Throughout history, technological advancements have appeared for one purpose before finding applications elsewhere that lead to spikes in its usage and development. The internet, for example, was originally developed to share research before becoming a staple of work and entertainment. But technology—new and repurposed—will undoubtedly continue to be a driver of healthcare information. Informaticists often stay tuned to trends to monitor what the next new technology will be or how the next new idea for applying existing technology can benefit outcomes.
In this Discussion, you will reflect on your healthcare organization’s use of technology and offer a technology trend you observe in your environment.
· 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.
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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.
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Nursing informatics and healthcare technology use have continually been recognized as essential elements of medical practice. According to McGonigle & Mastrian (2022), nursing informatics typically entails incorporating nursing information or data and the practice’s knowledge to manage healthcare information. In particular, the practice is founded on extensive use of healthcare technology to improve health outcomes by increasing patient care quality and safety. Over the years, numerous healthcare centers in the United States have adopted different healthcare technology trends to improve their overall patient outcomes. Therefore, the post discusses one of the general medical technology trends utilized in my organization, including possible risks or challenges and benefits of using the trend.
The covid-19 pandemic’s onset set forth a vast utilization of telehealth in my organization. Essentially, the healthcare technology trend involves using devices such as smartphones, tablets, computers, and laptops to organize and continually administer patient care services, primarily to home and remote-based patients. In most circumstances, when a caregiver reported for their shift, they would be given a wearable smartphone which they would bring along throughout their shift, enabling constant communication with other healthcare professionals, especially between physicians and nurses, and with patients in remote regions or at home. Dykes et al. (2017) describe how technology facilitates engagement communication, primarily with patients, resulting in patient safety because the healthcare practitioner can quickly respond to any health crisis. Consequently, telehealth in my organization displayed an increment of patient safety evidenced by less readmission and heightened patient satisfaction rates.
Nevertheless, telehealth utilization is often faced with several challenges. A leading obstacle is the minimal awareness of privacy and security issues affiliated with technology devices used by many nurses and physicians. These devices are normally vulnerable to cyberattacks and data breaches if one does not comply with the required governance for promoting cyber security. Subsequently, data breaches contribute to the potential leak of patient information to a third party, leading to legislative ramifications due to loss of patient’s confidentiality and privacy rights; likewise, cyberattacks derail patient care provision, resulting in low-quality medical care. Despite these risks, numerous benefits are associated with telehealth use, such as promoting data safety through electronic storage of medical information and safeguarding it from errors that often arise from paper use. Most importantly, fewer medical error incidences lessen adverse legislative consequences that arise from the issue while promoting high-quality patient care.
On the other hand, multiple healthcare technology trends attribute to advantageous impacts on nursing practice. An excellent example is EHR (electronic health records); the trend refers to a systematized system of electronically collecting and storing population and patient medical data (HealthIT.gov, 2018). The recording system frequently encompasses different documents, including medications, diagnoses, progress reports, billing information, and demographic data. Knowledge about these pieces of information facilitates a more interactive environment, especially between nurses and physicians. (Rao-Gupta et al., 2018). Consequently, using EHRs contributes to effective data management by opening up communication channels and promoting interprofessional collaboration, leading to better patient outcomes through care and high-quality care.
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A healthcare technology trend I have observed in my nursing practice is the use of secure chats to healthcare providers in the inpatient setting. I have used secure chats that are accessible through the Electronic Medical Record (EMR) that allows healthcare professionals contact one other via messaging. Currently, my organization uses a cell phone that is specific to each unit. Our charge nurse is able to text or call physicians through this cell phone. This trend has made contacting a physician much easier, but there are many potential risks. Some risks may include miscommunication, overuse of this trend, potential poor connection issues, and breach of patient privacy.
A potential benefit associated with data safety, legislation, patient care is that these chats allow nurses to contact physicians quickly. If there is an emergency, we can easy call the physician. Or if something needs brought to their attention, but is not an emergency, we can secure chat them. This would limit interruptions to the physician. A risk is unintended disclosure of a patient’s private health information, specifically by the use of a cell phone. There are many safety requirements that need to be followed when using devices that allow secure messaging, HIPPA analysis teams within organizations must ensure they are in compliance (Liu et., 2019).
A technology trend that I believe has the most potential to impact healthcare is Telehealth. Telehealth has the potential to improve patient outcomes, make care more efficient and impact data management. A driving factor for telehealth implementation is to increase access to healthcare. Telehealth can allow patients to have access to the best doctors and care teams despite their location or where the provider practices (Pearl & Wayling, 2022). Since the pandemic, the use of telehealth has grown. Patients feel safer in their own homes and still receive the care they need. By reducing face to face interaction, the provider can be more productive to collect more information and it is more convenient for the patient (McGonigle & Mastrian, 2021).
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