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February 18, 2010

Healthcare Technology and News: Technology Gives Facelift to HealthCare

Thanks to the growing advancements in medical technology, the healthcare industry has had a surge in certain medical tests and increased prescription drug use,  according to a new healthcare report.
Things like imaging, assisted reproductive technologies, prescription drugs and knee replacements have grown dramatically since the 1990s, a report from the National Center for Health Statistics, said.
The center, which is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, introduced its latest report on national health this week, which covers health technology.
According to the report, the use of magnetic resonance imaging and computed tomography/positron emission tomography scans ordered or provided in doctors’ offices and emergency departments tripled from 1996 to 2007, USA Today reported. In addition,
“There are newer and better technologies all the time, and they're changing the face of health care and practice patterns," Amy Bernstein, the report's lead author, a health scientist, told USA Today.
The report also discusses how medical technology has influenced medical treatments U.S. citizens receive. For example, an anti-diabetic drug that was used by people 45 and up increased about 55 percent from 1988-1994 to 2003-2006 figures, the newspaper said.

Amy Tierney is a Web editor for HealthTechZone, covering business communications Her areas of focus include conferencing, SIP, Fax over IP, unified communications and telepresence. Amy also writes about education and healthcare technology, overseeing production of e-Newsletters on those topics as well as communications solutions and UC. To read more of Amy's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Amy Tierney

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