These are truly exciting times for those of us at the forefront of emergent digital technologies. Technology provided by robotics, computers, digital imagery, 3D printing, and cloud and mobile storage and communications has fundamentally changed lives in too many ways to list. Some of the most far-reaching advances have occurred in these three major industries.
It used to be that going to the dentist for anything other than a routine cleaning could be at best slightly uncomfortable and at worst downright painful. Fillings, crowns, and root canals can be painful procedures that require numbing shots, which themselves can also be painful.
Some procedures take multiple visits with the possibility of discomfort between visits, and some people experience general anxiety no matter how benign the visit. Today, however, dentists aren't something to be feared or to feel anxious about, and modern technology has only helped in this regard.
Anesthetic shots are practically pain-free with digital anesthetic instruments and alternative pain-blocking techniques. Multiple visits are many times unnecessary because modern dentist offices use digital imaging for crown sizing, and they mill the permanent crown directly at the office.
According to this article in Dental Products Report, digital advances have also vastly improved the quality of the images obtained for restoration. Smile technology produces accurate representations of the patient's facial movements and sends them to cloud-based software for designing. Many times, the patient can see the finished image before final implementation.
When it comes to marketing business products, needs, and advertisements, modern technology has radically changed the way that corporate America operates. The most far-reaching and obvious change is that distance is not an obstacle to access anymore.
Online communication makes virtual meetings possible between co-workers and facilitates meetings between separate businesses. Customers can purchase items and services online. Personalized customer service is optimized through customer data, and marketing to customers is achieved through social media sites. Much of this information is hosted on the cloud.
Customer outreach dynamics have been heavily impacted by the advent of the internet. Many customers won’t do business at a location that doesn’t feature a robust web presence. If your business isn’t represented on online maps or feature social media content or adequate SEO, most people won’t even know that it exists.
Technology continues to advance diagnostics, treatments, and knowledge in the field of medicine. An exciting discovery by researchers at the University of Alberta promises future advances in stopping certain genes involved in cancer metastasis, as detailed in this health care technology article hosted by CareCloud.
Robotics are increasingly being used during surgical procedures, new drugs are continuously being produced, and doctors have immediate information at their fingertips.
Imaging technology has drastically enhanced the capacity of doctors, dentists, and others in the health industry. Instead of having to visualize surgical procedures or work off of dim X-ray images, professionals now have access to detailed three-dimensional imaging. They can approach their tasks with greater detail and precision than ever before.
Technology is not stagnant; it continues to bring innovations to the table. Every day is a new day with new discoveries. Tomorrow beckons with fresh knowledge that can be applied to all aspects of our lives.
Justus Daniel Eapen is a policy level Organizational Transformation Consultant with over 25 years experience in Banking & Government.