We’ve always focused on the digital side of things; from podcasts to downloadable resources, our team is constantly on the lookout for innovative ways to spread awareness about malaria and its treatment. Of course, in an ever-growing digital world, the use of technology is spanning far beyond our work. When thinking of this tech expansion we tend to leap to think of social media, televisions, and phones.
These innovations in technology, however, spans far beyond this and has critical influence over areas you probably didn’t know about; starting with your health. So here’s a roundup of the most important and influential technological uses and innovations helping to improve global healthcare.
Enabling the sharing of information around the world
Malaria is an example of where the sharing and receiving of information can be crucial and life-saving. That’s why we do what we do; we use the powers of the internet and all its facilities to make malaria education as simple and accessible as possible. Without technology, this would not be possible, and the information (symptoms, diagnosis, treatment etc.) of common, and rare, diseases would be much less accessible, leading to increased death rates, poor planning and a lack of essential healthcare knowledge; all of which are catastrophic and put to a minimum through technology.
Improving treatment options for various diseases and conditions
We’re thankful for the advancements in the treatment of several diseases in recent years. Several medical advances have made fatal diseases such as malaria, polio, and smallpox far less common and much more treatable.
However, many advances have come more recently in the form of technological innovations. On a global scale, we are now able to conduct drug and product testing without the immediate need for animal or human clinical trials. There are now reliable treatments for both small and major ailments; cancer patients can now expect a better life expectancy than they would have a few years ago. While cancer is not eradicated and completely solved; we are united in our determination and looking at the past positive steps, with the help of cutting-edge research and technology, we are certain this will happen in years to come.
Improving diagnosis and patient predictions
Technology has improved almost all aspects of the diagnostic process. Doctor now have a centralised database of information accessible in one place, and can see symptoms and treatments of various diseases easily. The NHS Choices website compiles thousands of medical guidelines and disease overviews and makes them accessible online for patients.
Technology has also allowed for smarter patient predictions. By compiling patient data over a period of time, doctors can begin to paint a picture of a patient and the risks they may face in the future.
If we were to look at gene technologies, we now have software and hardware that can map out an individual’s entire genome. Scientists can then search for faulty genes and implement early treatments programme.
More than half of the human population is at risk of contracting, and potentially dying, from a completely preventable disease: malaria. Despite all the technological advances and efforts institutions, organisations and charities put in, we need help in order to fight such complex, diverse issues the world faces. It’s time to take action, and this starts by raising awareness and preventing infection from mosquitoes as much as we can as individuals.
So, how can you help? Well, by writing insightful blogs, sharing our resources and spreading the word, you will make an impact!
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