The Scoop December 2015 - Page 12

What's Next: Robots Doing Surgery

Integrating technology into medicine is a big step from decades before. Now it seems obvious to just boast about how “advancements in medical technology have allowed physicians to better diagnose and treat their patients since the beginning of the professional practice of medicine" as healthcarebusinesstech.com have mentioned. With the constant improvements, technology is increasingly integrated into today's industry as well as our personal lives.

The term "technology" didn't always mean computers and the godforsaken cloud. Tech in the medical field has evolved from a concept from the ancient greeks to the tools we use now. According to healthguideinfo.com, we should be thanking Hippocrates (460-377 B.C) and Galen (131-201 A.D) for being first physicians to document their patient’s recovery process to improve patient care or else we'd be shooting in the dark when it came to diseases. They forever changed the view on disease and the people gladly learned that "they were no longer some mysterious force that took so many lives." By analyzing the recovery of one patient, doctors can improve cures for the next patient. In order to advance forward, the doctors needed to examine what's already there so they knew what to expect the next time around. It goes to show that "gathering and processing information" proved to be a good technique in the ancient times. The addition of modern technology to medical practice did not start until the 19th century. Also, as mentioned by medicalinformationtechnology.org, “the medical information technology field is a specialty field that prescribes software to treat and cure health care computer systems.”