needed without the pain. It is truly changing health-care for those suffering from diabetes and can even change the way that doctors draw blood.

The same technologists working on pain free needles to draw blood are also looking into ways to deliver medicine without needles. This technology involves using an ultrasound patch to deliver all sorts of medication instead of needle. The scientists hope this can now change the delivery mechanism for all treatments from vaccines to cancer.

Nanoboxes

Another form of technology that is changing the way that medicine can be delivered is that of the nanobox. A nanobox is a tiny gold cube that was developed by researchers at Washington University. They can deliver drugs to areas of the body that are precisely targeted. Once they’ve reached their destination they will open up and spill the drug when the contents are exposed to light.

The nanoscale gold box is created and is then coated with a thin polymer. This polymer will cling to the outer wall of the cube and seals cube pores. This prevents leaking. Once it’s hit by light of a resonant frequency it will absorb it and then converts it to heat. Once the polymer is heated it then shrinks and collapses which leads to the medicine being released. Once the light is shut off the polymer then reacts and stands on end again re-sealing the gold box.

Mobile Apps

With the rise of mobile apps that help people manage their health-care and social networks for doctors, health-care can literally be at a fingertip with just a stroke of a smart phone key. In addition to making treatment more effective there are those technologies that make it painless which can help patents better handle their medical diagnoses and manage their health-care better. Technology provides a future for better health-care and ultimately healthier people.

Technology is constantly advancing from computer systems that will keep track of entire patient’s histories to nanoboxes releasing medications.  Each new advancement helps create more effective and efficient medical treatments. Technology allows doctors to diagnose their patients quickly and offer the best treatment possible.

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Author Bio:

Sarah Daren is a writer who creates informative articles in the field of health. In this article, she describes a few new health technologies and aims to encourage further study with a bachelor degree in sonography.

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