Role of Computers in Healthcare

1650 Words Apr 18th, 2011 7 Pages
Topic: The Role of Computers in the Health Sector

There have been many innovations and inventions since the civilization age and the industrial revolution that took place in the eighteenth century and has continued till present. Some of these inventions were harmful to humanity and represented violence while others have been of tremendous help to society. Some of these are cars, airplanes, ships among others but the one I want to discuss its role is the computer. A computer can be defined as a machine that performs tasks, such as calculations or electronic communication, under the control of a set of instructions called a program. Programs usually reside within the computer and are retrieved and processed by the computer’s electronics.
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Very delicate conditions and/or illnesses now can be detected right from its beginning and dealt with before they aggravate into life threatening conditions. Ranging from the usual laboratory procedures to the advanced imaging needed by radiological services, pinpoint accuracy is what computers are able to provide. Highly complex and programmable diagnosing computer based machines like x-rays; abdominal scans among others help make accurate diagnosis and hence providing the right medication to patients.

Also, what is termed as ‘e-hospital’ has also come to help improve accessibility to prescription and doctors. The public can now log on to health websites and report whatever is wrong with them and receive a prescription. These websites have medical doctors who are always on the stand by to attend to patients. This has made healthcare easier, less expensive and very accessible. All one needs is knowledge in the internet. Other pharmacists also have ‘e-pharmacies’ where patients can visit and get every medication they need to get just a click of the mouse. Other health workers like dieticians, who take care of the diet of people; physiotherapists who take people through exercising and aerobic trainings now upload their videos of some training drills on these websites and psychologists have made interactive websites available where clients can easily get in touch with them and report any problem they have for solution. These two great and
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