Reducing costs while improving quality of healthcare

Reducing costs while improving quality of healthcare

Everyone wants to expand medical technology because of the positive results that it brought to us. However, healthcare costs continue to grow rapidly. Although people love the innovation it brought to public, they didn’t like the expensive bills they pay in hospitals and clinics. Money isn’t something that we could pick up on streets. Everyone is working hard just to earn money for their families. This is why it is important for them to know if their money is utilized properly. Is their money efficiently and wisely spent? They need to be informed about the factors to why healthcare is expensive. Knowing that healthcare costs escalate quickly, a policy or a procedure should be implemented to decrease costs without affecting our standard of living.

According to Corinna Sorenson, professor at London school of economics, medical technology is the main cost in healthcare field but theres more than that in the picture. There are many factors that contributes to its soaring expenses. One factor is the rising prices of hospital services which added to the increasing expenditures. Hospitals charge people the amount of service they conducted to them. However, do they really need the procedures and examination being performed? Sometimes, healthcare providers tend to conduct unnecessary tests and procedures that are not needed by the patients. Examples of this include when physicians image the spinal cord of patients with back pain in their early six weeks even without the alert signs. Also, some doctors prescribed antibiotics very early even in mild conditions of the patients. These are the other reasons of why expenses are inflating so we should not think that only medical technology fosters the high expenditures.

Correspondingly, Nancy Marioka-Douglas of the NPA and Stanford University Medical School presented some recommendations pertaining to examples introduced by Sorenson. Physicians should not image the lumbar spine region of patients with lower back pain in the first six weeks unless certain red flags are present. Also, antibiotics should not be prescribed for mild to moderate sinusitis unless symptoms persist more than seven days or worsen after initial improvement. Following these suggestions in healthcare field could save $6.76 billion annually. She stressed that “her list was only the beginning and that many other unnecessary and harmful treatments should be eliminated, in primary care and in other specialties”. Her statement confirm the fact that medical staff tend to perform unnecessary medical procedures.

While recognizing the presence of wastes, Skinner, Staiger, and Fisher (2006) presented the many possible sources of spending inefficiencies. One of the source is the lack of care coordination which contributes to duplicate care and over treatment, a source of waste exacerbated by payment systems that compensate physicians based on the number of services provided. Overuse of expensive medical technologies is particularly costly, and some research suggests that a significant portion of coronary artery bypass graft surgery, angioplasty, hysterectomy, cataract surgery, and angiography is of questionable or low medical value (Goldman and McGlynn 2005). Also, when providers fail to adopt the widely recognized best medical practices also contributes to waste. These failures include lack of adherence to established preventive care practices and patient safety systems. For example, the use of beta blockers in the treatment of acute myocardial infarction (Skinner and Staiger 2005, 2009). If providers fail to follow these practices, it will result in worse clinical outcomes, higher readmissions and contributes to wasteful spending.

In response, another person verified that medical technology is not the only reason of escalating healthcare costs but also the people that control it. According to Daniel Callahan, senior lecturer of Harvard medical school, “Health care economists estimate that 40–50% of annual cost increases can be traced to new technologies or the intensified use of old ones”. This only means that over using devices in the medical setting can cause huge financial growth in health care. Also, the repeating medical processes increases the costs as well. And these action are controlled and performed by the people who works in medical field. Callahan claims that how we use and control technology plays a big part in elevating the expenditures. On top of that, he stated that “The control of technology is the most important factor in bringing costs down.” If healthcare providers know how to use it right and properly, we will prevent the rapid increase of healthcare costs.

