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Get a Job in Health and Technology

10 OCT 2012
Career Path : Health and Technology

When you are sick, you call your doctor. Actually, you call your doctor’s receptionist, who sets up an appointment for you. At the appointment, your doctor may give you a slip for a lab test, an ultrasound or an X-ray. They may refer you to a specialist. Although your doctor is at the helm, your care is clearly provided by a team, whose members boast a wide range of healthcare training, including training in health and technology.

Here are some health courses to consider if you are interested in a technology-based healthcare career.

Electrocardiography

One type of healthcare training that involves technology is learning how to administer electrocardiography (ECG), a noninvasive test used to measure the activity of the heart. In health courses, ECG technicians learn how to use this technology to assess certain parts of the heart for damage.

One can easily imagine how many cardiac patients must feel grateful that this kind of healthcare training exists!

Ultrasound

The decisions that doctors make are often based on such diagnostic imaging tests as ultrasounds. These tests are performed by graduates of health and technology courses.

Ultrasound is a sound or wave that exerts pressure on the body to produce images of what is going on within. Ultrasound has a wide range of diagnostic uses, including in prenatal and cardiac care. Graduates of this kind of healthcare training can find employment in a wide range of environments, including public and private clinics.

Pacemaker assessments

Patients with pacemakers are well positioned to appreciate the important link between health and technology. And, as such, they are dependent on the training of graduates of health courses, who are able to analyze the performance of their pacemakers and detect any malfunction as early as possible.

Radiation therapy technology

One of our best weapons in the fight against cancer is radiation therapy. Technicians learn in health courses how to operate the equipment that administers cancer-fighting radiation treatments to patients. One important aspect of this healthcare training is learning how to properly protect oneself and others from hazardous materials.

Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring

Your doctor or nurse can take your blood pressure in their office, but, due to patient anxiety, these levels are sometimes not considered trustworthy. In cardiac technology health courses, aspiring technicians learn how to equip patients with a blood pressure monitoring system that can take their blood pressure outside of the clinic, and, in some cases, without them necessarily being aware of it.

Whether an ECG, an ultrasound, a pacemaker, radiation therapy or out-of-office blood pressure monitoring, health and technology have become inextricably linked, suggesting that students who undertake technology-based health courses may have bright futures indeed, with many opportunities to help people.

Visit Mohawk College for more information on health and technology.