6 Ways Technology is Changing Healthcare

6 ways technology is changing healthcare
6 Ways Technology is Changing Healthcare

Technology is a well-accepted facet in healthcare that’s changing the lives of both doctors and patients. Although it has gotten a bad rap from a small percentage of tech users in society, it’s still safe to say that – the pros outweigh the cons in this department.

There are numerous benefits technology has laid for us in recent years and we can’t even begin to enumerate them one by one (we’d need pages for that!). And speaking of healthcare, this significant sector in society also has the technology to thank for its successful agenda.

If you are a digital-illiterate who’s at loggerheads with this highly-esteemed advancement, here are six ways to convince you how technology is changing healthcare.

1.  Efficient Diagnostic Reports

Can you imagine hospitals without X-ray devices, CAT scanners or MRI machines? People should thank their lucky stars these were invented, otherwise, a lot of diseases and conditions will be misdiagnosed without the help of these pieces of equipment. Diagnostic reports are vital in the healthcare industry. Technology aids in physical exams, testing results, garnering patient health status, and the list goes on. Due to more efficient diagnostic reports, a lot of medical institutions have shied away from inaccurate diagnostic procedures that lead to errors. Some advantages of digital diagnostic methods are:

•    Fast and quick navigation

•    Easy and visceral data displays

•    Convenient data retrieval

•    Timely results

•    Accurate evidence

•    Streamlined work procedures

2.  Patients Take Control of their Health

When patients are dealing with recurring illnesses, it’s essential to always keep up-to-date information on the proceedings. Communication is hindered in some countries where gadgets and broadband internet are scarce. On the other hand, patient portals are now giving patients control to take over their entire life by monitoring their health information online. With everything uploaded online and easy access to the portal, patients can better understand their medical condition. However, let’s not forget the fact that there have been a lot of security breaches in the past – an important drawback to digital dependence. In terms of patient portals, it’s critical to use the most reliable encryption methods to protect patient information at all times.

3.  Interactive Communication

How many of you here are absent-minded? How many of you here are busy? Or better yet, how many of you here are scared to communicate with their doctors? Email platforms and other instant messaging software are bridging the gap between hustling doctors and patients alike. There are excellent emailing features which automatically remind a patient if they have upcoming follow-up appointments or tests.

4.  Revolutionized Health Monitoring Devices

As I’m typing this, my heart rate is 70 beats per minute with a resting heart rate of 57 (yes, it’s low, I’m an athlete). It’s my fitness watch! Technology has really outdone itself with these cutting-edge health monitoring devices. If you search online, we’re sure you can find some of these:

•    Fitness watches that monitor your heart rate, sleeping patterns, calories burned, and more

•    A portable gluten tester which counts your glucose levels

•    Blood pressure monitors have also gone wireless these days

•    EKG app that lets you read your heart’s status in your mobile phone

•    A scarf which has an integrated air filter that fights off external toxic elements

•    A headband which tracks your brain’s activities and helps you manage stress

The list is endless!

5.  Robotics for Convenience

AI has offered people convenience in their daily lives. Take for example Echo, Alex or Roomba, these AI robots can aid in the day-to-day minor tasks like turning the lights on, weather reports or even cleaning the house! In healthcare, robotics also helps doctors and nurses in their daily tasks such as transporting supplies, locating proper vessels and tubes or alerting for assistance. Disabled patients also take advantage of robotics through rehabilitation.

6.  Prevent the Onset of Pandemics

Let’s look back to the biggest and most unfortunate Ebola outbreak in history which happened in Africa from 2015 to 2016 and killed more than 11,000 people. Africa, an underprivileged country with the minority deprived of internet access, is susceptible to various epidemics due to the lack of fast communication between the government and its people. The use of technology can help warn people of epidemics present in their location and it also educates them on the proper measures whenever an onslaught occurs.

It’s a given fact that some conventional people often question why technology is important in healthcare and that’s okay. A lot of different technological breakthroughs in the health industry has really motivated innovators and medical institutions to prove to everyone that technology is now a momentous part of the future of healthcare.

