Technology is something, which has arguably taken over society. Different industry professionals have been able to use their smartphone devices to help them massively with their professional life. Journalists have the ability to have a digital camera, voice recorder, and editing software all in the palm of their hand, but I wanted to find out how technology and smartphones have helped medical professionals in their industry and whether it can be relied on.
It’s no doubt that technology has made a name for itself in medicine, especially within areas such as Oncology (cancer treatment), Neurology (brain), and Cardiology (heart). For example, Apps have been developed to help with treatment, information, and advice and just recently a new app has been developed to help spot cancer signs earlier. Pharmacist Rina Kundi insists “medical professionals should make the most of the technology available, but this needs to be balanced against the risks of such treatments as some are relatively new”. Although, medical technology has made a name for itself within particular areas, it’s interesting to see how technology is used in the everyday life of a medical professional, and this is something that Rina went on to explain. “As a pharmacist, we use technology in our day-to-day practice, from processing prescriptions, conducting diagnostic tests (e.g. for cholesterol, diabetes, smoking cessation) so it definitely is very valuable”.
However, the risk involved with technology in medicine is something that is hard to ignore for Rina. “It is important to note that technology can fail and that appropriate back up care is available for patients”. With technology becoming more and more popular within industries, manual jobs are now, being done by machines, and they have started to be the forefront in certain industries, but will the same happen to technology in medicine? Pharmacist Pradeep Singh says, “We rely on our experience and knowledge to provide clinical judgement for the decisions we make. Medical technology provides assistance (e.g. calculating doses for drugs, scheduling chemotherapy treatments and providing alerts for abnormal test results).”
Smartphone technology, and app development is something which is very common amongst a variety of industries and it’s no different in medicine. There are now apps for medical professionals to monitor their patient’s health, without even being in the same room, or the same building as them, and this done simply by Bluetooth. Pradeep says he uses mobile technology to “communicate with consultants and doctors or authorising chemotherapy through web based technology programs using tablet devices”.
Smartphone technology is increasingly being used, and it is clear to see medical professionals are embracing it and using it to serve their professional purposes. It also serves the needs of patients who are now able to keep track of their own health. Rina believes “this is an excellent way to help educate and reassure patients in today’s changing world.”