The role that technology plays in society is greater than ever. When most people think about technology and advancement, they think about the impact that the computer has had on mankind’s daily lives. With just a click of a mouse, a person can listen to music, watch movies, speak with people from around the world, and learn anything that they want to.
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However, these common uses of technology just scratch the surface when one examines the effect that technology has on society. Probably the biggest industry that has benefited from technology is medicine. Medicine and technology are so important because they literally saves the lives of millions of people around the planet.
Medical technology is essential if people are going to continue to be healthy and if mankind is going to continue to combat new diseases. A couple areas of medicine that are benefiting from technology include pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, as well as the storage and retrieval of medical information.
The ability for multiple doctors in different parts of the world to access the same information about a patient makes the likelihood of a patient being treated in an efficient way a lot greater. It’s awesome that a person could be in the middle of China, find themselves stricken with a disease, and have the ability to have their medical records from Paris sent to the doctor in China. In many cases the documents can be translated into the Chinese language.
Medical technology goes beyond the use of electronics. Medical technology also includes the creation of devices like improved ankle bracelets, improved bandages, precise syringes, as well as things like artificial organs or prosthetics.
Really, it is difficult to overstate the effect that technology has had on medicine. The brilliant ideas of both doctors and scientists have improved the lives of millions of people around the world. There are people who are on this planet today who are alive because of advances in technology that saved them from a disease that would have been fatal just 10 years ago.
There are a lot of advancements in medicine that came about not because people were necessarily looking to improve something in the medical field, but they were curious about something they saw in the world and wanted to understand it better. That curiosity led to a discovery, which led to another discovery, which made a medical breakthrough possible.