Medical treatments and the use of medicaltechnology today have made astonishing advances over the years. Hospitalmedical errors are the “third leading cause of death in the United States”(Shanafelt, T.
, 2017). The amount of money that the U.S government spending toinvest in technology continues to grow.
Despite the enormous investment ininnovation, we cannot deny the benefits of technology in healthcare. Technology in health care has becomeincreasingly complex and transforming the way nurses and health care providersprovide treatments for patients. One of the most highly advanced devices is theuse of communication between technology and healthcare practitioners. Theimpact of technology on healthcare have dramatically improved patientwell-being.
Among the advantages of technology in healthcare, there is areduced number of death cases, treatment of recovery time have been reducedsignificantly. Emerging technologies have positively impact the practice ofnursing. The advanced technologies have created less invasive and more accuratetools for treatments, hence, lower patient risk and cost.
To optimally “technology is designed to minimize errors and buffer the consequences of errorsby (1) eliminating errors and adverse events ; (2) reducing the occurrence oferrors/ adverse events; (3) detecting errors early, (4) mitigating the effectsof errors after they occur to minimize injury” (Gail, P., 2008). Technologydecreases risk to the patient and reduces number of harms. One of the reasons why I choose to focus on theissue of technology in healthcare because I will encounter an evolving trend oftechnologies as a future nurse. It would be beneficial for me to learn moreabout technologies so that I can provide my patients the best possible care.
Iwould also want to learn more about the benefits of technologies related tohealthcare so that I would know which devices to implement. Moreover, I caneducate my patients to use some of these advanced devices to save more time andbe more efficient. I believe with the advaned technologies, people can now keeptrack of their overal health to prevent illnesses and diseases like diabetes orcardiac diseases. Nowadays, I personally use my phone to keep track of myhealth by recording my fitness routine and daily food intake.It is beneficial for local governments tocontinue funding for medical technologies.
There are substantial inwardinvestments in the field of healthcare technology that not only help innovationbut also provide a number of high-quality jobs. For instance, healthcarefacilities now hire surgical technologists, EEG/ EKG technologists, and MRItechnologists. Nurses educators could advance “the role of nurses in the use oftechnology by including human factors engineers into nursing science andcomputer science to manage and communicate data” (Cassano C., n.d). This typeof technology allows patients to interact with healthcare providers and theyare able to schedule online appointments with each other. The vital element ofhealthcare information is chart and documentation.
Patient documentation is away for nurses to communicate the patient’s condition to their doctors.Moreover, electronic documentation help assembles information about thepatient’s needs and enhance accuracy. In addition, the electronic documentationhas evolved to provide a plan of care for patients and direct patient careprocessesInvestment in research and innovation iscritical to advance medical progress. Ultimately, local governments shouldprovide more funds for healthcare technology investments. The advancedtechnology can result in more convenient, more effective, and less expensivetreatments. Normally, patients will have to wait and schedule appointments tosee their physicians or receive treatments. However, if the governments investmore funds in research and development, patients can save a trip from travelingfrom one facility to another for treatment, they can receive treatments at homeespecially those patients that have chronic diseases. Nowadays, there arenumerous of health apps that you can use to detect any potential illnesses, forexample, you can use an app to take a picture of a mole and it will detectwhether you are at risk for cancer.
According to JMIR article, “the usage ofhealth apps among health care professionals, patients and gener public and appscan play a role in patient education, disease self-management, remotemonitoring of patients, and collection of dietary data” (Carroll, J.K., 2017). Therefore,federal authorities should support research and development designed to improvehealth care quality and efficiency. Before extensive application of technology,nurses relied heavily on their basic knowledge of healthcare and their sensesto monitor patient status. Nowadays, technology is now designed to detectphysical changes in patient conditions.
Pulse oximetry, blood pressure, andvital signs can now easily detect any changes. Moreover, one of the highlycomplex devices bars coding medication administration. The implementation of acomputerized provider order entry system (CPOE) is believed to reducemedication errors. In addition, patients are now required to wear anidentification armband in which allow the process of giving medications more atease because it will be unlikely for nurses to administer medications to awrong patient. Medication errors are common and very harmful to patients.Electronic entry of medications orders may reduce errors from poor handwritingor incorrect transcription. Many hospitals and nursing facilities have adoptedCPOE, it is estimated that “17.4 million medication errors per year avoided dueto CPOE – a 12.
5% reduction nationally” (Radley, D.C, et.al, 2013).
Thisinnovative automated system improves nursing productivity and enhances patientsafety. Theuse of technology is the current trend in healthcare and it will continue toplay a major role for years to come. Today, patients benefit from many forms ofeducation, and with technologies, they can easily search up the diseases toknow more about it.
The nurse’s ultimate goal through the use of informationtechnology is patient education and patients are educated with the help oftechnology.