Are Medical Professionals Being Replaced By Technology?

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Over the years, technology has evolved drastically and augmented the field of medicine; robots and computers have reduced in size from once taking up an entire room to conforming to the palm of one’s hand. A rising concern is the growing threat of technology replacing medical professionals. Medical professionals have grown increasingly reliant on technology to complete their practices; these days, doctors use databases to distinguish the disease and treatment a patient needs, robots aid surgeons in minimally invasive surgery, and pharmacies use machines to count pills. In pharmaceuticals, surgery, and diagnosis, technology has taken over many tasks formerly performed by trained professionals. The burning question remains: are medical…show more content…
The rate of robotic surgeries is “increasing by 25% annually” (Health Research Funding, 2014). Presently, only two robot systems are cleared by the FDA to assist surgeons the first is the da Vinci Surgical System by Intuitive Surgical. Neil Ogden, chief of the FDA 's General Surgery Devices Branch in the Center for Devices and Radiological Health, states “ [The] da Vinci is cleared to assist in advanced surgical techniques such as cutting and suturing [sewing]." The second system is the ZEUS Robotic Surgical System by Computer Motion, Inc. of Goleta, Calif. While the da Vinci is cleared for cutting and suturing, the ZEUS is only allowed to “assist in grasping, holding, and moving things out of the way” (All About Robotic Surgery. 2014). The da Vinci robot currently costs around $2 million; a surgery performed by the system can cost an average of $3,500 than the average run-of-the-mill laparoscopic operation (Scott, 2015). Due to the increased cost of robotic surgery over minimally invasive surgery, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, advises patients that “robotic hysterectomy is best used for unusual and complex clinical conditions in which improved outcomes over standard minimally invasive approaches have been demonstrated” (Evans, 2013). However, the implementation of robotic surgery
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