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Medical Technology - Improving Care for Diabetes

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

Treatment of diabetes has changed considerably over the years with technological advances in medicine. With everything from electronic patient records to continuous glucose monitoring and the creation of an "artificial pancreas", both the medical field and patients are benefitting from advances in medical technology.

Electronic patient records
Patient records are recorded and kept in a computer system at the doctor's office and the hospital if you've had to visit one. Files can be shared electronically through email or can be printed and faxed in the case of an emergency. Unfortunately, because of patient confidentiality, hospitals don't have an integrated online system. There is technology available and current efforts are being made to integrate the technology but the medical field needs to protect their patient's information from online hacker's. Once an integrated system is in place, the hospitals will have immediate access to a patients records and will know what medications they are allergic to, their health history and any complications or health concerns they have had in the past.

Glucose monitoring
Diabetes patients are now able to test their glucose levels in the comfort of their own home with a variety of over the counter testing systems. A test will show a patient's blood glucose levels by placing a strip under the skin. The reading will tell the patient what their levels currently are, what they have been throughout the day and will store the numbers to create a graph to show what it has been over several days. It will even sound an alarm when the levels are too high or too low.

Artificial Pancreas
There is currently building and testing of devices that will actually deliver the right amount of insulin to a patient based on their insulin levels. It is essentially an insulin pump that will be surgically inserted into the patient and they will no longer have to control the device on their own.

These are just a few ways that technology is changing the medical field. It is giving people with disease freedom that they've never had before and health professionals the necessary tools, like autoclaves and new EKG machines, to save lives.



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