There is no denying that technology is becoming the forefront of everything. With almost everyone owning at least one device, whether this be a laptop, computer, smartphone, tablet or smartwatch, times are changing.
Technology can be a very good thing for healthcare providers and it has the power to give doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals the chance to have all patient data in the click of a button. Some people are worried about having their personal information stored on a computer though, but soon all healthcare will be paperless. Can technology improve patient care? Here, we delve deeper.
Technology Keeps Healthcare Professionals Informed
These days, doctors do not need to rely on paper to find out what is going on with a patient. This can make it much simpler to go from one healthcare provider to the next, without having to wait for paper records to follow. You can see two professionals in two different clinics on the same day, and they can easily be up to speed with what is going on with your health. This allows informed decisions to be made, therefore improving patient care.
With the use of healthcare information technology such as barcode scanners, there will be no room for human error. With medication errors being one of the biggest issues within healthcare due to staffing problems and overtired staff, scanning barcodes can help omit errors, simply with the use of a smartphone. These work by scanning both the patient’s wristband and the medication before administration. This also makes it simpler for the lab when sending off blood and other samples with a patient’s barcode.
Patients and Healthcare Providers are Still Worried About Using Technology
Despite amazing technological advances, many are still unsure about the use of technology within a healthcare setting. Especially for the older generation who were not brought up with technology, it can be hard for them to adapt to using technology to book appointments or to use an automated check-in service instead of speaking to a receptionist.
If this technology was to fail, there would be no paper records to find out any information about a patient. With the NHS being hacked in the UK in 2017, we know only too well that cyber-attacks on healthcare providers can happen, and this can leave patients worried where their confidential information may end up.
Technology Is Bettering Patient Care
All in all, technology has brought modern medicine a long way and will continue to do so. Without technology we wouldn’t be able to treat many of the illnesses we can now. It also provides healthcare professionals with a way of quickly storing and recording information, meaning all relevant information can easily be accessed.
3D printing is often used to make customized hearing aids, virtual reality can assist with patients who are suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder and augmented reality can be used in major surgeries.
Although technology has its faults, so does paper. As healthcare providers continue to strive to improve patient care, technology will be seen in the clinical setting more and more.