The Problems Of Technology In The Nursing Workplace

Technology has been shaping the medical world as of late. Advances in medicine, surgery, and nursing have helped improved patients and more importantly, saved more lives. However, technology itself has provided itself with problems too. As always, when something new and good comes up, something new and bad appears too.

Electronic Health Records

Electronic health records are slowly taking charge into the world of health informatics. With mobile devices becoming more and more popular each day, it is only common sense to have information as mobile as possible too. With that come several advantages:

  • Less paperwork, less bureaucracy, and less redundancy occurs with the data
  • In the long run, costs are less as paper and ink is no longer part of the budget
  • There is an increased efficiency with the health care team as they have the information with them whenever, wherever

 But again, with these advantages also come some problems with electronic health records.

  • The issue of patient privacy and security of the data; that though can be remedied with passwords and levels of allowable access
  • Patient identification may also become an issue; that also is easily remedied by unique ID numbers or bar codes to identify patients
  • The need to employ medical transcriptionists to digitize old records
  • Compatibility of systems is actually the biggest concern as companies have different systems in use and upgrades to another company may pose a problem

Remote Healthcare Or Telemedicine

Technology In The Nursing WorkplaceCompanies such as Philips Medical are slowly advocating the use of telemedicine. This is the application of diagnostics and care at a distance. A nurse perhaps may hook the patient up to several monitoring devices and closely watch that patient at the station. Or the emergency team may receive information ahead of time for patient soon to arrive in the ER for them to prepare the appropriate medications and equipment. With WiFi and 3G spearheading the transfer of information from faraway places, the future may soon become a reality where doctors and nurses sit in the hospital while caring for patients at their homes.

Aggregate Public Health

This component of health care technology goes hand-in-hand with electronic health records. As records are slowly digitized, public health specialists have access to hoards of data for use in research. Moreover, electronic records provide epidemiologists a distinct advantage, quick access to records to isolate the cause of a specific outbreak.

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