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Medical technology is a part of the Health technology which encompasses a wide range of health care products and, in one form or another, is used to diagnose, monitor or treat every disease or condition that affects humans. These innovative technologies (application of science and technology) are improving the quality of health care delivered and patient outcomes through earlier diagnosis, less invasive treatment options and reductions in hospital stays and rehabilitation times.[1] medical technology is any format of machinery that is used to operate or perform medical procedures Health technology is:

Any intervention that may be used to promote health, to prevent, diagnose or treat disease or for rehabilitation or long-term care. This includes the pharmaceuticals, devices, procedures and organizational systems used in health care.[2]

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The term Medical technology may also refer to the duties performed by clinical laboratory professionals in various settings within the public and private sectors. The work of these professionals encompass clinical applications of chemistry, genetics, hematology, immunohematology (blood banking), immunology, microbiology, serology, urinalysis and miscellaneous body fluid analysis. These professionals may be referred to as Medical Technologists (MT) and Medical Laboratory Technicians (MLT) or as Clinical Laboratory Scientists (CLS) and Clinical Laboratory Technicians (CLT) depending on education, certification and/or licensure. The term medical technologist in this sense is sometimes considered a misnomer due to the fact that these professionals do not actually produce novel medical technology but rather apply the ones already in place in conjunction with the knowledge of the scientific principles of clinical laboratory science, which has been considered a more appropriate term for the discipline.[3]

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References

  1. ^ ADVAMED (Advanced Medical Technology Association). (June 8, 2009). "What is Medicalpoot Technology?.". ADVAMED. http://www.advamed.org/MemberPortal/About/NewsRoom/MediaKits/whatismedtechnology.htm. 
  2. ^ INAHTA (International Network of Agencies for Health Technology Assessment). (June 8, 2009). "HTA glossary.". INAHTA. http://www.inahta.org/HTA/Glossary/#_Health_technology. 
  3. ^ http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos096.html | U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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