In contrast, Peter Neumann, Doctor of Science and Milton Weinstein, Doctor of Philosophy exposes the downside of medical technology leading to their position of limiting its expansion. They think that medical technology is a big contributor of healthcare costs. Neumann and Weinstein stated some underlying facts that people are not aware of. First, “new technologies on average improve quality of medical care but that is not true in every technology only on average”. Second, “many technologies are redundant and do not improve health outcomes”. Lastly, “new technologies do, on balance, add healthcare costs”. They added that american society may have reached the point at which is not possible to provide the best available healthcare to americans regardless of costs. That being said, why should we continue to implement technology if some of it does not improve our health but only adds up to the rising expenditures. They further argue that it is not easy to recognize which technology is effective and ineffective at the time they are introduced. Although they are being tested, we cannot control what will happen and often times some technologies are less beneficial in the medical setting. This only paves way to the number of disadvantages including the exorbitant costs of medical technology.

In all, I agree that medical technology also makes healthcare expensive. However, I learned that it is not only the technology that makes it costly but also the people that use and handle it. David Cutler, an economist, expound that the money we use in medical technology is worth it. It is not wasted as long as we know how to handle it right. Also, through expanding medical technology, we are increasing life expectancy of human which can be attributed to the advances in healthcare. As Cutler asserts, “it does not necessarily follow that technology change is therefore bad … costs of technology need to be compared with benefits before welfare statements can be made”. It is very obvious that the benefits of medical technology is greater than the burden that its costs may bring. I believe we are attaining good value for money from the technologies developed.

As a student with interest in medical careers, I am strongly concern on the issue regarding the costs and effectiveness of medical technology. I know that our country is suffering from the burden of exorbitant costs in healthcare. The healthcare providers and their action are also responsible to the financial growth. Who would wanna pay expensive bills at the hospital? Nobody would do. This is why an action should be made. I strongly believe that healthcare providers can contribute a big change. They can minimize problems in medical setting and decrease the high expenditures. It is hard to make an action because we are not directly the stakeholders that make big decisions to control the growth of its costs. But I do think that educating medical staff and providing them sufficient training will make a big change. When they know exactly what to do and they know how to properly use it right, then minimal medical procedures will be done and lesser problem in the medical field will occur. By training and educating them, they will be more active and will be more familiarized with the devices. Sometimes medical staff also forget what they have learned in medical school so it is important that they should be trained again. There is nothing wrong with reminding them on how to use it properly. Education and training is a best solution that medical staff should try in order minimize the healthcare costs.

This training and education are for the NEW technologies introduced to public that many providers are not familiar with. I believe that the training should be done every six months for every medical staff engage in medical processes. The hospitals and medical group are the one that will initiate this policy. They are also the one that will pay for it since these medical staff work for their company. They can do many ways to pay for the finances such as doing fundraising and cutting unnecessary spending to hold money for training. The aging workforce should be trained because they might forget some important things about medical processes that they have learned during residency. Also, our old medical staff should be engage as well for they might haven’t encounter new devices that has just been developed recently. Also, I want this to be considered as a requirement for the incoming staff. As new applicants apply to medical career, they should have passed the evaluation and training of new medical technologies. This way we are guaranteed that our medical staff will promote less problems in medical setting and avoid wasteful spending in order to reduce the expenses. We can’t stop the continuous implementation of technology because society needs it but we can lower its costs step by step and we should start with the people who use it.

Callahan, D. (2008, January 1). Healthcare Costs and Medical Technology. Retrieved April 20, 2015, from http://www.thehastingscenter.org/Publications/BriefingBook/Detail.aspx?id=2178

Cutler, D., & McClelllan, M. (2001, January 1). Is Technological Change In Medicine Worth It? Retrieved April 20, 2015, from http://content.healthaffairs.org/content/20/5/11.full

Flemming, C. (2011, November 9). Reducing Health Care Costs While Improving Care. Retrieved May 8, 2015, from http://healthaffairs.org/blog/2011/11/09/reducing-health-care-costs-while-improving-care/

Mclellan, M., & Rivlin A. (2014, April 11). Improving Health While Reducing Cost Growth: What is Possible? Retrieved May 08, 2015 from http://www.brookings.edu/~/media/events/2014/04/11%20health%20care%20spending/improving_health_reducing_cost_growth_mcclellan_rivlin.pdf

