Tech Advances in Public Health

Many public health professionals call John Snow the father of public health. In 1854, he traced the source of a cholera outbreak in London to a specific public water pump in the city, persuading the local council to shut down the pump and allow the outbreak to subside. He made his discovery using a dot map and some reasoning skills, and published his findings in an essay.

Since then, the field of public health has boomed. Public health professionals can reach more people more effectively now than ever before. That’s due in part to better scientific understanding, but also to technological advances. Battery-operated devices and electronic systems are just some of the advancements that improve people’s lives.

Electronic Reporting Systems

The internet and developments in software have made electronic reporting systems integral parts of the public health system. FoodSafety.gov, for example, is a federal system aimed at preventing food poisoning. Consumers can go to the website to find out how to contact their local officials if they believe that they have been poisoned. This makes it easier to track and manage foodborne illness. Consumers can also use FoodSafety.gov to stay updated on food recalls and other warnings.

Generators to Power Medical Equipment

A major function of the public health system is to prepare for emergencies, whether through emergency alert systems or plans for relief. Emergency planning includes preparation for power outages to avoid interruptions in patient treatment. For example, life support systems and computers used to guide laparoscopic surgeries need power to operate.

Solar generators and diesel-fueled generators can provide backup power, and technological advancements have made them more usable and effective. Batteries with longer lives and replacement batteries have also led to better protection against power outages from earthquakes and strong storms.

Battery-Operated Home Glucose Meters

Public health is focused on prevention, and taking regular blood sugar measurements is one of the first lines of defense to prevent complications from diabetes. Nearly 30 million Americans have diabetes, and it is the seventh-leading cause of death in the U.S.

Portable glucose meters that patients can use at home make it easier to monitor blood sugar levels and make proper adjustments to diet and medication. Since they can give inaccurate readings when underpowered, patients should keep replacement batteries on hand. Examples of models for which Batteryheads stocks replacement batteries include the following.


Cardiac Devices

As the leading cause of death in the U.S., heart disease is a true public health threat, but monitoring devices have come a long way.

  • -Smartphones can become heart rate monitors
  • -Blood pressure machines can help patients take care of their own health
  • -Battery-operated EKG systems can detect early signs of heart trouble
  • -Defibrillators with replacement batteries let emergency responders resuscitate patients in any setting

Public health professionals aim to do the most good for the most people, and technology has certainly helped make progress in this area. Electronic and battery-operated devices enable better tracking and improved care in all kinds of settings. Batteryheads is very familiar with the many tools of the public health trade. Take a look at our medical battery catalog for yourself, and see just how extensive our knowledge really is!

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