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ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY

Intro
Ryan	Field,	MD	|	Editor

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elcome to our second section on engineering and technology! We
hope you continue to find this service helpful and informative.
We remain convinced our readers appreciate content regarding how
technological advances move us toward an improved future, as well as
how they may imperfectly implement the vision.
Over the following pages, we begin with contributions from two
key areas:
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Our specialty utilizes more equipment and technology than
many, and we facilely use these advances to demonstrably
deliver better care to our patients. As we incorporate more
perioperative care into our practices, ultrasound stands poised
to improve our ability to directly deploy timely and improved
care with higher precision data to incorporate into our medical
decision-making process. Davinder Ramsingh, MD, devotes
the bulk of his research to how point-of-care ultrasound can
improve these aims. As this technology becomes cheaper and
more portable, we may broadly utilize these devices as the
closest thing yet to Gene Rodenberry's vision for medical
tricorders; a device actively sought through X-Prize funding.

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Also more than many specialties, the electronic medical record
and anesthesia information management systems stand as our
communication tool, legal documentation, billable encounter
documentation, and data analysis tool for helping to archive
and scribe our medical thought process and clinical outcomes.
Ira Hofer, MD, explores this imperfect tool in health science
and clinical care, describing some of its shortcomings while
maintaining a hopeful look to its future.

We truly hope you enjoy this second section on engineering and
technology evaluation and advances, and we again invite and look
forward to your comments and suggestions for future topics.

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