Neumman P., & Weinstein M. (2011, March 28). The diffusion of new technology: costs and benefits to health care. Retrieved April 15, 2015, from https://books.google.com/books?hl=en&lr=&id=Etl-1y0_ryAC&oi=fnd&pg=PA21&dq=medical+technology+costs&ots=ZdsJ6TX9GK&sig=ydjC4TokWRsWwtrifDfyOYBkj68#v=onepage&q=medical%20technology%20costs&f=false

Sorenson, C. (2013, May 30). Medical technology as a key driver of rising health expenditure: disentangling the relationship. Retrieved April 15, 2015, from http://www.dovepress.com/medical-technology-as-a-key-driver-of-rising-health-expenditure-disent-peer-reviewed-article-CEOR

Skinnier J., Staiger D., & Fischer E. (2006). Reducing costs and improving the quality of healthcare. Retrieved May 08, 2015, from https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/erp2013/ERP2013_Chapter_5.pdf

A big YES to expansion!

A big YES to expansion!

I was walking around the hospital and looking for volunteering services, I noticed huge changes in our medical field. The new medical devices caught my attention and I am overwhelmed to how medical field looks now. I’ve seen the new way of saving health records which is now electronically. I’ve witness how one was being saved from death after reviving by medical equipment. A person who undergoes dialysis was now better. A guy who can’t walk can now walk because of the prosthesis limb. New life and new beginning is being given to these people. They are all very thankful for this innovation. This made me realize that change is better if we embrace it. We should not fear it for it help us in many positive ways. This changes lead me to my position of pursuing medical technology. Although expensive, I believe that medical technology should be expanded because it is very beneficial to humans and the society. However, we should only implement the beneficial ones to avoid the increase in costs.

The big reason of why many disapprove it is because medical technology is very costly. It makes healthcare expensive and gives people hard time in paying bills. We all know how hard it is to earn money so I previously asked this question “should we limit its expansion knowing that its costs steadily increase”? I have expounded that medical technology perform a lot of this “wastes”. An example of this is the inappropriate and redundancy in medical procedures. According to Daniel Callahan, senior lecturer of Harvard medical school,this is when medical staff conduct medical examination that are not needed by the patient or sometimes they overly use medical equipment resulting in repeating medical tests. That being said, it is not the patient’s fault nor the technology. There are many things that should be considered before blaming technology as the cause of increase in healthcare.

After going to the hospital, I thought that medical technology, while expensive, is very beneficial in prolonging our lives, improving our standard of living and making this world a better place to live in. In the article that I’ve read, David Cutler, an economist, expound that the money we use in medical technology is worth it. It is not wasted as long as we know how to handle it right. He added there are also technological devices that make treatment cheaper. One example of this is the new way of treating diabetes. It is less painful and much cheaper compare to before. Also, through expanding medical technology, we are increasing life expectancy of human which can be attributed to the advances in healthcare. Furthermore, aged people today are the ones who mostly need treatment from medical technology. Due to this, we need to pursue the implementation of technology in order to prolong their lives. While we are extending people’s life, we are also increasing healthcare costs. But it is very reasonable to help old people and provide them appropriate treatment for their condition. Additionally, people expect so much from technology. Often times they desire new technology to be implemented. Everyone is a fan of change and hi-tech devices. This is also a reason of why stakeholders pursue the advances in medical field because they want to provide conveniency and healthy living to people. The provided reasons above supports that technology is very helpful to everyone and it is worth the pay.

I agree that medical technology is what makes healthcare expensive. However, I learned that it is not only the technology that makes it costly but also the people that use and handle it. I highly think that medical technology should be expanded and not limited. As Cutler asserts, “it does not necessarily follow that technology change is therefore bad … costs of technology need to be compared with benefits before welfare statements can be made”. It is very obvious that the benefits of medical technology is greater than the burden that it’s costs may bring. I believe we are attaining good value for money from the technologies developed. Therefore medical technology, although expensive, should be implemented, pursued and expanded because it provides a lot of positive things in return. We should just be aware of what technologies should be implemented and it should be handled right by people who use it.