Author Bio: Kerry Brooks, driven by the passion for blogging, writes about health, beauty, fashion, food, travel and more. She loves to spend her time travelling. She also blogs at KemperMedical, one of the leading national and global distributor of premium medical products including radiation protection products and radiology/ medical imaging supplies. 

Choosing the Right Computers

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Right Computers

With the growing options, colors, and flavors of computers on the market in the past decade, ubiquity is a no-brainer. The only question is which computer/s will appropriately serve the needs of a business. There are two points that must be considered when deciding which computer/s to purchase for a business.

First one must ask, “What tasks must be done within the business infrastructure using a computer, and which computer/s are generally capable of performing those tasks? Secondly, one must consider the monetary cost of the computer equipment being purchased.  

If, for example, a computer is found for sale and it will perform all the tasks for which it is needed, but there are insufficient monetary resources for purchasing it, consider carefully what it is about the computer that gives it the value placed on it by the seller. It could be that the seller installed some valuable software on it which ramps up the value — the point is that one could purchase a similar computer without the valued software on it and install the same type of software onto the computer without monetary cost, making it free. For any given type of software that costs money, there is usually a free version of it that can be downloaded from the internet.  

Another selling point that can ramp up the cost of a computer is the brand. For instance, while Apple tends to produce smartphones that look very nice, the reality is that there are several other well-built brands that can be purchased new and are a small fraction of the cost of Apple devices.

If one would only take some time to research the details and features of computer products whose brand names are not as popular as Apple, it would be found that a lot of money can be saved in obtaining computing devices that accomplish the tasks within a business for which they are needed.

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How to Disable and Delete Startup Programs in Windows

how to disable and delete startup programs in windows

how to delete startup programs

Congratulations! You’ve bought a brand-new Windows computer…but there’s just one problem: you have a bevy of annoying startup programs that you have no use for, and you want to delete without causing a problem. Did you know, all of these automatically opening programs consume system memory, and can drag down performance.

Here’s our step-by-step guide on how to delete startup programs in Windows:

Bear in mind that the more software you install on your computer, the longer it will take for your computer to load up. This is true no matter how small the program is (in terms of kilo/megabytes), or how little space it takes up on your hard drive.

It’s presumed, at this point, that you’re using Windows 8, Windows 8.1, or Windows 10 (the most updated version of Windows). The beauty part of these updated platforms is, they’ve made it VERY easy to disable, and delete, startup programs that you don’t need.

Presuming you have this updated platform, all you have to do to disable, and delete, unnecessary startup programs is to open up the TASK MANAGER. This is done by either right-clicking on the task bar, or by pressing CTL + ESC + SHIFT keys. This will bring up a dialogue box called TASK MANAGER. Once inside the TASK MANAGER, click on the tab marked STARTUP, then disable the unnecessary programs. To delete the program altogether, go to the CONTROL PANEL, click on ADD/REMOVE PROGRAMS, and remove the unnecessary programs.

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Simple Explanation of a Virtual Appliance

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4cit-compThe idea of a virtual appliance is confusing to some people. These appliances are extremely useful, but it is difficult to understand how and why if you are not a highly technical individual.

According to this article, a virtual appliance (VA) is a virtual machine (VM) image file consisting of a pre-configured operating system (OS) environment and a single application. The purpose of a virtual appliance is to simplify delivery and operation of an application. To this end, only necessary operating system components are included.

The fact is, everyone can benefit from virtual machines and virtual appliances. It is simply a matter of getting a basic grasp on what they are and how they are used. So, what is a virtual appliance? For the average person, here is a general explanation.

First, we must understand a virtual machine. Basically, it involves a host computer with a large amount of space and processing power. A virtual machine is simply a big file which runs within the physical hardware of the host machine. A piece of software called a hypervisor reallocates the physical resources of the host machine to the smaller virtual machines. This allows for one computer to act as several.

