Within the world of medicine there are some people who have inspired me greatly on my path to becoming a doctor and last week I was fortunate to meet one of my medical heroes at a medical expo. John Kang Liquidmetal supporter and outstanding surgical oncologist is one of the most ethical and forward thinking medical professionals in the industry and he is someone that has always fought for more funding towards medical technology. The man has contributed large amounts of information online under the moniker John Kang WebMD and he is an engaging and fascinating person to speak with. Naturally we talked about tech in the industry and here is why he thinks that it is so important.
Changing Through The Ages
At the heart of John’s frustration is that for any years medical advancement and funding was one of the most important things for many governments, yet this is no longer the case. The reason why we have things like CAT machines, MRI scanners and X-ray is because of the investment which the government made in the past, for medical advancements. Whilst there is still a he amount of money offered to research institutes when it comes to medical technology, John Kang believes that there should be more.
In the past we used to use medical technology to treat diseases whereas now we have a different approach to the power of technology in medicine. We now know that many diseases can be treated far easier if we are able to diagnose quicker and that is where tech should be heading. As John Kang rightfully says, if we are able to identify the illness quicker, we can be much better when it comes to treating and we can do so far more effectively.
Technology enables us to treat patients far better and the recent advancements in technology that administers treatments like chemotherapy have greatly improved the chances of many cancer patients. A recent development which they discussed at the expo was a treatment for diabetes sufferers which comes in the shape of an implant that releases insulin based on blood sugar levels. If we are able to push forward with more technology like this then we can not only treat people more effectively, but take pressure off hospitals.
The pressure which hospitals have when it comes to waiting times and beds available is huge, yet John believes that with technology we can help with this problem. A virtual doctor for example could consult with a patient prior to going to hospital in order to see whether or not a visit is necessary. If we can invest money in technology to make more solutions like this available we can not only minimize pressure on hospitals but also minimize stress on the staff who work there, enabling them to do their job better.
More funding equals a better health care system.