Callahan, D. (2008, January 1). Healthcare Costs and Medical Technology. Retrieved April 20, 2015, from http://www.thehastingscenter.org/Publications/BriefingBook/Detail.aspx?id=2178

Cutler, D., & McClelllan, M. (2001, January 1). Is Technological Change In Medicine Worth It? Retrieved April 20, 2015, from http://content.healthaffairs.org/content/20/5/11.full

Money….How are you spent?

Money….How are you spent?

I understand that today it is really to hard to pay our necessary needs and budget the money we have. Earning money is never easy to anyone. We all work hard everyday to earn a little income that will be use to pay expensive bills and necessities. This is why I want to inform people about how their money are utilized in the medical field knowing that healthcare is very expensive and it continue to grow rapidly due to advances. We can’t stop the changes but we have to adapt to these and accept the innovation. Given that medical technology costs is exceedingly high, there are group of people who have clashing opinions whether to limit or expand medical technology. This blog will expose the two sides of debate. But why should people care about this debate? It is because they are the ones who pay taxes that contribute to the funding of medical technology. That being said, they should be concerned if their money is efficiently and wisely spent.

Due to the fact that healthcare expenditures has been growing steadily, more people are becoming concern on this exorbitant costs. According to Corinna Sorenson, professor at London school of economics, medical technology is the main cost in healthcare field but theres more than that in the picture. She studied the costs of medical technology and analyzed the factors that contributes to its rising expenses. These factors includes the aging of populations, increased public demand and expectations, rising prices of physician and hospital services and inefficiencies in the usage of technological equipment. After the long analysis, she disagrees that medical technology is the cause of increase in healthcare expenditures. She think that it is not the medical technology that makes it expensive. There are many factors that contributes to its excessive costs such as the way that healthcare providers handle technologies. Due to that, she favors to the expansion of medical technology as long as healthcare providers know how to use technologies properly.

In her analysis, she elaborate the factors that makes medical technology pricey. One factor is the rising prices of hospital services which added to the increasing costs. Hospitals charge people the amount of service they conducted to them. However, do they really need the procedures and examination being performed? Sometimes, healthcare providers tend to conduct medical procedures that are needed by the patients. Additionally, their inappropriate usage of technology also adds up to the expenses. They sometimes repeat medical procedures to be sure of the results. This redundancy is also being paid which explains why healthcare is pricey. These factors only prove that there are a lot of things to be considered so we should not put the blame on medical technology.

In contrast, Peter Neumann, Doctor of Science and Milton Weinstein, Doctor of Philosophy exposes the downside of medical technology leading to their position of limiting its expansion. Neumann and Weinstein stated some underlying facts that people are not aware of. First, new technologies on average improve quality of medical care but that is not true in every technology only on average. Second, many technologies are redundant and do not improve health outcomes. Lastly, new technologies do, on balance, add healthcare costs. They added that american society may have reached  the point at which is not possible to provide the best available healthcare to americans regardless of costs. That being said, why should we continue to implement technology if some of it does not improve our health but only adds up to the rising expenditures. They further argue that it is not easy to recognize which technology is effective and ineffective at the time they are introduced. Although they are being tested, we cannot control what will happen and often times some technologies are less beneficial in the medical setting. This only paves way to the number of disadvantages including the exorbitant costs of medical technology.

It is always hard to balance the pros and cons of medical technology. With these provided information, people can have their own argument and decide whether we should expand or limit medical technology. Both sides have credible explanation and it is really up to us on which opinion weighs the most.

