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A lot of noise has been made on how the medical sector in Nigeria has been losing its ability to cope with the need of the country’s citizens. We hear cases on how Nigerians, in the bid to get better health treatment, travel abroad for better health care services. What could be the reason for this you ask? Could it be that we do not have the skilled medical practitioners? Or could it be that these medical Practitioners lack the equipment to put into use their skill? If you ask me, I would go for the second.
In our Wednesday Technology Series post for today, we will be considering what medical technology is, and also the sharp contrast between what the medical sector would be with and without technology.
If you have seen the Indian movie titled “Three Idiots”, where the amazing main character Rancho and his friends with the application of science (which portrays technology) successfully helped out in the delivery process of a baby (whose mother was just laying on a table tennis board), by just communicating with the nurse from a computer. Just by the side, that was one of my best parts of that movie.If you have not seen it, please do Lol.
The question then is what is Medical Technology?
The European Commission in their EU Medical Devices Directive defines it as “‘any instrument, apparatus,appliance,software, material, whether used alone or in combination, including the software intended by the manufacturer to be used specifically for diagnostic and /or therapeutic purposes and necessary for its proper application, intended by the manufacturer to be used for human being”.
Study.com defines Medical technology as simply “the use of our knowledge to build objects to protect living organisms from disease or death.” The two main areas where medical technology can be most useful purpose is in the areas of diagnosis and treatment.
On the area of diagnosis, before the advent of stethoscope (which was invented by the French physician Rene Laennec), the evidence that physicians acquired about illness came mostly from two sources, the visual inspection of the motions and surface of the body and the story told by the patient of the events, sensations and feelings that accompanied the illness. However these days thanks to technology, sick patients, can be aided in understanding the illness they have as opposed to just being given narratives.
For treatment, there is a radical change in the ability of surgeons to perform the dangerous and delicate work of cutting into the body as techniques of rapid surgery continue to develop day after day. surgical operations which usually take days can now be done in just a few minutes or hours as the case may be.
Also, instead of having patients data hand written on papers as was displayed several years ago, some hospitals now go the technological way by just imputing these data on computers.This has made it easy to locate specific information pertaining to patients.
Examples of how technology has been displayed in the medical world include, the advent of X-ray machines in the 20th century, artificial kidneys, and respirators, the ingestible chip just to mention a few. I would like to talk about just one of these examples, the ingestible chip.
The Ingestible chip is a computer chip that can be embedded into pills to determine how well a medication is working. Using gastric fluids as the power source, the information can also be tracked on mobile devices to allow even greater versatility throughout hospitals. This technology has already proven helpful in many cases and has even saved lives.Here is an example of where the technology was deployed successfully
Technology has also helped through the advents of mobile applications where sick patients who cannot go to the hospitals can connect with medical practitioners deferring the limitation of space. This has greatly helped the medical sector. However, medical practitioners and individuals must look out for these apps and subscribe to them so as to ensure their smooth productivity. Who says that Technology is not taking over, what else can make you save time, energy and money if not technology?
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