It’s 2017, so I guess we shouldn’t be surprised at all the advancements that are underway. Whenever we think we are learning a technology, the most recent model appears.
As far as healthcare professionals are concerned, it is no different, we also have to get used to new technologies and the progress being made all the time. These technologies are implemented with the idea that they make life easier for health professionals.
Some of these technologies have proven to be beneficial for healthcare professionals and their patients. While other technologies are questionable as to whether they are beneficial or not. I will discuss three of these technologies and give my opinion on them.
The question I’m asking here is: do they really make life easier for healthcare professionals or do healthcare professionals spend more time learning how to use these technologies than caring for patients?
The first medical technology is electronic health records, also known as EHRs. This system allows all patient information to be added to a database and reviewed by healthcare professionals. Information added to this system includes:
Basic patient information
Laboratory and X-ray information and results
Notes on the patient’s visit
The advantages of this system include:
Keep it down to paper since all patient information is entered into this database instead of being written by hand.
Allows patients to view their records online through the Patient Portal.
Allows healthcare professionals to coordinate care by sending patient information to each other.
Saves the space needed to store paper medical records and allows that space to be better utilized.
Allows 24/7 access.
This saves time and money.
Some disadvantages of this system include:
Not all patients are tech savvy and will not benefit from this system.
As with all online systems, EHR systems are threatened by cyber hackers and malicious hackers. This means that additional diligence is required to prevent access to patient information by unauthorized users.
If the system is not updated regularly, it can cause problems in using the system.
If the Internet goes out in an installation, this system is useless.
In my opinion, I believe that this technology is beneficial for healthcare professionals, as well as for patients. It allows patients to be involved in their care by having access to their information instead of feeling in the dark and not knowing what is going on with their care.
This system also has many advantages for healthcare professionals. One of the most important aspects is that they have more time to communicate with their patients instead of spending a lot of time reviewing and mapping patient care. I also believe it avoids the clutter that can occur with paper records and reduces errors or mistakes by healthcare professionals.
The second medical technology is that of infusion pumps. Infusion pumps are used to deliver fluids, nutrients, and drugs to patients. This device helps deliver controlled amounts of fluids to the patient’s body.
Some of the specific uses of an infusion pump include the administration of:
IV fluids if a patient is dehydrated.
Insulin or other hormones.
Some specific advantages of these pumps include:
The can be set so that the patient gets only the amount of fluid, medication or nutrition they need.
They are easy to use.
They provide a wireless drug library and pump data.
Some disadvantages of these pumps include:
Updates and upgrades are insufficient.
Checking the dose based on weight only allows you to enter the maximum weight.
I think these infusion pumps are good for the patients. On the other hand, I think there are some improvements that need to be made to these pumps to reduce errors and offer more updates and upgrades.
The third medical technology is the Unique Device Identification Tracker, also known as UDI. This technology is implant and implantable device tracking software designed for use in the operating room. This device is internet based and is used to manage and track all implants.
Some specific implants tracked by this device include:
Any other type of implant
Some specific advantages of this device include:
It enables the integration of the hospital system, which improves the workflow.
Provides expiration date alerts, which improves patient safety and reduces waste.
Provides the regulatory status of the supplier, which allows you to view AATB, FDA, and state licenses.
Provides barcode and label reading to save time finding what you’re looking for and eliminate error-prone data entry.
Provides notifications on reminders.
Some disadvantages of this device include:
If a professional scans for the wrong item, it can lead to major problems.
Failure to provide proper training on this device by the facility using this system may result in major problems or misuse of this device.
I think this technology is very useful for healthcare professionals and their patients. This allows the healthcare professional to spend more time on patient care and less time on paperwork.
Which gives patients the feeling that they are a priority and that their medical teams really care. This device also improves patient safety as it helps ensure that all implants used meet all requirements for safe implantation.
So my overall analysis of medical technologies is that they are a good idea. They are beneficial to healthcare professionals as well as their patients as long as they are used correctly. I think these medical technologies help improve patient care and make the job of the healthcare professional easier.
Source by Makayla V Phillips