Neumman P., & Weinstein M. (2011, March 28). The diffusion of new technology: costs and benefits to health care. Retrieved April 15, 2015, from https://books.google.com/books?hl=en&lr=&id=Etl-1y0_ryAC&oi=fnd&pg=PA21&dq=medical+technology+costs&ots=ZdsJ6TX9GK&sig=ydjC4TokWRsWwtrifDfyOYBkj68#v=onepage&q=medical%20technology%20costs&f=false

Sorenson, C. (2013, May 30).Medical technology as a key driver of rising health expenditure: disentangling the relationship. Retrieved April 15, 2015, from http://www.dovepress.com/medical-technology-as-a-key-driver-of-rising-health-expenditure-disent-peer-reviewed-article-CEOR

THE UNDERLYING TRUTH

THE UNDERLYING TRUTH

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It is very significant to recognize the impact of medical technology to society. I’ve been expounding the benefits it brought to us as well as the disadvantages. After reading many articles, I made a generalization that medical technology is very important and should be implemented despite its downside. However, as I have continued to study this topic, I have discovered that medical technology actually has caused a huge growth financially in healthcare. There’s a widespread belief that medical costs in United States are so incredibly high because of a steady increase in medical technology used to improve people’s life, this is especially important to those who are aging and have low quality of life. Despite the intensifying costs, it is still implemented and most people accept the cost of the innovations as simply the price of an improved and better life!

Now I want to argue this question, should we limit the expansion of medical technology due to the extraordinarily rapid rise in expense of healthcare? As of today, medical technology is the main cost driver in healthcare field, there is numerous equipment and devices that have been developed that provide convenience and advanced treatment for medical conditions. However, people are often unaware that some of these medical devices are not worth the expense. The government is not always aware of what will be the helpful technology. They continue to utilize technology that are less beneficial and sometimes not even use at all. Another factor that contributes to the costs is the unnecessary tests and procedures done by healthcare providers to patients. They often conduct medical examinations that are not even needed by the patient. This is because of high reliance and dependency in technology. Also, the redundant and inappropriate usage of medical equipment paves way to the rising costs. Medical staff overly uses some equipment and sometimes they repeat medical procedures to be sure of the results. These factors are considered the “waste” that exists in the medical field which is why healthcare costs are exorbitant. And this is the underlying truth that are not revealed and remain unnoticed.

Why should people be concerned about this topic? It is simply because it is they who are benefiting from the advanced care and it is they who pay the taxes which contribute to the funding of medical and research technology. People should be concerned and aware how their funds are utilized, is it spent wisely and efficiently in this extraordinarily expensive field of health insurance and medical technology. The audience of my topic includes the people who work in the health care field, students who are interested in medical careers and everyday people. At some point we all will eventually visit a hospital for urgent health reasons and this is why it is really important for us to understand how the technology improves our health condition and also what the negative consequences of medical technology can be to us. I am not advocating people to limit their usage of technology. I favor in pursuing advances in medical field for it has a number of advantages such as extending life of aging people who have less years to live. I believe it is the government’s responsibility to determine which technology are helpful and which are harmful to people. It is also their responsibility to manage well the technology being implemented in the medical setting such as testing it first before making it available to public. In this way we are decreasing the healthcare costs while increasing our standard of living.

ALL IN ONE

ALL IN ONE

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Medical Technology has impacted our world in many positive ways, the continuing developments of new devices that are extraordinarily useful in the medical setting continue to impress and inspire us!   However, there will always be the good side and bad side in medical technology. I believe that today it is so important for people to know all the aspects of medical technological advances, the positive and the negative, they are directly affected, and they are the stakeholders, consumers and the payers in the medical field. It is imperative that they understand the benefits and risks that medical technology brings to society. Due to this, I have compiled an essential reading list to inform them the latest issues that they should know in medical technology.

Is medical technology worth it?

As people become aware of the newly invented devices in medical technology, they should determine if this equipment is worth the extraordinary costs. This article informs people in a clear way about the value of advances in medical technology. This article is a study conducted by experts who generalized that medical technology is really worth the price! David Cutler and Mark McClellan expounds that technology in the medical field is very valuable and extremely important in the care of patients. They emphasize the fact that the benefits of medical technology are much greater than its costs. This is a fascinating study because it enlightens people about advances in technology and explains that while technology maybe pricey it is well worth it in the long run.

