Technology has taken over the vast majority of our daily tasks. From ordering our coffee before we get to the counter to researching all of our major purchases from the comfort of our home, nearly everything we want or need to do is available through the swipe of a phone screen or the stroke of a few keys on a laptop. This is certainly the trend in healthcare professions, as well, with many tasks made faster and easier through the latest technological advances. Here are a few ways that you can embrace technology and create a more efficient environment for healthcare providers and their patients. [click to continue…]
For several years now, virtual medicine has been starting to meet the primary care needs of remote, rural, and underserved communities.
But now it may also be an efficient alternative to in person treatment of basic medical problems.
Several companies are hosting online doctor visits where physicians and patients interact by phone or the Web.
The appointment proceeds similarly to how a face-to-face visit works: the patient describes symptoms and the doctor creates a prescription.
The big difference is that there’s no wait time, no travel involved, and visits can be completed within 15 minutes.
But are such visits getting everything done that an in-person experience needs to? [click to continue…]
In November, we explored how and why health concerns have become one of the most popular Internet topics today in our “Beware of Dr. Web” post. We’re revisiting the dreaded “Google Self-Diagnosis” concept, this time focusing on one of the biggest health information hubs on the Web. [click to continue…]
Since we posted our first successful roundup of apps for nurses and other medical pros in 2009 (and 2011) there have been hundreds more of such utilities made available for portable devices.
To help wade through them all and hone in on the most useful ones, here’s our latest list of the handiest medical apps around for your Apple device: [click to continue…]
A few weeks before Star Trek: Into Darkness hit theatres, we looked at “23rd Century health technologies that already exist.”
At the time, it was amazing to see how many futuristic devices we see in the movies (and not just that saga, but in the Marvel universe, Star Wars, and others) that are quickly becoming reality.
For medical professionals and aspiring super-heroes, here’s a look at some more medical sci-fi that’s here today…
3D printing of prosthetics and bone/joint replacements (The Fifth Element)
Ever see that beautifully-crafted sci-fi action movie in which Bruce Willis has to find-and-assemble people/stuff from different planets to save the Earth?
…Let’s try this again: Ever see that pre-Resident-Evil movie where Milla Jovovich jumps off a futuristic 900-floor building wearing nothing but a bandage designed by Jean-Paul Gaultier? (OK, awesome.)
Before that scene in The Fifth Element, said actress’ character is “resurrected” from a tiny bit of ancient DNA that gets re-built in seconds in a robotic chamber that can build anything, including people. Sound far-fetched?
Not only can 3D printing technology already create objects that stand-in for missing body parts (like prosthetics) but it can even “print” objects that could be used inside humans, such as replacement bones, joints, and other pieces of us, and perhaps soon, even living replacements using human stem cells as the “ink.” [click to continue…]
Ever since America at large discovered the convenience of the Internet, people have been using it to research everything from recipes to real estate listings. Add to that, we’re a society that leans a bit paranoid when it comes to our aches and pains–and it certainly comes as no surprise that health concerns are one of the more popular search topics on the Web.
A 2013 survey from the Pew Internet and American Life Project revealed that “Dr. Google” seems to have a thriving practice indeed, with 59% of U.S. adults surveyed stating they’ve used the Internet to look for health information. Of that 59%, a full 35% admit they’ve gone online specifically to try and diagnose a condition they themselves or someone else has. [click to continue…]