Week 1 Reflection – Juste Impolyte

Whether you believe the advancement of technology is a good or bad thing in society, one thing is certain, technology is advancing. Sure, there are many pros and cons to different aspects of technology. A few were brought up in the How Doctors Improve Health Via ‘Disruptive Technology’ article. Dr. Richard Rothman, founder of the Rothman Institute, believes that “disruptive technology” is the best thing for our health care system. By moving therapy online, using electronic health records and other “disruptive technologies,” costs can be reduced and convenience for patients can be improved. This sounds great, but even Rothman himself provided a downfall that disruptive technology can bring; electronic health records can be hacked. That alone causes great concern for me as an individual. Everyone is different, however, and sometimes the pros can outweigh the cons for certain people. Many of us are living a busy lifestyle, and we have grown to like the convenience technology can provide us. If something can be done from the comfort our own home through the use of technology, chances are many people would take the opportunity. Most of us do. Weather it may be through having access to online health records, or having the ability to track every aspect of our diet,  most of us chose to outweigh the cons for the convenience that technology can bring us.

The healthcare craze has become a prominent topic over the past few years. Everyone wants to live a healthy lifestyle, and the list of modern-day tools to help assist an individual to achieve that goal keeps getting longer. Most of us have become familiar with many of the apps that smartphones have to offer. It has become the norm, maybe even second nature, for us to track every aspect of our lives, including our diet and exercise regimens. The convenience that a smartphone app or a Fitbit-like bracelet can provide us is astonishing.

I have seen more and more of my friends get bracelets that can sync to your smartphone and give you information about how active you are after every birthday. It has become one of THE gifts to give. As its popularity is growing, the tracking bracelets are also growing in features. After reading the article Checking your vitals; Wearable technology is changing the way we monitor health, a valid point was brought up. As these bracelets become more advanced with time, the possibility of patient and doctor information sharing can become a more plausible reality. This may seem like a path of convenience at first, having your doctor know your daily activities so they can better help you stay healthy. However just as with every pro in technology, there comes a con. The question of how much you actually want to share with your doctor and healthcare provider comes to mind. Though it may seem like we live in a time where many of us want to share everything online, some of us still like the aspect of our health to remain in privacy. Especially if one has grown accustomed to a less than healthy lifestyle. If a healthcare provider were to have access to everything a smartphone app and a Fitbit bracelet can track over a extended period of time, do you think most people would get charged less, more, or the same amount for healthcare? Just the possibility that a healthcare provider could charge me more for their services based on what I did for a brief period of time puts caution in my mind. But just as pointed out before, the pros may outweigh the cons for certain individuals.

Technology will always continue to advance, change is inevitable. Though throughout this reflection I have brought up as many pros as I did cons about advancements in technology, this was done as a means to always be cautious about technology. Technology changes all the time, and many great things have come out of it. Just take every new advancement with a grain of salt. As written in the article The Revolution Has Only Just Begun, change cannot be stopped.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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