When it comes to the health of its people, the US seems to be taking the latest technology very seriously.
But what do we actually know about how we’re getting better?
In this special episode of Al Jazeera’s Technology, Health and Society, Al Jazeera explores how technology is being used to deliver new medicines and treatments.
First, we hear from Professor Stephen Barrett, a former president of the World Health Organisation and former chief scientific adviser to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
He’s a pioneer in the use of new technology in health care and a key player in the field of bio-immunology.
He explains how technology can make health care more affordable, effective and accessible.
He says that it will be used in ways that no-one could have predicted 20 years ago, with a huge impact on people’s lives.
Next, we speak to Dr Michael Beilinson, who is leading the development of a novel way of delivering medicines to patients, which will help to make it more cost-effective and less invasive.
He describes a novel technology that can use bacteria and viral vectors to deliver drugs in the lab without the need for intravenous access.
The results of these tests could lead to a way of treating more serious diseases, including cancer, which have been resistant to traditional drugs.
We also hear from the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), Dr Anthony Fauci, who describes how his team has already created a drug for the severe respiratory disease pneumonia, which has previously been treated by traditional antibiotics.
It is the first drug for this condition, and it could lead the way to the development and use of other drugs in this field.
Finally, we take a look at how the health care industry is working to make use of all these technologies, from the development, testing and clinical trials of new treatments to the licensing of existing drugs and products.
It’s not just the US that is using this technology; in Africa, the region is seeing the same impact.
As we hear, many countries are working on developing their own health systems using new technologies.
And it’s not only Africa that is moving to new medical technologies, with the EU, France and Germany all moving towards bio-techs.
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