How Technology Shapes Health Care

explanatory Essay
1114 words
1114 words

How Technology Shapes Health Care Most of us are aware of the inadequacies of health care in the past.It is difficult to think of the old west without being reminded of the danger that bearing children posed to the women who lived during that period of time.A serious lack of knowledge about things such as bacteria, viruses, and the benefits of proper nutrition were to blame for countless unnecessary deaths.During the Civil War many amputations were needlessly performed because the use of simple antibiotics had not yet been made available. Many advances in the medical field have been made due to technology. The amputation procedure is not at all a recent undertaking of medicine. A 3,000-year-old Egyptian mummy was recently found with a successful amputation of the big toe.In its place was the world’s oldest known prosthesis, a wooden toe (Svitil, 2001).The progression from wooden toes and peg legs made way to plaster molds and metal supports, but in the age of technology even these remedies seem ancient. Today’s prosthetics are becoming more highly advanced every day with the help of computers.The company, Otto Bock Orthopedics Industry of Duderstadt, Germany, is using computer chips to help prosthetic knees become more realistic. The company recently came out with a C-leg, which contains a lithium-ion battery and a microprocessor that measures the angle of the knee and the rate at which it’s bending 50 times per second.The computer then analyzes the input to anticipate the needs of the amputee and adjusts the resistance accordingly, providing him with a more stable footing (Savage, 2001).Just as a child learns about walking through experimentation, so are researchers.By studying test subjects walking on sensor pads the... ... middle of paper ... life.Without computers it would have been almost impossible for Kevin to find the information he needed to locate Mr. Barron. Computers allow us to move out of the dark ages of medicine by making it possible for physicians and surgeons to push the limits of technology.They allow people with disabilities to continue living a semi-normal life and be integrated with society.Most importantly, computers allow us to participate in our own health care choices because the information in now available to us, enabling us to educate ourselves and no longer forcing us to rely on the decisions of others.This is truly freedom of choice! Works Cited: Andrews, R. (2001, March). The man who makes faces. Reader’s Digest, 128-133. Savage, N. (2001, April). A leg to stand on. Discover, 24-25. Svitil, K. A. (2001, April). Walk like an amputated Egyptian. Discover, 12.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains how technology has shaped health care in the past. lack of knowledge about things such as bacteria, viruses, and the benefits of proper nutrition were to blame for countless unnecessary deaths.
  • Explains that a 3,000-year-old egyptian mummy was recently found with the world's oldest known prosthesis, the wooden toe.
  • Explains how otto bock orthopedics industry is using computer chips to help prosthetic knees become more realistic.
  • Opines that computers allow us to experiment with bionics. researchers have been able to create a bio-engineered muscle fiber and hope to some day be unable to recreate an artificial skeleton powered by lab-grown muscles and controlled by the nervous system.
  • Explains how computers have improved the medical field. ct-scans and x-rays allow doctors to see inside the human body in ways that would have been unimaginable fifty years ago.
  • Explains that ultra-sound can detect fetal abnormalities and perform microscopic surgery on an infant before its birth allowing it a much higher chance of survival.
  • Explains that blood clots can be cleared using a tiny tube monitored by an even smaller digital camera attached to the end of it, and some heart surgeries can now be performed with
  • Explains how computers save lives, but there are other less obvious ways that many of us take for granted. the emergency room can have a patient’s medical file faxed even if they are out of town.
  • Explains that computers and the internet allow people to become more responsible and involved in their own health care.

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