what is health technology

Dow Institute of Medical Technology was established in the year 2006. The Institute offers four years of bachelor’s in five subject tracks namely: Clinical Laboratory Sciences (CLS), Respiratory and Critical Care Technology (RCCT), Ophthalmology Technology (OP) and Surgical Technology (ST), and Perfusion Sciences.

BS Medical Technology is a 4 years program. It follows the semester system in every track offering. The first two years comprise of basic sciences subjects with introductory subjects of the respective disciplines. The last two years comprise applied and advanced subjects.

Each student is given individualized attention in their respective chosen track. They are trained in their respective disciplines through vigorous practical, theoretical, and professional skills. For this purpose, clinical rotations are planned during the semester, and at the end of each semester, a one-month clinical practicum is planned at various hospitals in Karachi for professional working experience to be gained by the graduate. After completion of the 4 years Bachelor’s degree, students are provided with a six months internship at different clinical settings of Dow University of Health Sciences, concerning their chosen tracks.

The discipline has its foundations in the basic sciences. Medical Technologists are recognized globally as essential members of the healthcare team, not only for routine medical and surgical care but also for emergency medicine, critical care, and management of disaster victims. The aim of the establishment of the Institute of Medical Technology at Dow University of Health Sciences is to ensure the qualification and competition for human resource availability and development in these vital areas.

Medical Technology is a vital part of the entire health care system. This professional field comprises the challenges and ample rewards of working with medicine and surgery and deals with the technical aspect of the same.

 

HISTORY OF DIET

In the year 2006, when Dow University was established along with several departments, the Dow Institute of Medical Technology (DIMT) was also founded under its umbrella. This department initially offered four years of bachelor’s in four subjects namely: Clinical Pathology (CP), Critical Care Technology (CCT), Clinical Ophthalmic Technology (OP), and Operation Theater Technology (OT). Later, these disciplines were renamed: Clinical Laboratory Sciences (CLS), Respiratory and Critical Care Technology (RCCT), Ophthalmology Technology (OP), and Surgical Technology (ST) respectively. Later in the very next year, DIMT added two more disciplines: Occupational Therapy and Dental Care Professionals (DCP). This was followed by the addition of a BS in Cardiovascular Sciences Perfusion (CVP) which was renamed: Perfusion Sciences (PS). Later, three are being offered by their respective Institutes whereas, Perfusion Sciences along with the previous four is still being offered by Dow Institute of Medical Technology.

Medical technology has come a long way since the invention of eyeglasses and the stethoscope. The broader availability of mobile internet, the expansion of a more affluent middle class, and an aging global population are all driving change in the healthcare industry, and the associated technology is changing faster than ever before. According to a profile of the healthcare industry by the World Economic Forum, more than a billion people will need reskilling in medical technology by 2030.

Many of the most interesting new technologies in medicine need to be used together, and integrated attempts to do so already exist. Some tech-inspired clinics, such as Forward and One Medical, take a concierge-like approach to primary care, putting technology to use in a way that providers get more quality time with their patients. But that is just the beginning.

In 2020 and 2021, the Covid-19 pandemic forced healthcare into the future, and, as a result, several promising medical technologies were tested on a massive scale. In 2022, the question is how those technologies can be used together in a post-pandemic world.

Read on to learn about the hottest medical technologies for 2022.

1. REMOTE PATIENT MONITORING
Thanks to remote patient monitoring (RPM), physicians can now know what is going on with a patient without physically being close. There are several benefits to RPM including better patient outcomes, faster response time, and significant cost reductions over time. RPM goes hand in hand with telemedicine in reducing the need for patient travel and mitigating everyone’s exposure.

Thanks to legislative changes to Medicare for the Covid-19 pandemic, various forms of RPM were approved for reimbursement, effectively increasing the popularity of this new technology.

Pronounce, a provider of medical software notes that in 2020 an estimated 23.4 million patients utilized some form of remote patient monitoring. The most common types of monitoring were blood pressure, weight, heart rate, and blood sugar, all without having to go into an office or a lab.

This practice is becoming so widespread that a survey conducted by Spyglass Consulting Group found that 88 percent of healthcare providers had invested in or were evaluating adding RPM to their practice.

2. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
Artificial intelligence (AI) takes on many different forms in healthcare. The primary trend for AI in healthcare in 2022 will be in utilizing machine learning to evaluate large amounts of patient data and other information. By creating tailored algorithms, programmers can mimic human thought and write programs that can seemingly think, learn, make decisions, and take action.

No, this does not mean that medical care will suddenly be delivered by sentient robots. However, it does mean that, given a patient’s particular medical records, history, and current symptoms, physicians may be given suggested diagnoses, medications, and treatment plans. The physicians will always have the final say, but the information will be at their disposal.

Overall by analyzing healthcare data in this robust and comprehensive way, healthcare leaders will be able to use the findings to improve patient outcomes, reduce costs, and boost staff job satisfaction.

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