TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCEMENT IN HEALTH SECTOR

Postgraduate

ABSTRACT

The last few hundred years have also witnessed a host of fundamental scientific discoveries that have led to the development of the advanced technologies of today. Advances in health sector technology have the potential to be major sources of economic wealth as well as forces for change in the organization of health care sector. The health and medical research and development sector, from which advances arise, has a high public profile in its own right. Finally, there is great community interest in technology, especially technology that has important implications for health sector like areas of optics, molecular, atomic and nuclear structure, genetics, physiology, biochemistry, anatomy, microbiology and immunology.


INTRODUCTION

Technology has been impinging on human health since the origins of human kind. The development of tools, weapons for hunting, clothing, controllable fire, language, money, boats and containers for storing and carrying things are all technologies that played an important role in sustaining and advancing the spread of people around the globe. In the last five to ten thousand years, the development of the technologies of agriculture, writing, the wheel, pottery, paper, strong building materials and metals, among others, have played a crucial role in the development of civilizations. All of these seemingly fundamental technologies have also played, and continue to play, a crucial role in the health of human populations.

The explosion in the development of technology since the industrial revolution has witnessed the discovery and widespread use of steam power, electricity, glass, plastics, internal combustion engines and many other technologies. The last few hundred years have also witnessed a host of fundamental scientific discoveries that have led to the development of the advanced technologies of today. These discoveries have occurred in the areas of optics, mathematics, molecular, atomic and nuclear structure, relativity and quantum mechanics, genetics, physiology, biochemistry, anatomy, microbiology and immunology, to name a few

Technology is a crucial ingredient of health care. Indeed, all health care consists of either human interaction, the application of technology, or, most commonly, both. Consideration of technology is important in any examination of the organization and functioning of health care services and systems for many reasons: Technology is a major component of current health care costs and perhaps the key driver of future cost. Major regulatory frameworks and institutions exist solely to manage the introduction and use of safe, effective and efficient technology in health care. Advances in health care technology have the potential to be major sources of economic wealth as well as forces for change in the organization of health care. The health and medical research and development sector, from which advances arise, has a high public profile in its own right. Finally, there is great community interest in technology, especially technology that has important implications for health.


METHODS OF DATA COLLECTION

The method used in collecting data for this research is from the secondary sources of data collection which is has as follows.

Research:

Is the technique for the investigator to make use of the information’s provided either from textbooks, internet and journal’s? Information and data obtained from the above sources where used for fact finding and conclusion where made from facts and with a view for a better and efficient understanding of casual reconstruction.