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Technology makes it better

February 23, 2009

“Technology” is a ridiculously obese term, applicable to anything and near everything synthetic, from any time, whether real or conceptual. Sometimes, it can be useful for patients and doctors to exploit it. And sometimes, we depend on it so much that when we find ourselves without it, we are crippled. Do we really need it all?

Forget fancy radiological devices, Twitter, remote robotic surgeries, nanotechnology drug-delivery systems, Electronic Medical Records,  or even schemes to improve determinants of health on a community-wide level.

Something as simple as a checklist can transform intensive care (and beyond); see Atul Gawande’s article in the New Yorker for more on this. There are many innovations available to physicians, enabling them to provide safe and efficient care, but patients can be empowered too.

What are some manageable things YOU can do for your health with technology?

What about some things you can do for the health of your technology?

* Thanks to @jenmccabegorman, **@Juan_Negro

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