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4 Advancements in Health Technology

health monitorTechnology is a truly miraculous thing. Over just the past decade, more technological advancements have come forth than at any other point in the history of the health industry, and not all of these advancements have been front page news. True, we keep coming along in the fight against AIDS and cancer, and a guy named Dean Kaman made it cool to lose an arm with one of the most advanced bionic arms ever created; but, sometimes, it’s the little things that go on behind the scenes that have the most impact on the most people. Here are just a few of the great health advancements we have made that are a lot more important than you might think.

Alarm Systems to Prevent Smoking in Hospitals

This isn’t a ubiquitous health advancement, nor is it the most impressive on this list, but it is still incredibly interesting. At Forth Valley Royal Hospital, a new alarm system is being used to stop any smoker from lighting up on the premises, to help avoid any unwanted health issues that can arise from rogue smokers. It’s sensitive enough to go off even with one smoker, and is already being used—to great effect—to cease smoking in one of the most advanced hospitals in the world. In fact, according to that article, it’s already helped around 1,600 people stop smoking altogether. It seems that public shaming really is a good way to make people stop doing bad things…

An Online Resource for Therapists and Therapy Seekers

It may seem strange, but therapy was—at one point—a much undervalued part of the health industry. Many failed to see the value that therapists brought to the table, and even those that truly needed it would ignore that need for fear of being sent to “jail like” insane asylums that proliferated throughout the early years of the practice. But, in the 21st century, we have finally started to move past this stage, and are realizing that therapy is a very important part of the health community. Even better, with this realization has come tons of therapy software, such as Therafinder, which are giving easy access for patients to therapists and vice-versa. Thanks to these, it’s easier than ever before for prospective patients to find a therapist suited to their needs, giving Therapists the much needed business, and patient much needed help.

Phone Tools/Apps to keep you Healthy

In this age of Smart Phones, it was only a matter of time before people began looking at ways we could use them beyond just for Facebook and texting, and that time has come. Multiple tools—like the ThermoDock, OnTrack Diabetes, and SmartHeart—have hit the market that you can access directly from your Smart Phone. With these, you can track your Diabetes treatments, monitor your heart, and even check your temperature with thermal imaging software. Granted, you can’t use these for major health issues—not yet anyway—but they are true monuments to how far phone technology has come in such a short time.

Video Games to Help Cure Diseases

Now, I know a lot of you are of the opinion that video games are bad. But, you must understand that games can help a lot too, case in point, the recently released Foldit, a puzzle game that imitates protein folding in the body. With this game, players compete to get the highest scores using game provided tools, much like any other puzzle based games. However, what makes this game so special is the fact that scientists are using it to study (and cure) diseases. By studying the results of the highest scores in the game, scientists have been able to generate anti-HIV drugs and even a protein redesign. Obviously, we can’t expect this level of success every time someone plays the game, but it’s simply incredible that a simple game such as this has had such an impact on the health technology community.

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