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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

Dementia Facts Infographic

Dementia Facts Infographic


This infographic is about dementia, a terrible and destructive illness that no only obliterates the mind of the person who has it, but devastates the family as well.  The infographic is geared toward the UK, and only shows information about dementia in the UK, but it’s really bad here, too.  I won’t go into stories, but I know we all have some.  Let’s look at the facts.

The Numbers

In the UK, over 750,000 people have dementia, and 16,000 of them are younger people.  I don’t know right off how they classify “younger people” but I’m assuming it’s explained further down in the infographic.  They extrapolate on that 750,000 number, stating that 1 in 82 of the UK population has dementia.  They say that there will be 1 million people with dementia by the year 2025.

The Demographics

We’re told that 2/3 of people with dementia in the UK are women, and 2/3 of the population of total people with dementia live out in the community, rather than in care homes like the other 1/3.  Additionally, 1/3 of all people in the UK over the age of 95 have dementia.  I suppose that number above that states that by 2025 cases of dementia will increase to 1 million probably accounts for the amount of people who will be 95 or older by then, among other things.

The Money

Dementia costs the UK 20 billion pounds each year, while the presence of family care workers saves the UK about 6 billion pounds per year.  That shows that the cost of dementia is devastating to the UK.


60,000 deaths per year in the UK are because of dementia.  If there were some way to delay the onset of dementia by 5 years, the annual death rate would drop to 30,000.  I don’t really know how they came up with that number – and it seems to me that either way you look at it, delayed 5 years or not, the amount of deaths caused by dementia would be the same, they’d just be spaced out a bit.

Design:  C-

The sketches are meant to humanize the disease, I suppose, and I guess it would be hard to put actual sketches of people with dementia on this, but the sketches don’t work for me.  Nor does the big scale graphic in the middle.  I do like the blue color, and I like the background that looks like wallpaper in my granny’s house.

Information:  C

While there is some useful and informative information in this infographic, I feel that the numbers could have been quantified more, and that more information could have been provided.  For instance, how would they go about preventing the onset of dementia?  And what about the “younger people” who suffer from the disease?  That’s never addressed.  The pie chart shows the lowest age range of 70-74, so I guess that’s the younger group, but I wish it had been more explicitly explained.

This is, however, the designer’s second attempt at an infographic, so I’m giving him average scores because he’s just starting out.

Source:  UK nursing homes and care homes