Technologyin Provision Health Care
Howcan technology aid in the provision of care?
Themanagement and administration of health care systems to ensure thatthe patients have an access to quality and adequate services is anuphill task. Studies in the recent past have revealed that there isan increased scarcity of quality health care services across theworld, especially the developing world. In the United States, theAmerican society is struggling with an ‘ailing’ health caresystem. Despite numerous changes in the recent past, including theaffordable care act introduced by President Obama’s administration,there are numerous political, social, economic and administrativeissues that derails the accessibility to quality health care. Theaging baby boomers generation is one of the most important factorsthat continue to affect the provision of quality health careservices. Relatively, the American society is aging. This means thatthere are increased cases of terminal diseases associated with oldage. These diseases require specialized nursing services (Mark &Mark, 2012). This will increase the demand of health care services.On the other hand, the aging baby boomers generation suggests thatmore health care workers are reaching retirement age amid increaseddemand for their services. Also, over the last few decades, the costof health care services and prescribed medicine has continued toincrease. The federal government has made numerous attempts toincrease the accessibility of health services among all American.However, it remains an important challenge. Arguable, emergingtechnologies that are applicable in the health care system could be asolution to some of the challenges or ease the burden on the healthcare workers and system (Mark & Mark, 2012).
Dueto the prevailing conditions in the health care system, there is aneminent shortage of nurses, physician and other medical workers. Forexample, it is estimated that there will be a short fall of about 0.8million nurses by 2020. Technological development in the provision ofhealth care can effectively mitigate some of the problems associatedwith shortage of staff against increased demand for their services.The automation of some of the basic tasks will give the health careworker more time to directly care for the patient. The increasedsafety of the patient and reduction of medical errors are also someof the benefits of medical technologies. The use of technology inthe health care system is not a new phenomenon. However, in therecent past, there has been an increased rate at which newtechnologies are developed and adopted in the health care system.Health care workers have an access to hardware and software that easetheir work and increase their effectiveness in the provisions ofhealth care services. In addition to increasing accessibility,technology has improved the quality of services (Thielst, 2007).
Dueto the urgent need to adopt as much technologies as possible in thehealth care system, the federal government introduced the ‘AmericanRecovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009’. The provisions of the actare economic stimulus to increase the use of information andcommunication technologies in the health care system. The law aimedat providing funds towards the adopting of electronic medical recordand electronic health record system by hospitals and physicians.Electronic medical record system is an electronic medical history ofpatients consolidated together. It is a digital version of the paperwork maintained by physicians and hospitals. There are numerousbenefits of electronic medical records. Based on the effects ofelectronic data in other sectors, such as business organization andsecurity, maintaining a digital version of the patient informationwill significantly lower the time used to retrieve medical data (Mark& Mark, 2012). This will enable the health care workers toconcentrate on their core duties rather than searching for medicalrecords. The technology will also increase the cost effectiveness ofthe health care facilities since it saves of space and manpowerrequired to maintain a paper based medical profile of all thepatients. The electronic medical record system will also increase thequality of health care services by aiding in the identification andmonitoring of patient with special needs. The records ease the accessto information about the preventive and screening visits schedulesand response of the patient to particular medication and health careinterventions. Electronic medical record increases the effectivenessof the health care system by making it easy to share patientinformation with other medical care providers and specialists. Whilethe electronic medical record contains information gather by thehealth facility about the client, electronic health record is a morecomprehensive system. Electronic health record software has beendeveloped to integrate medical record and ease sharing of patientsrecords between different providers (Mark & Mark, 2012).
Theaccessibility to health information is an important aspect of thehealth care system. Technological advancement has increased theaccessibility of health care information to the patients andinteractions between doctors and their clients. This has helpedindividuals and patients to adopt health lifestyles. Although theimpacts of this technological application are relatively new, it willin the future reduce the demand for health care services. Forexample, there are gadgets as well as mobile based software thatpromote healthy lifestyles, eating health foods and an active life.The technology is likely to revolutionize the health care industry byproviding access to information and reducing the number ofindividuals seeking one on one consultation with a doctor. Forexample, through technology, patients and doctors can connect easilyeliminating the need for expensive trips for an appointment with adoctor. Also, doctors are able to connect with other doctors andspecialists through computer and mobile applications. This enablesthem provide better and effective treatment to their patients. Today,there is a wide range of medical information available in theinternet. Which this is essential in equipping the patient with basicknowledge, it is more useful to medical care workers. As a result ofinternet based technologies, medical care workers have an easieraccess to emerging trends and new knowledge in medicine (Kowalski,2006).
Inconclusion, technology is the more fascinating thing in the moderntechnology. The world today would be unimaginable in the absence oftechnology. Technology influences all aspects f the modern life.There is no doubt that modern technology, both diagnostic and supporttechnologies, will solve some of the eminent problems in the healthcare system today. Technologies such as electronic medical record andease in access to medical information have increased theeffectiveness and efficiency of the health care system. Although itis at advanced stages, more need to be done in the adoption ofmedical technology. Technologies in medical systems will ease thedoctors work load, while increasing access and quality of the healthcare services.
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