Now, the virtual appliance comes into play. It is a virtual machine image that is preconfigured and ready to run on a hypervisor. They are intended to decrease the time and cost associated with installing, configuring, and maintaining complex software. It is not a virtual machine platform. It is a software image which runs on a virtual machine platform.

You may wonder, “Why do people use virtual machines and appliances?”.

It comes down to efficiency.

If you have one computer doing the jobs of several computers, you cut down on time and cost. It is a more efficient use of resources. It takes less power, physical space, and hardware. With the high volume of computing necessary in many businesses today, the virtual machine has become a solid solution.

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Types of Computers: From the Stationary Desktop to Mobile Technology

types of computers from the stationary desktop to mobile technology

History shows that the types of computers available have evolved quickly in just the last decade than they have in the entire history of the computer. Ever since the computer’s earliest days, the intention has always been that we’d be forever tied down to a desk when working on one. Now it’s strictly a personal preference as mobile devices become the standard in how we use a computer while on the go.

Despite types of computer still evolving at the time of this blog, where we’re at now can tell you a lot about the past as well as where we’re going. For a business using the “Bring Your Own Device” policy, you should be aware of all the types of computers in your company and how much IT support they may need.

Desktop Computers

The desktop is still very much alive, despite so many critics saying desktops are going extinct in favor of mobile devices. Many people still prefer working on a desktop since not all mobile devices have the features yet that desktops do. That mostly comes down to speed and storage capability.

We all know desktops have Mac and PC adherents. Both are still equal, though it’s true that those who use Windows on PC’s are going to be more vulnerable to viruses. This isn’t to say Apple’s Macs aren’t also vulnerable, and may be more so in the future as more viruses are made to attack Mac’s operating systems.

The good news is that desktops are much cheaper than laptops or even some mobile devices. Many are also much less bulky, especially the recent iMacs, despite costing more.

Laptops

Your company no doubt has laptops around, even if they’re slowly starting to integrate with tablet devices. That hasn’t happened fully yet, and a laptop can still be either useful or a burden, depending on how you use it. Most of them (like Apple’s MacBook Pro) are very light and thin, yet still quite expensive for attaining those qualities.

These can also be vulnerable to viruses because of the constant connecting to other devices, plus Wi-Fi threats from intruders. Security in those departments can be very lax in some companies without certain IT policies.

Smartphones

Still called “mobile phones”, a smartphone has turned into something resembling a smaller computer. Internet surfing is now standard on smartphones as well as gaming capability. So far, not many people use them for work, unless it’s for email or texting.

They’re frequently included in the BYOD policies in companies where they can be very vulnerable. One reason is because some companies don’t realize how many of their employees are using a smartphone for their work. This lack of accountability can make your own smartphone all the more prone to hackers or other cyber threats.

Tablets

The iPad is arguably the greatest invention in mobile computing ever invented to date. Yet, they already have plenty of competition in the world of tablets. In another decade, we may all be using something quite different, especially in integrating with the capabilities of a laptop. This doesn’t stop many people from using tablets for their work thanks to touchscreen capability and easy access to multimedia. An iPad has probably been used at least once in nearly every company worldwide, whether for personal work, or for presentations.

In things we designate a computer, you could also call a server the same thing. They’re really the backbone of where we store everything. A company has to rely on servers, and they need to be maintained by technicians who know how to protect your data.

Even gaming consoles are considered a computer, even if they weren’t really considered that way before. Many now offer Internet browsing capability, which means they may be starting to slowly evolve into something more comprehensively useful.

You’re going to need a good IT service to help monitor and take care of these devices. We can do that for you here at 4 Corner IT with our IT support, backup, and cloud storage capability getting you covered from every angle. We’re also consultants so we can give you real-world field experience on preventing problems before they happen.

Contact us so we can help monitor all the above computers being used in your company. We’ll make sure they’re fully protected so you won’t have to worry about chaos when something goes wrong.