Something that always has me in disbelief is how far technology has come since the beginning of time. We've been to the moon, discovered planets, we've cloned dogs, we've made 3D metal printers, and created artificial embryos, just to name a few technical advancements. Yet there is still no discovery, invention, or formula to cure cancer. One of the worlds nastiest diseases.
Our friend Wikipedia says that Digital Health Technology "is the convergence of digital technologies with health, healthcare, living, and society to enhance the efficiency of healthcare delivery and make medicines more personalized and precise." In non-Wikipedia terms, its an effective advancement in healthcare. But what does it do in terms of cancer? Well, it doesn't cure it, and it doesn't help find a cure for it. I know right, what a bummer. However, it is a step in the direction of prolonging life by management of the sickness.
With Digital Health Tech., identifying adequate treatment could become much easier. Precise treatment is the source of longevity for any cancer patient. There are multiple treatments for every type of cancer, and multiple treatments for every stage of cancer. Without Digital Health Tech. options are usually laid out for patients. They're given all the details of physical effects, and later options for when present treatment stops working. Knowing the correct route to take in terms of medicine, would combat anxiety as well as enhance health care.
Most people, given the options, aren't always sure on what to do with all their choices. Digital Health Tech. can relieve overwhelming stress from not knowing what to choose by giving patients less options. Exact treatments would be presented instead of multiple, and those treatments would be more beneficial than others that are usually on the plate. Minister for Business Innovation and Energy, Paul Wheelhous says that funding towards Digital Health Tech. will help with "the next step towards developing new approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of blood, kidney and tissue cancers, using advances in machine learning and automation to deliver better outcomes for patients.”
I'm not a doctor, a nurse, or anyone affiliated with the medical field. That being said, I know how much more important it would be for someone un-educated in oncology to be presented with the absolute best choices instead of a "I highly recommend this but you could do this, or you could do that or that." I would rather hear a doctor say, "this is exactly what you need for your prognosis, this is the best option for your specific needs, according to your condition and type of cancer."
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Samara Shaw does We Are More's PR & Marketing which includes writing our blogs! She was born and raised in Hawaii and writes content to help our audience have a better insight on technical solutions big and small.