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Technology and Medicine Infographic

Technology and Medicine Infographic

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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.

Scorecard

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

How to Talk like a Beer Snob Infographic

How to Talk like a Beer Snob Infographic

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Did you know that beer has its own language, and that it’s language is snobbish at that? Someone has submitted one of the most unique concepts for an infographic that this blog has ever seen: How to talk like a Stereotypical Beer Snob. The graphic examines common beer terminology–everything from hops to pops to IBUS–and then shoves some beer currently on the market under the microscope. By the end of the graphic, the creator reveals his strong distaste for Coors Light. (But is he treating Coors Light fairly, or does he have an axe to grind?)

So, according to the graphic, beer is one of the most commonly consumed drinks in world history and has four major ingredients. Water, hops, malt, and yeast.  You create different tastes for beers by combining these primary ingredients in different ways. The graphic looks under the hood and pokes through every last detail of hops, malt, yeast, body, and IBU. Let’s quickly summarize:

Hops: These poky little pests are what give beer much of its aroma and taste. The main hops you and I are used to are British, American, and European ones. The graphic shows that they are composed of different things.

Malt: The main purpose of this is to balance out the hops. It’s composed of barely and wheat, and also comes in different flavors.

Yeast: I’m certain you know what yeast is, but just to renew, yeast is probably the most key ingredient since it’s what creates the alcohol in the drink.

Body: This is how the beer feels in your mouth, whether it be watery of heavy–the beer that is.

IBU: If you’ve ever had Arrogant Bastard Ale, than you’ve experienced a mighty harsh IBU. IBU stands for International Bitterness Units; it represents how bitter the beer is.

Now, as to the question about whether the graphic’s creator has an axe to grind when it comes to his hate for Corona Light. Does he? I would say no. The website he is associated with is a language one, so he’s not a competitor. Maybe he just really, really, really hates Coors Light. He wouldn’t be the first. Hell, the beer is so low-class it probably wouldn’t even attract many bids at a penny auction

Infographics Scorecard

Design: C+

What could have been a very strong concept unfortunately missed the mark. Lackluster colors and boorish design have derailed this graphic’s chance of getting a B- or higher.

Content: B-

Again, missed opportunities abound here. A real chance on the part of the writer to show outlandish or uncommon facts about beer. Instead the writer chose to play it safe and fill the graphic with run-of-the-mill info that a reader could find elsewhere.

Graphic courtesy of Pimsleur Approach.