Why You Should Not Fear Digital Health Tech

July 29, 2020 09:05:41

The technological advancements in the health sector have raised a lot of concerns and fear, especially in bioethics. However, the new improvements in the health sector are inevitable; thus, the fear of the unknown should be a thing of the past. People should not be afraid but rather embrace new digital health technologies. The following discussion should eliminate that fear from people:

Is there any possibility that artificial intelligence can control our lives?

It is surprising how quick research into artificial intelligence and its application is developing. Through it, some researchers are aiming at creating a cloud-based data sharing center. The cloud-based data system is to help physicians to utilize the vast amount of data to come up with better diagnostics and care. Besides, the invention will have the capability of reading millions of documents in seconds and provide the most suitable therapies.

However, the biggest fear is that will artificial intelligence work better than the human brain and take control of lives? That should not be the case as it only aims at helping and developing healthcare for better services.

Would surgical robots become uncontrollable and injure patients?

The use of robotics has improved surgical procedures. It has contributed to more successful operations and faster healing. For instance, the da Vinci surgical system has enabled physicians to operate with precision, enhanced vision and much control. Despite all those advantages of robotic operation, people still fear that these machines may become uncontrollable and cause harm.

People should not have that fear as human beings control these machines. Technology is there to assist surgeons. Therefore, people should not fear but rather embrace new technologies.

Are wearable devices reliable?

Wearables and sensors have become more popular globally. Devices such as Viatom Checkme and Scanadu that measures your heart rate, oxygen saturation and temperature among others have transformed healthcare. However, a lot of people still do not have sufficient information about the accuracy of these devices. Some people also do not know how to use them without guidance from an expert.

It is therefore essential for the device manufacturers to give clear instructions on how to use them. They also need to come up with quality devices that meet FDA standards.

Will nanobots give more room to bioterrorism?

Researchers have been doing experiments with micro-sized robots that could swim into body fluids to deliver drugs in some targeted areas. They are so tiny that they cannot be discovered when swallowed. Some people are afraid since by using such small devices, security could be compromised hence leading to bioterrorism. However, ethical controls are put in place to curb such vices.

Is there any chance that genome sequencing can reveal your fate?

Genome sequencing is an amazing tool to prevent and cure diseases. Besides, when it is used carefully and wisely, putting bioethics measures in place, it can save lives. However, the essential thing to dissolve fear among people is educating them and making them aware of how it works. They should also be informed about the pros and cons of genome sequencing. Genome sequencing doesn’t provide conclusive proof about your future. It simply predicts what could happen, and other factors can determine whether this comes to pass or not.

As digital health technology plays a bigger role, the public will come to trust these systems more as they will witness how valuable they are. Entities like LexaGene Holdings Inc. (TSX.V: LXG) (OTCQB: LXXGF) are undoubtedly doing the best they can to stamp their mark on this medical revolution.

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