Is Technology Diminishing Our Caregiver’s Humanity?

caregiving and techIt is often said that the internet can impact the lives of millions of people. In a myriad way, it certainly can. From entertainment and education to keeping up with world news and staying connected with your friends and loved ones, the internet is indeed the future that we have made for ourselves.

Yet some people see a darker side of it. One such argument is how it actually replaces people’s physical contact to a realm of digital connectivity.

Disconnected humanity

While there certainly is a minority of people that believes this, it’s imperative that we address the issue nonetheless to explore what led them to such realization.

In today’s medical industry, the rate in which technology is progressing is in contrast to how much physical contact a doctor interacts with his patients. Hospitals are utilizing high-end equipment that allows data, records, and patient files to be compiled in the cloud where physicians could just pull a certain patient’s information and see whether or not their convalescence has indeed advanced.

This exact practice is the main factor in which people are arguing that the internet, and arguably the whole advancement of science, is slowly straining the humanity of healthcare givers.

Patients, or people in general, crave communication on a physical level, as well as attention that they rightly deserve as a patient during hospital admissions. And while there are nurses to fill that need, some objects that their physicians should also be there for their patients personally.

The reality

Having said all that, let’s look at the perspectives of healthcare providers.

Yes, physical contact is indeed needed, but not always.

We have to understand that physicians aren’t limited to one or two or three patients, they have numerous. It is standard clinical practice to prioritize their patients’ needs base on the severity of the condition, as well as the level of care that that certain patient requires to fully recover.

As such, doctors don’t always have the time to physically be there to check up on each of their patient. But that doesn’t mean they’re not doing their part as a healthcare provider. They’re just performing their tasks behind the scenes.

As for technology lessening the physical contact between physician and patient, you can argue that this is true. However, most would gladly give this up if it means that doctors can cater on larger number of patients which are suffering from chronic conditions and deserves more attention than your average flu patient.

Furthermore, technological advancement is responsible for the decrease of mortality rate around the globe.

Proteus Digital Health, for instance, now allows unhindered patient monitoring through safe sensor ingestion that sends data in the cloud allowing caregivers to tract someone’s health progress or whether or not they’re taking their medications as prescribed.

Another is Watson, the IBM supercomputer, which aids physician in making quick and effective decisions during patient care and assessment. Watson is able to combed through 200 million pages of relevant research in mere seconds which would otherwise take a person hours of delving through the results.

All of this is achieved with the help of the internet and the level of technology that we now possess today. While there certainly is a darker side to these things, when it comes to medicine, both of these progress is a miracle that humanity managed to produced.

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