If the World Wide Web had actually developed into the world’s information centre in a way that would suggest that it has reached its true potential, you would be able to jump online and accurately diagnose an illness you appear to be suffering from, wouldn’t you? Yet as much as you can try, the likelier outcome is that you walk away convinced that you’re dying of some cosmic set of diseases!
Once you’ve managed to muster the courage to visit your GP, something like some probe repair work that might be going on to delay the day’s consultations for a just a little bit, would likely reassure you that you’re not in fact dying of some cosmic mix of diseases and that you’ve made the right decision consulting a trained professional. There’s a lot of technology that gets deployed in the professional setup of a doctor’s office, but it goes way beyond some general knowledgebase published online which loosely matches symptoms with possible ailments.
If ever there was an inconspicuous tech-system which is as important to the functioning of a doctor’s office as any of the technical equipment, it would be the ventilation system, both in the waiting area and in the doctor’s room itself. I mean have you ever heard of an incident involving a patient contracting an airborne illness at a medical centre? It just doesn’t happen, thanks to the effective technology forming part of the simple ventilation system.
The internet probably comes into focus again, this time in more of a constructive and effective manner. The records of the patients, medical supplies and instruments, financial transactions, patient information, etc, all have to be stored in a way that allows quick and easy reference in the future, should there be a need for their reference and sometimes that information might need to be accessed remotely.
So there’s a lot of networking and software based technology which drives the data management associated with the running of a doctor’s office. It doesn’t necessarily have to be hosted in the cloud or fully connected to the internet.
All sorts of technical equipment beyond that which you see the medical professional deploying and interacting with drives the core of the functioning of a doctor’s office. You might not immediately be able to see and identify something like the GE ultrasound probes used for their corresponding procedures, but this and other pieces of technology are what make the doctor’s lives that much easier and their work more proficient.
So next time you’re quickly in and out of the doctor’s office and you learn that you spent your consultation fee to find out that there’s nothing much wrong with you, never second-guess whether or not it was worth it. Part of your consultation fee goes to the maintenance of all this technology which makes it easier and quicker for any issue you may have to be diagnosed accurately.