THINK DEEPLY

THINK DEEPLY

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Medical technology also have negative effects not only to patients but also to medical staff. In my recent blogs, it is verified that the collaboration of medical staff with technology is effective and beneficial in many aspects. However, there are some issues in the medical setting regarding doctor’s reliance on technology. I initially thought that medical technology have only positive impact to healthcare providers. After reading some articles, I realized that medical technology can cause laziness to medical staff. Also, the levels of misdiagnosing increases despite the expansion in medical technology.

In the article, “Digitally numb: Doctors are losing hands-on diagnosis skills by relying too much on technology”, argues that doctors and physicians are not that productive anymore in performing medical activities. Doctor James Aw, the author of the article, noted that medical staff lacks the face to face interaction when doing physical examination to a patient. Before, doctors were doing hands-on diagnostic process which includes touching the patients abdomen, flashing lights into the pupils and listening to their chests using stethoscope. Today, patients don’t undergo this process anymore but pay pricey tests and examinations to conduct the process. This article proves that some doctors rely too much on technology which made their performance ineffective and unhelpful.

Sandra Boodman, the author of  “What a doctor may miss by reaching for the MRI first”,  reported incidents which confirms that medical technology is not as accurate as we think it is. For example, a women with blood clot in her lungs was shocked on what she found on the second result of scan. The outcome was very different to the first diagnosis. She thought that she has problems in lungs but actually it was her cardiovascular system that is failing. This indicates an intensifying problem in misdiagnosing health issues. It confirms that the problems in misdiagnosing still thrive despite the emergence of medical technology. One solution is to not rely too much on technology. The article clearly denotes that even advance technology can provide faulty results. Doctors should collaborate with other experts and recheck again the results before revealing it to the patients. In this way, they can prevent giving the patients inaccurate diagnosis.  As credible professionals, I think their observations as a doctor should be as powerful as what technology can find in the examination.

Utilizing technology in medical setting should come with skills, training and knowledge. Doctors should not just depend on computers and medical devices but use it to enhance their performance. On top of that, doctors should be productive and very hands on to their patients when doing examination. One solution is to educate and train medical staff for less errors in medical setting. Since the author provided real life problems caused by over dependence on medical technology, it caused me to believe that modernized healthcare is also unsatisfactory in some way. The authors did a good job in persuading me to rethink my ideas and change my point of view. The articles have compelling titles that will make readers realize the problem immediately. Authors wrote it in a way that problems will be highly emphasized so the readers will reassess what they currently know in medical technology. I still agree that all the benefits of medical technology prevails over its downside. I learned that it is very important to consider other negative perspectives to be aware of the problems in health care.

(1) Digitally numb: Doctors are losing hands-on diagnosis skills by relying too much on technology [web blog post] retrieved march 5, 2015 from

http://news.nationalpost.com/2014/06/10/digitally-numb-doctors-are-losing-hands-on-diagnosis-skills-by-relying-too-much-on-technology/

(2) What a doctor may miss by reaching for the MRI first [web blog post] retrieved march 5, 2015 from

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/what-a-doctor-may-miss-when-he-reaches-for-the-mri-first/2014/05/19/50ce45a8-c19c-11e3-b574-f8748871856a_story.html

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