How Technology Has Affected Healthcare

1225 Words Dec 9th, 2015 5 Pages
Our world runs on technology. The introduction of the home personal computer and the internet launched our society to a modernized, technology-depended community. Vast array of information are available to us every minute of every day. If any of us have a question that we needed the answer to, all we have to do is use Bing or Google or some other search engine and search for the answer. It is so easy now to obtain information. Furthermore, technology has greatly affected healthcare. Due to the technological advances in medicine, our society has the longest life span in history. Illnesses such as infections, wounds and other ailments that used to be fatal can now be cured by simply ingesting medicine. An aspect of medicine that is gradually becoming the focus of technological advancement is surgery. Surgeries can now be performed with the help of robots. The utilization of these robotic surgical systems is one of the main controversial issues many physicians debate about. The uncertainty as to what extent technology should influence medicine makes this issue interesting.
Robotic surgery was first imagined from the idea that surgeons can operate on a patient without being in the same room, which was explored by NASA and the military in the 1970s and 1980s. The first ever surgery system that uses robotic technology is the da Vinci Surgical System. The da Vinci Surgical System was approved by the FDA in 2000. This system includes a camera arm and mechanical arms with surgical…
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