Technology will save lives

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Technology will save lives

  1. 1. An explanation of how technology is helping medical advancement By: Chantal Lush
  2. 2. As technology advances, and humanity continues to be plagued by medical ailments it can be guaranteed that technology will be used to save the minds and bodies of the human race.
  3. 3. Technologies that have led to saving or improving the mind.  Ted Berger’s Brain Implant- which is expected to help improve the memory abilities of people who are suffering from brain injury or Alzheimer's disease  William Walter’s EEG machine- which records electrical activity along the scalp, it helps in the detection of epilepsy, coma or brain death  Raymond Damadian’s MRI- This technology serves the same purpose as X-rays but does it more efficiently, and without the use of ionizing radiation.
  4. 4. This brain implant is new this year and is expected to:  Mimic the brains normal function of exchanging short term memory to long term  Create the capacity to generate memories  Make life easier for people suffering from the effects of stroke, Alzheimer's disease, or traumatic brain injury “It’s a bio-medical replacement of brain parts.” – Ted Berger
  5. 5. http://youtu.be/kJsfQTcBhAM?t=55s Ted Berger briefly explaining this new technology and the probabilities and issues surrounding it. This video is relatively long, it starts at 0:55, feel free to stop watching around 5:00, this is the end of the most relevant information.
  6. 6. Quality of living for many people will be much better Greater understanding of the brain Possibilities that will present with helping other diseases affecting the brain
  7. 7. Human experimenting- where is the line drawn? The possibility that the science is not as developed as needed Mind control- will this technology eventually be used to change memories and make people do things they do not want to
  8. 8. Here are some technologies that have led to improved body function and helped save lives.  Rume Elmqvist’s Pace Maker-a device that contracts heart muscles by using electrical impulses  Samuel Alderson’s Powered Prosthesis- which converts muscle movement into electrical signals which are coded to perform certain tasks  Dean Kamen’s Insulin Pump- used to measure and regulate insulin levels
  9. 9. The implantable pacemaker invented by Rune Elmqvist was first introduced in 1958 and accomplished many things.  Fully implantable in the chest and is rechargable  Uses electrical impulses to regulate the hearts beating pattern  Revolutionized the previous pacemaker which was located outside of the body I think there must be around 5 million people today with cardiac pacemakers fitted, and it has become a major industry.” –Hakan Elmqvist (Rune’s Son)
  10. 10. Here is a short video explaining the heart and how a pacemaker helps. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMXBR_YFocs
  11. 11. Quality of life for people with irregular heart beat has drastically changed Money saved from surgeries that are no longer needed Lower mortality related to irregular heartbeat
  12. 12. First patient with pacemaker had 30 different devices fitted throughout his life The original version had to be recharged each week with radio energy The cost of a pacemaker can reach over 20, 000 dollars according to HealthcareBlueBook.com
  13. 13. This technology has derived from the invention of the computer. Medical establishments have recently adopted the concept of changing from keeping records in paper form to converting to an electronic medical database. This database combines patient information and allows better communication between a single person’s medical professional team.
  14. 14. This video quickly explains the purpose and some of the benefits of electronic medical records (EMR). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDWsXkC3YcI
  15. 15.  Less medication mistakes- easier for pharmacist to read, no chance for patient to change prescription, easier to detect medications that have adverse reactions  Easier for medical professionals to communicate  Doctors can ensure patients are following through with referrals and check on test results
  16. 16.  Possibility of privacy breach is extremely high- someone hacking the system, loss of a personal device containing personal health information  Extremely expensive to implement, learn to use, and maintain
  17. 17. Overall it is evident that technology over time is leading to the saving of lives through the major advancements it continually makes in the medical world. Whether it is a device that helps to improve quality of living or is helping to create a better more thorough health system for individuals seeking care. The trend that occurs in medical technology is that although new technologies often help to improve and save lives, they are often considered to be ethically questionable and very expensive which make them difficult to pass on to the world.
  18. 18. Cohen, J. (2013, April 23). Brain Implants Could Help Alzheimer’s and Others with Severe Memory Damage | MIT Technology Review. MIT Technology Review. Retrieved August 6, 2013, from http://www.technologyreview.com/featuredstory/513681/memory-implants/ Dr. Theodore Berger - Piecemeal repair and replacement of brain parts is coming. (2013, February 14). YouTube. Retrieved August 7, 2013, from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJsfQTcBhAM Electronic Medical Records (EMR). (n.d.). Health - Province of British Columbia. Retrieved August 7, 2013, from http://www.health.gov.bc.ca/ehealth/emr.html New Electronic Medical Records. (2012, December 22). YouTube. Retrieved August 7, 2013, from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDWsXkC3YcI Nicholls, M. (2007). Pioneers of Cardiology: Rune Elmqvist MD. Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, 109. Retrieved August 6, 2013, from http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/115/22/f109 Pacemaker Insertion Pricing. (n.d.). Healthcare Blue Book. Retrieved August 6, 2013, from http://www.healthcarebluebook.com/page_Results.aspx?id=34&dataset=hosp Pacemakers and the Human Heart . (2010, April 21). YouTube. Retrieved August 7, 2013, from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMXBR_YFocs

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