The Good side 

It is obvious that medical technology has provided benefits and convenience to people. I found an article that clarifies the advantages of medical technology that most of us are not aware of. This article also reaffirms that the innovations in the medical field has positively affected the whole world. This will help people understand why the implementation of medical technology is being pursued. Important benefits are improved information and data coordination, better diagnosis and treatment procedures and advance quality care that can be brought home. It surpasses people’s expectations of what technology can really do in the medical field.

The Bad side

It is not a threat to reveal the downside of medical technology. In fact, it helps people to realize that nothing in this world is perfect. This is very compelling article because the writer used a true to life event to capture people’s attention pertaining to medical technology. People will gain understanding that technology in the medical setting can be faulty at times. It describes a story of a patient who was in coma due to improper treatment, from this story we learn that insufficient knowledge and training can lead to a detrimental medical condition.

What’s the latest?

Today, there are newly invented medical equipment with a goal to deliver essential care. This website consists of many articles that are very interesting because they introduce us to the latest inventions, explains the purposes and functions of the equipment, and what the benefits to people are. In this way, people will have an idea of what technology that will best fit their condition. This is why I included this to my reading list; it is very significant to inform people what medical devices are available to public that would change their life and the whole world.

Bringing healthcare HOME!

Bringing healthcare HOME!

images-17   Today, medical technology has made it possible to bring advanced healthcare into our homes. No more hassles, wasting time, and no more lines! People minimize the work of doctors by diagnosing their own health condition before making unnecessary trips to hospitals or clinics. With these tools they can provide the patient appropriate treatment. This medical technology has ultimately impressed people for the convenience and benefits it has brought. To recall the ideas from my recent blog, it is important to endorse the advances in medical home based technologies. There are newly invented devices such as the CliniCloud Mobile Medical Kit which combines a stethoscope, and contactless thermometer in a very compact package.

This new medical device was created by a company called CliniCloud. This company contains doctors who productively collaborated to make this innovation happen. Dr. Andrew Lin, co-founder of CliniCloud, stated that “stethoscope and thermometer are two important tools in the medical setting, now we are putting these powerful tools to the hands of everyday users”. It is clear that the goal of this medical device is to bring home the essential care we need without even leaving our houses. This is very convenient and time saving. Thanks to these advances people can accurately check their health status at home in just minutes. This product can be accessed at CliniCloud offices in San francisco and Australia. However, it is available online too so everyone can buy this product regardless of where they live. This device will be available on July 2015 and the retail price is 149$ but devices can be pre ordered for 109$.

CliniCloud Medical Kit is used for monitoring our health and for recording data pertaining to our medical condition. This is accomplished through the use of a smart phone app which displays results of diagnostics. This device can keep track of fever, chills, coughs and colds. Together with this, an integrated stethoscope can listen to our lungs, respiratory and heart rate. It develops good diagnostics which we can consult to a doctor for further reading. It also includes a thermometer which is connected to the phone through an infrared or Bluetooth connection that can provide accurate readings of body temperatures. This is a totally complete package of the basic home healthcare and diagnostics that we need. Although, this gives us good results, we should still consider going to a more credible source which is our healthcare providers and let them better analyze the result.

Some of the Disadvantages of this product is it requires knowledge in using modern devices such as phones. Some parents are too old and can’t adapt to this modern way of diagnosis. Another downside of it is when you use this product, there should be an internet connection. Just like any other application in phones, it won’t function without internet. But these disadvantages are just small compare to the advantages it have. One solution is to educate the elders to be able to use this product. Maybe this kit should include a CD that contains video and a small pamphlet of step by step procedure in using this product. Another solution is to connect this product to the wifi in the place where the person is or to a wifi hotspot in phones so people can use this product wherever they are.

Advanced medical technology is a positive influence on our quality of life. I believe that with training and education, the positive will outweighs the negative. Our world is technology based, we need to embrace the advances not fear them! I highly recommend pursuing advanced medical technology coming into our homes. Analyzing products brought by medical technology enlightens people’s minds and encourages them to think that it is very beneficial despite any minor downsides.

Citations

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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.

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

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