For many years, medical profession has attracted the best and brightest people into its ranks. It is a career that is so enticing because it involves scientific knowledge, rigid development of skills and good judgment to help people in need. The thought of helping a person who is suffering from asthma, delivering as many as five beautiful babies at a time, transplanting a heart, or comforting the dying patient is what draws prospective doctors to join the field of medicine. They do not mind the ongoing stories that the medical system is in crisis.
Why do society look at the medical system as broken? This perception is inconsistent when we see a doctor gently and lovingly touching his patient or see how medical technology has created healthier lives?
Impact of Medical Technology on the Medical Profession
- Modern medical technology has made healthcare more costly and has increased the economic burden of society. Thus the benefit of getting medical care is under scrutiny. But people are hopeful that one of these days the cost-effectiveness of healthcare will be reconciled with the innovations introduced by medical technology such as electronic medical records, clinical guidelines and large-scale population science.
- There has been an observation that the disconnection between public health and personal health can be changed as biostatistics and epidemiology can now offer a macroscope that complements the stethoscope and microscope in assessing biological and environmental factors that will causes individual diseases.
- Guidelines based on evidence will be an advantage to practising doctors and will promote a more uniform and high quality care. Doctors will now be careful and wise in using these guidelines in making diagnosis.
- The integrated electronic medical record is another innovation that benefits patients. Information will now be more available, accessible and accurate. Population research will also not have computerized information of every people can be stored, shared, analysed and searched. All physicians honor the privacy and confidentiality of information and data of their patients. It will be easier to requests reimbursements and physicians can weed out inappropriate costs.
Information technology users in dramatic and significant changes that will make medicine better and safer. The physician’s obligation will be to make sure that that it will stay high touch as well as high tech. That will definitely improve and boost the joy of being and wanting to be a doctor.