We live in a society where technology is constantly evolving, and every new smartphone application is making life just a little easier. But the impact that technology has on our lives isn’t just a social phenomenon, it is affecting the health care industry as well. Here are three tech products that are changing the face of the healthcare industry: In the United States, there are over 47 million people whose primary language is one other than English. However, the use of translators and medical assistants to communicate with patients can be costly for healthcare facilities. To reduce any potential language barrier between a healthcare provider and his or her patient, Applications Technology (AppTek) acquired and further developed Omnifluent, a translation program designed with automatic speech recognition technology. With this product, a physician is able to speak into the app, ask the patient a question, and have the message instantly translated into the designated language of choice. Not only can you connect with old friends from high school with the click of a mouse, but now physicians are able to connect with one another on their very own social networking platform designed specifically for healthcare providers. Doximity is an online physician network with over 400,000 verified physician members. Through the use of Doximity, physicians across the U.S. can collaborate online on different types of cases with relevant specialists who can assist them in finding quicker and more efficient treatment for patients. With every connection made on Doximity, more lives can be saved. Population health is becoming an ever increasing concern, with preventative healthcare gaining traction as a way to address many of today’s chronic illnesses. Whether a person is retired, working, or going to school, it can be difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Fortunately, there’s a smartphone app for everything, including apps that can keep a person healthy while on the move. Fitbit is a wireless device that has a pedometer that can track daily activity as well as sleep patterns. Fitbit can be seen as a personal trainer without the fee. By constructing a personalized profile, Fitbit is able to better assist individuals in improving health, keeping track of food intake, measuring and motivating custom exercise routines, and helping understand and cultivate better sleep patterns. Technology is constantly changing, for better or for worse. But when it comes to the healthcare industry, it is definitely changing for the better. From applications designed to improve health to the opportunities physicians have to better communicate and treat their patients, technology is contagious and the healthcare industry is taking full advantage.