The Advancements of Medical Technology in Developing Countries
21 September, 2015
Through efforts to provide a more streamlined form of healthcare advancements and modern technology have improved medical facilities across the globe. Though evolved countries such as the US have reaped the benefits of improved healthcare services over the past several years, third world countries, now referred to as developing countries, are often unaware of the new enhancements and changes to improve healthcare for their citizens.
Improving Doctor & Patient Relationships
Technological developments are not only improving the means in which patients can care for their health or be taken care of by medical professionals. As improved doctor-patient relationships are ideal for optimal healthcare, companies such as Solutionreach have been developing technologies that help to close the gap between medical professionals and their patients. Evolving technologies do two things, make doctors better and thus, make people healthier. Doctor's are now seeing their performances measured more like a businessperson than a midwife. Tracking their efficiency through metrics like a HEDIS score is becoming something more doctor's need to be aware of and work to improve. Luckily programs are helping these doctors have effeicient offices, healthy patients and high scores to help them attain more patients.
Improvements in Developing Countries
While most of the world adapts to the use of technology in improving their health, developing countries are also seeing the significance in technology and how it can essentially improve the well-being of their citizens. Below, are a few advancements in developing countries that have improved the quality of care patients receive.
Modern technology has begun to evolve in developing countries such as India. For the underprivileged patients, the cost of visiting the doctor for a physical was through the roof and thus prevented many from finding out about their health. However, advancements in technology such as a doctor’s ability to consult with their patients via satellites have made improvements by leaps and bounds.
Telemedicine, the technology currently being used in India is a platform that is a lot more affordable. The technology allows doctors and patients to communicate with each other without having to be in the same room. Through this platform doctors can answer questions, monitor their patients, and even perform certain examinations. Though it is far from the prediction of Robo doctors in the future, it is certainly an improvement for developing countries such as India and Singapore.
Cheaper, Safer Treatment Options
Medical technologies have not only made seeing a patient a lot simpler and affordable, but have also improved a country’s ability to treat their patients as well. Common yet treatable ailments such as jaundice are common in newborns. In fact, every year about 13 million newborns are affected with jaundice 9 million of which are in developing countries. The treatment for this condition is blue light. However, the cost of the medical equipment could run a hospital about $3,000 or more. Due to advancements in technology today however, the equipment is now more energy efficient and costs around $350 per unit. This saves developing countries a significant amount of money, and helps to provide their patients with treatments that are safe and affordable.
Medical technology has made significant improvements to the healthcare industry in both Western and developing countries. As advancements continue to evolve, developing countries are able to utilize technologies to improve the lives of their citizens. Technologies have made treatments and routine doctor’s visits more affordable and safe for developing communities and continue to change the way that people everywhere can improve their health.