It feels like any task or activity you do in 2023 involves technology. We have video doorbells, phones that can be car keys, air conditioning and lights that can be controlled from an app on your phone, not to mention the incredible advances that have led to cell phones being close to miniature handheld computers with access to the internet, cameras, and the ability to reach anyone - anywhere!
Technology has become woven into our daily lives. In the medical field, advances in technology have paved the way for incredible breakthroughs in new medications, treatment options, and medical equiptment. For example, we now have the ability to look at cells, which to the naked eye aren’t detectable, magnified enough to identify small irregularities and abnormalities and have the technology to separate those cells into groups to study further. It really is incredible (and almost magical) when you think about it.
Advances in technology have allowed for images, test results and doctors notes to be stored digitally, making them easier to keep and reference by physicians. Those images, results, and notes can also be sent digitally between clinics and doctors, allowing patients to continue care and treatment with little disruption when moving takes them away from their doctors, or if they want to seek a second opinion.
These records can also be sent to you as a patient or caregiver. This allows you to be able to keep a personal record of your cancer markers and levels for easier monitoring and tracking of your disease at home. Accessing your medical records, finding credible educational materials, joining virtual support groups and contacting your doctor can all be done quickly and efficiently online, but only if you know how to find and use it.
Trying to navigate the huge world of new technology can feel impossible and overwhelming if you are not a particularly tech savvy person. If you find yourself in this category, here are a couple of suggestions that may make the world of tech a little less intimidating:
Whether you feel confident with tech or are just starting to dip your toes in the water, the world of technology has a lot to offer to you. The more you use it, the more comfortable and confident you will feel in navigating it.
about the author
Mary joined HealthTree as the HealthTree for MDS Commnity Manager in 2022. She is passionate about giving power to patients through knowledge and health education. In her spare time, Mary loves attending concerts, spoiling her nieces and nephews, and experimenting in the kitchen.