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Role played by computers in health care and medicine

BY: David Prakash Kumar | Category: Technology and Computers | Post Date: 2009-10-19

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There was a time when technology played a minimal role in health care and medicine. Those were the days when a person's health was in the hands of the physician only and the medicines prescribed by the physician. These days, technology has improved and computers control almost every aspect of health care.

Computers play a very central role in health care that is provided to a patient. This is reassuring at the same time scary. It is reassuring because computers once programmed to perform a function, seldom deviate from the programmed path. It is scary because computers cannot think and can never replace humans in treating different patients differently according to their needs.

In spite of all these arguments for and against the use of computers in health care of a person, the role of computers have come to stay in the patient care. The various important roles played by computers in health care are listed in this article.

1. Records of patients:

Electronic filing and retrieval of patient data and details is a important role that is done by computers. Though many hospitals use the chart system that was in use before computers arrived, many of the corporate hospitals use the computer system for pre scription of medicines and payment of the bills as well as electronic filing of the patient details. The electronic record system helps in the case of insurance claims and also when the physicians need to refer to the previous history of the patient. The electronic records are safer and last for a longer time than the regular records maintained on paper.

2. Computerized emergency equipment:

Many of the equipments used in emergency medicine are computer operated. These machines are connected to a computer and pre programmed to work at a specific speed and range. One example of this is the use of computer programmed ventilators. These machines provide air to the comatose patient at a specific interval. A particular amount of air is given in a specific interval. This is just one of the examples of the use of computerized equipments in emergency medicine.

3. Research in health care:

Research in health care is very important because it forms the basis of all future treatments in the health care industry. This is the reason that computers are very important in health care. There are many statistical packages that help researchers to analyze the data that was collected. This analysis helps to create papers that will be useful for the society at large.

These are some of the important uses of computers in health care and medicine. The list can go on and on because the health care industry has been taken over by the computers. Each and every equipment used is pre programmed and have an element of computer in them. The role of computers in health care will only keep increasing. There can be some problems when there is equipment failure. People may also stop relying on their knowledge and come to rely on the computers more. These are some of the problems that can occur when the role of computers in the health care industry increases.

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About Author / Additional Info: I am a physiotherapist and also a freelance writer. I have been writing for many blogs and websites and also take up freelance assignments. Comments are welcome at prakashdavid@rediffmail.com

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