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Focusing on the Problem, Not the Tool: Acknowledging Technology’s Limits

Volume 11 - Issue 2

Brent A Williams*

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    • Department of Epidemiology and Health Services Research, Geisinger Health System, USA
    • *Corresponding author: Brent A Williams, Geisinger Health System, Department of Epidemiology and Health Services Research, 100 North Academy Avenue, Danville, PA 17822, USA

Received: November 14, 2018;   Published: November 20, 2018

DOI: 10.26717/BJSTR.2018.11.002067

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One needs to interact only briefly with the outside world to appreciate the ubiquity of technology in contemporary society. The President of the United States tweets, parents ignore their children on the playground while bowing to their smartphones, and airport patrons scurry to camp out at power sources so as to keep their technology fresh for their upcoming travels. Compared to other industries, health care has been accused of slow adoption of innovative technology, but that situation is seemingly changing fast [1,2] From electronic medical records (EMR) to imaging to “-omics”, technological advances are having an increasingly noticeable impact in the world of health care, and health care researchers are capitalizing on these advances to fund research programs. Though resistance to such advances by the medical establishment (though not medical researchers) has been noted, few would question the favorable direct or indirect impact some technologies are having in improving human health.

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