Nanomedicine: utilizes nanotechnology to advance biomedical research and clinical practice

Public health informatics

Public health informatics is the application of electronic resources combined with science that furthers the development of medical practices (CDC, 2014). From the reading, one of the most interesting things found was that the lack of knowledge in healthcare prevents many Americas from managing their health. In the first step in incorporating technology, there must be a vision of what would be most beneficial in health care, and how to plan for its incorporation. The second would be understanding and establishing the guidelines. Third would be the protection and security of the technology—fourth, the design, and construction. Fifth and final would be the collection and analysis of data. The process calls for a well-established plan that gathers, shares, and populates useful data gained through surveillance used to expand medical knowledge and discoveries.

Informatics, application, and more excellent connectivity can help improve communities by allowing medical professions to share and evaluate their findings. With the right resources, data can be used to effectivity to assess, assist, and provide more support to the patient. One device discussed was the Coronavirus (COVID) contact tracking application, which allows the spreading of COVID to be tracked and recorded (Public Health, 2020). The application of this device was intended to allow individuals to see what areas of the world are primarily effective by the virus in hopes of decreasing the spread.

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Introduction to Public Health. In: Public Health 101 Series. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, CDC; 2014. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/publichealth101/informatics.html.

Public Health Informatics Institute is a program of The Task Force for Global Health (2020). Retrieved from https://phii.org/contact-tracing

Euston Melville 

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Discuss what you find most interesting and relevant on the overall topic of public health informatics based on your readings, the film festival, and discussions.  How can informatics, apps, and greater connectivity help improve the health of communities?

What I find interesting is simply using the devices that we use every day to make our communities better. Challenge activity apps, for example I like because it encourages people to get active in a fun way. They challenge each other and in turn live a healthy lifestyle. I like that there would always be someone looking for ways to make our lives easier, make us live healthier, and by default live longer. With health informatics I believe this would be possible, and it is seen every time your watch tells you your heart rate, your apps pause after inactivity, you can get notifications if your blood sugar is getting low, or if it is time to eat. It can also send a notification if an elderly person is living alone and their daily routine has stopped for an extended period of time, alerting a loved one and the proper authorities.

The CDC defines public health informatics as a “systematic application of information, computer science, and technology to public health practice, research, and learning.”  (CDC). Within public health they focus on improving the public health in their everyday practice, expand their knowledge on practices involving public health, and increase the knowledge of the public through learning. In times of health crisis education in power, and how quickly we can receive this education can make a difference on how quickly we can get a situation under control. An example I would use is our current pandemic. With the use of informative real time notices and updates through smart devices could have been beneficial in getting news quicker on the outbreak of COVID-19 in areas that you might be close to.

An app that would be great would be with using GPS location, if you have been in the same area with a person for more than 10 minutes your GPS would log that person. If that person is tested positive for COVID, they would enter it in to their device and a notification would be sent to everyone who was in contact with that person. This notification wouldn’t release any patient information but would simply say, “There might be a possibility of exposure to COVID-19 you should get tested”. This would in turn make contact tracer so much easier in that it is automatic. This would reduce time in notifying individuals and in turn reduce the chances of spreading the virus, or even catching it before you develop any symptoms.

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Introduction to Public Health Informatics|Public Health 101 Series|CDC. (2018, November 15). Retrieved July 28, 2020, from https://www.cdc.gov/publichealth101/informatics.html

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Richard Gilbert 

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Week Four, Discussion Two

Future Trends

Research and share your thoughts on emerging healthcare informatics trends and what you think will become much more valuable and widely used in the next 5 years or more for improving healthcare. Do not mention technologies that are already in widespread adoption today (i.e. EHRs).  Based on your research, identify at least 3 emerging trends or technologies that you believe will be in widespread adoption in the next 5 years or more and explain why.

The first trend that is quickly evolving is telemedicine.  It was listed as the number one new trend for 2020 and due to COVID myself and my parents have all used it for their healthcare needs.

Another trend quickly gaining traction is the use of AI and VR, we can now utilize these products to assist in physical therapy among other applications where people can be in the comfort of their own home and receive therapy. Other innovations that are guaranteed to be used more and improve our way of life and healthcare is the use of 3D printing and wearable health technology. The uses for apps will be getting more involved and be able to do more than just count steps and tell you your heart rate. The prediction is that they will be able to be a little more intrusive in their surveillance on your bodies statistics, Who knows, maybe a watch in the future will be able to predict a heart attack or stroke?

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Melissa Ramos 

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Healthcare changes very often as technology developments advance, from the way we use imaging scanners to how we prescribe medication. It is quite obvious that technology drives healthcare more than anything else, and in the future it will continue to change. This is why it is very important for health informatics professionals to understand how to build effective information tech systems and share their discoveries and information. Although, I believe humans will still be the front end of it all, technology will definitely help and change how we do medicine. I don’t think that one day a robot will just control everything, but I do believe that we will work hand in hand. 3 emerging trends or technologies that I believe will be in widespread adoption in the next 5 years are: 3D Bioprinting, Nanomedicine, and AI (artificial intelligence).

3D bioprinting: is the printing of three dimensional objects from a digital file. It would be used in health care to print living human tissue. Why is this important? Because we have a shortage of organs for lifesaving transplants all over the world. This would eliminate wait list and the need to pick and choose who deserves to live.

Nanomedicine: utilizes nanotechnology to advance biomedical research and clinical practice. It is used in health care to inject a patient’s bloodsteam and monitor diseases. This is beneficial to cancer patients as it improves circulation, reduces toxicity, and sensitive diagnosis and imaging.

Artificial Intelligence: is technology that mimics human cognitive processes. It is used in health care to improve how hospitals and health care professionals deliver care to patients.

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