UCI Health panel of experts to discuss advances in technology and medicine

Public invited to learn about technology’s impact on diagnosis, treatment and education

May 12, 2015

UCI Health invites the public to learn more about the impact of advanced technology on medicine, including diagnosis, treatment and education, on Monday, May 18 at 7 p.m. at the Newport Beach Public Library.

The distinguished panelists are Dr. Christian Fox, professor of emergency medicine and assistant dean of student affairs; Dr. Frank Hsu, chair and clinical professor, department of neurological surgery; Dr. Warren Wiechmann, assistant clinical professor of emergency medicine and associate dean of instructional technologies.

The presentation, entitled “Technology and medicine” will discuss how technological innovations in medicine continue to shape the way physicians diagnose and treat patients, as well how it is influencing the education of future doctors.

From compact ultrasound machines that can be used at the point of care, to minimally invasive surgical procedures that help unlock mysteries of the brain, technology is expanding the scope of diagnostic and treatment capabilities. The results are improved patient health outcomes and enhanced doctor-patient interactions.

“Some patients fear that technology is detracting from the doctor-patient relationship, when in fact it is opening up communication lines in a whole new way,” Wiechmann said. “We can share images and test results to help inform and educate our patients about their condition, bringing the doctor closer than ever to the bedside.”

The audience will have the opportunity to ask panelists questions following the presentation.      

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