Description of General Healthcare Technology Trends
Numerous technological advancements in the 21st century aim to entirely transform the nature of care. Electronic health records, artificial intelligence, and telemedicine technology like biosensor tools are among the biggest trends in healthcare. Cowie et al. claim that (2017) electronic health records are digital versions of patient charts that instantly make information about patients, including their treatment and medical history, available to authorized users. These electronic health records assist healthcare providers in sharing patient information and coordinating patient improvement (Barak-Corren et al., 2017). Most healthcare organizations are currently using EHRs, and many have a system that lets patients view their records online. Patients can view their records, schedule appointments, and even send messages to their healthcare providers through my HealtheVet at the facility where I work.
While electronic health records facilitate the immediate dissemination of patient information to authorized users, there is a risk that the data will be insecure and end up with the wrong users or users. When some patients are too ill, it can be difficult for them to exercise control over their information once it is entered into a database. Teaching hospitals have much research that uses patient data, and sometimes they need permission to use this data (Rao-Gupta et al., 2017). One threat that puts this technology’s use in the healthcare system at risk is this. However, my HealtheVet has some difficulties. One main issue is that not all people have internet access. The fact that only some people are tech-savvy presents another obstacle. According to Faverio (2022), approximately 75% of people aged 65 and up use the internet. That leaves ¼ of the more established populace incapable or experiencing difficulties with utilizing my healthevet app. According to many doctors, patients should not be able to access their records. According to D’Costa et al. (2020), doctors worry that allowing patients access to their records could cause unnecessary stress or overwhelm them. My heatheVet also has some advantages. Patients frequently become overwhelmed when all the information is presented to patients at once upon discharge. However, once they are discharged, they can read the information in their records, gain a better understanding of it, and think more clearly. Patients can view their records, schedule appointments, and communicate with their providers using this app. They can still send a message to the provider, who will respond when they return to work, or they can schedule an appointment online.
In terms of patient care, data security, and legislation, the ease with which information from a system can be tracked is one potential advantage of using electronic health records; this indicates that it would be difficult for anyone to misuse the data (Skiba, 2017). It may be challenging to coordinate the system with things that require the conscious consent of the individuals, such as consent for health procedures, in some cases, such as patients who are too ill; this poses a risk for the same. When accessing information online, there is always a possibility of harm. In the healthcare industry, security breaches occur frequently. Over 2100 security breaches have occurred since 2009, costing over $6 trillion, according to Georgiev (2022). The information and money involved here is staggering. The patients’ inability to comprehend the information in their charts poses another threat to patient care. They might become frightened or anxious about something they read due to this. Concerning legislation-related risks, EHR-associated malpractice is a risk. According to D’Amore (n.d.), from 2007 to 2010, there were only two cases of malpractice involving EHRs, but from 2014 to 2016, there were 66 cases.
Telehealth technology is a promising technology that will lead us into the future when I look at the current trends in healthcare. Since the coronavirus outbreak, telehealth has grown in popularity. This system can make it possible for people who cannot leave their homes alone or have difficulty living to see a doctor. With telehealth and all the devices that patients can now use at home to send data to their doctor’s office, the doctor can monitor the patient’s vitals and weight and even listen to their lungs and hearts from the comfort of their home. The provider will be able to receive more information via electronic means as further advancements in this field occur. Requiring people to visit their doctor regularly, even when they cannot leave their homes, will also improve patient care (Gajarawala, 2022).
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HEALTHCARE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY TRENDS
- Reflect on the Resources related to digital information tools and technologies.
- Consider your healthcare organization’s use of healthcare technologies to manage and distribute information.
- Reflect on current and potential future trends, such as use of social media and mobile applications/telehealth, Internet of Things (IoT)-enabled asset tracking, or expert systems/artificial intelligence, and how they may impact nursing practice and healthcare delivery.
BY DAY 3 OF WEEK 6
Post a brief description of general healthcare technology trends, particularly related to data/information you have observed in use in your healthcare organization or nursing practice. Describe any potential challenges or risks that may be inherent in the technologies associated with these trends you described. Then, describe at least one potential benefit and one potential risk associated with data safety, legislation, and patient care for the technologies you described. Next, explain which healthcare technology trends you believe are most promising for impacting healthcare technology in nursing practice and explain why. Describe whether this promise will contribute to improvements in patient care outcomes, efficiencies, or data management. Be specific and provide examples.
BY DAY 6 OF WEEK 6
Respond to at least two of your colleagues* on two different days, offering additional/alternative ideas regarding opportunities and risks related to the observations shared.