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Technology and Medicine Infographic

Technology and Medicine Infographic


This extremely attractive infographic address how technology has changed the medical industry.  It starts off by stating “medical technology is the application of devices, procedures, and knowledge for diagnosing and treating disease for the purpose of maintaining, promoting, and restoring wellness while improving the quality of life.”  On the left of the entire infographic is a timeline of technological advances in the medical industry, starting with the invention of the stethoscope in 1816 and ending with the production of the first commercial hybrid PET/MRI scanner in 2008.  Check out the entire timeline for the whole scoop.

US Med Tech Companies By Segment

A pie chart shows us that a great many medical technology companies are focused on therapeutic devices, while the next biggest segment belongs to non-imaging diagnostics.  The next largest segment is dedicated to research and other equipment, and the next segment (second to the smallest) is dedicated to imaging.  The smallest segment is designated as “Other.”  In the therapeutic devices category, the largest piece of that piece of the pie goes to cardiovascular and vascular developments, and the smallest to urology/pelvic with many other therapeutic devices in between.

3 Ways Medical Technology Has Improved Treatment Processes

1. Faster Diagnosis

2. Less Invasive Treatments

3. Shorter Hospital Stays

Survival Rate

It is noted that the survival curve has flattened because of lower mortality and has become increasingly vertical with older people because of the technological advances.  A graph shows the percentage of people who lived until a certain age between 1900 and 1902, when only about 10% of people lived past the age of 85, and 2002, when almost 30% of people lived past the age of 85.  Based on this graph, most people live to age 55 or older, and around 50% of people live to at least age 80.

Advances in Medical Technology

Some of the advances mentioned are wireless heart monitors, skin cell guns, the STEM microscope, Nexagon healing gel, Berkeley Bionics’ eLEGS, and the iPhone Blood Pressure Monitor.  A description of each of these advances is included on the infographic.

Advancements in Health Record Technology and More

Sprint has something called M2M healthcare initiative that provides GPS tracking for patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia, and offers faster access to more unified personal data like heath records and test results.  Now there is also a “know before you go” option for hospital emergency rooms.  Some hospitals place their wait times on billboards, make them available on their website, and even offer the wait time via text.  Some hospitals participate in a service called InQuick ER where a patient can pay a $9.99 fee and hold a place in the ER online.

Helpful Healthcare Apps

Some of the apps listed are My Medical, which allows you to store medical histories for you and your whole family, BP Buddy, that helps you track your blood pressure levels, Glucose Buddy, which helps you manage diabetes, and iTriage, that is a diagnostic tool.  Also listed is the Ovulation Calendar – guess what that does?  Also, the Mediquations Medical Calculator brings 231 medical calculations and scoring tools right to your mobile device.


Design:  A

Like I mentioned before, this is a very attractive infographic.  It manages to get a lot of information across in a way that does not confuse you or frustrate you, and the colors used are easy on the eyes.

Information:  A

The information given is complete and well-researched.

Source:  SmallCellLungCancer.net

It’s A Smart World Infographic

It’s A Smart World Infographic


This infographic is a great homage to the microprocessor.  Born over forty years ago, the microprocessor has undergone many changes, and this infographic shows us the ways we use them today.


Microprocessors are used in commercial buildings to monitor energy consumption and make it so that the buildings are energy efficient.

Major Machines

Microprocessors are used in treadmills and other exercise equipment, vending machines, ATMs, cash registers, and more.


Microprocessors allow retail signs to really communicate to their demographic – they are able to change to address people of a certain age or gender.


Traffic signs can guide cars away from wrecks and construction, digital surveillance helps keep order on the road, roads have warning systems for bad weather, and inside the car itself microprocessors make navigation systems and in-car entertainment a reality.

Personal Devices

From your household appliances to your MP3 player, microprocessors are all over your home.  In your computer, your TV, and maybe even in your medication.  They now make pill bottles that can tell you whether or not you’ve already taken your medication.


Tractors that can plant seeds, fertilize, and harvest are now automated, thanks to microprocessors, and microprocessors are even at the heart of the wind turbines, making them more energy efficient and useful.


Design:  A

It’s pretty, and neat-looking.

Information:  A

It really drives the message home when you think about how many everyday items contain a microprocessor.

Source: It’s a Smart World Infographic by Intel

Do Men and Women Shop Online Differently?

Do Men and Women Shop Online Differently?


This infographic tackles the question of whether men and women differ in their online shopping habits.  I know that personally, my wife and I differ.  I buy things online, pay for them via PayPal, and am done with it.  My wife tends to like larger purchases that require multiple payments, so that when I go to balance the bank account I have to remember that the $48.78 from Online Vendor A is from that “6 payments with no interest” for a fancy bowl, household appliance, or pair of shoes.  But I digress…

Annual Spending

The first subject the infographic addresses is the average annual online spending for men and women, depending on age.  We find that people in their thirties buy about the same amount as people in their mid fifties or early sixties, though women around 26 years old do the most amount of online shopping.  The creators of the graphic make a little joke, saying that men of a certain age shop online less because they “may be too busy with their midlife crises” and they tell us that women 45-54 are in the prime of their career and have less time to shop, but that they still spend about $200 more per year than men of the same age (the ones busy with their midlife crises).

Shopping Times

We’re given the information that most online purchases are made between 12-1 PM and 7-8 PM.  Women make most of their online purchases during their lunch hour, men make their purchases in the evening.  Actually, that’s if the graphic is to be believed.  If you read what they tell you, only 8% of the 7-8 PM purchases are made by men.  So, the 7-8 PM wedge of the pie being blue may be misleading.  Since the lines int he top graph aren’t too far apart, I guess we can just assume that fewer men make larger purchases.

Average Shopping Time

It says that men take an average of ten minutes to complete their online purchase, while women take fourteen minutes.  They tell us “a guy’s purchase decision is a tactical execution,” while “a woman’s purchase decision is a philosophical examination.”  Even if that’s so, I guess it only takes a woman about four extra minutes to get all philosophical.

Average Spending

This sort of confirms what we said earlier, that men might spend more than women, but the numbers do not differ that much, only about $67.82 for a man’s average purchase, $51.84 for a woman’s.  They do say that men are “more tenured” at shopping online and that explains their comfort with buying more expensive items.  Hm.

Purchases by Day of the Week

We’re told that men do the reconnaissance on the weekends, then go to work Monday morning to bargain hunt and make the purchase.  Tuesdays and Wednesdays are pretty even with the male/female split, but women shop a tiny bit more on Thursdays, men shop more on Fridays, and women shop more on Saturdays and Sundays.

Returning Goods

According to Forrester Research, men return items faster.  If they are going to return it they will do so within the first day or two, and the average (which is not indicative of the reality) is within 21 days.  Women, who return items less frequently, will do around day 4 or day 5.

Design:  B

They use blue and pink for men and women, respectively, which is the most logical choice, I suppose, but with the marbled pink, blue, and yellow background it sort of looks like a nursery gone wrong.  The typeface used is pleasant, and the whole thing is arranged nicely.

Information:  A

If it’s true, it gets an A.  I feel like the averages take a lot of extreme variables into account, so the overview we’re getting is slightly watered-down, but for what it is, it’s fine.

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