Can We Engineer Our Way To Good Health?
Engineering technologies contribute to our health. Purification of drinking water has been of great benefit to public health. Large-scale production of penicillin is another engineering triumph, which improved our health. Medical imaging technology has come a long way since the X-ray. Ultrasound and MRI’s are now commonplace. Can imaging technologies be used in new ways in our search for better health? Computer simulations promise greater understanding of physiologic processes in disease and health. Simulations require quantitative mathematical models of physiology. Digital wireless communications can be used to build a national medical database. The benefits of such a database are great. What challenges must be overcome to make this a reality? The more technology we introduce into health care, the more expensive it becomes. Can we make these technologies affordable?