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ADVANCE Perspectives: Healthcare Information Professionals

Highly Evolved

Published April 14, 2016 1:38 PM by ADVANCE Perspectives

By Marie Miguel


Healthcare has truly evolved and the medications and sophisticated machines currently present in hospitals are clear indications of this. Thanks in large part to new inventions that have made a huge impact to how medicine is practiced, patient care has improved dramatically in recent years. High-tech machines and gadgets for healthcare are no longer figments of the imagination, but are regularly finding new treatments for diseases, as well as diagnosing and recording patient information with ease.


New technology is now being used to create a standard health record for patients in the form of electronic health records (EHRs). EHRs enhance communication and collaboration between health practitioners, thereby promoting patient care. All information including previous medications, test and examinations, family health history and current health of the patients are stored in EHRs, serving as a point of reference to avoid repeated exams, missed information or misinformation.

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One of the biggest of innovations of the last year have been new types of EHR devices, such as wearables and biosensors, which allow for more control of your own health. Jawbone, for example, is a type of fitness wearable that has features for sleep monitoring, step tracking and a heart rate checker. Wearables are very useful in helping people become aware of their activities.


Biosensors, on the other hand, have the potential to become more advanced in the years to come. There is a possibility that they will not only be attached to clothing but within the body itself. When they occur, changes inside the body will likely be easily detected and early diagnosis and immediate treatment can be administered.


There seems to be no halting the progress of inventing machines and tools that can help raise our collective quality of life. As for the future of healthcare, there are more inventions to look forward to. You may be using nanotechnology, robotics and devices that offer needleless blood extraction and more just a few short years from now.

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I had never thought of biosensors being able to transmit information from within the body to a doctor.  This has the potential to help many patients- for example, someone with type 1 diabetes with an insulin pump.  Information from the pump could be transmitted to the doctor to relay important information.  I wouldn't want my information sent if I say, ate a cheeseburger and a milkshake.  I think going forward with this, there would have to be a way to distinguish where the information was received from.  

Shawn, HIT - student May 17, 2016 1:29 PM

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