What are various types, uses, and effects of technology across the healthcare industry, and what is the impact? A prestigious health care organization wants to develop a proposal to present to the...

What are various types, uses, and effects of technology across the healthcare industry, and what is the impact? A prestigious health care organization wants to develop a proposal to present to the board on "how the organization might adapt to the technology trend to improve the quality of healthcare delivered to the organization's members."

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M.P. Ossa eNotes educator| Certified Educator

By "organization members" you may be talking about stockholders-at-large and immediate participants within the organization. For this reason, the healthcare experience when it comes to technology needs to be universal and relevant enough to be used by everyone, or at least, to be recognized by everyone involved. In other words, technology cannot be exclusive, but inclusive. 

Some great new technology to be proposed at a healthcare level includes:

1. Cloud-based storage for millions of medical records with easy access to practitioners.

Rather than storing new client data into paper and pen folders, a specialized group should be able to scan the most significant information and enter it on a cloud-drive with its own access codes, depending on who is requesting the information. All access codes should be private, and nobody should have the same code. This will ease the access to information and will expedite diagnosis and treatment options. It will also help with prescriptions and drug interactions. In Emergency Rooms (ERs), a cloud-based storage that is of immediate access can make a difference between trying to figure out what is wrong with a patient and getting it right the first time. 

2. Cloud based access technology- If all practitioners in one healthcare environment carry with them the technology needed to access cloud-based storage data immediately, then it would be easier to prep for surgeries, acute care, and every other condition. When two practitioners, instead of one, have equal  access to data, things can happen quicker. While we proposed that no two practitioners have the same access codes, there should be parameters as to which information each is able to access.

3.Wireless monitoring of ICU and NICU units. If all personnel in a hospital had a wireless, real-life tracking device where they can check on patients from wherever they are, they would have a faster way to contact personnel that is closer to the patient, if needed.

4. Instant blood pathogen identifier- Hospitals decide which blood tests would be administered to ER cases, as well as typical hospital cases, not knowing if there are any known (or yet-to-be-known) pathogens that may risk the lives of those tending the patient, as well as the life of the patient, himself. Rather than offering a "rule-out" protocol for quarantine, there should be a way to administer blood tests that could immediately detect abnormal levels of any substance. 

5. Instant red flags- If there were a cloud-based access medical resource where red flags could be instantly identified a significant amount of time will be saved finding a treatment plan that works.

For example instant red-flags should pop up in a wireless device which can access cloud-based data regarding a patient if the latter has ever:

  • suffered any form of cancer
  • had any major surgeries
  • had an organ removed
  • been diagnosed with Hep C, HIV, or any potentially dangerous infectious disease
  • has had a history of hypertension, low blood pressure
  • has had diabetes
  • has been a smoker
  • has been treated for drug/alcohol addiction. 

As can be seen, it is easy to establish a good action plan for technology that could be easily available if the funds are properly allocated. Read on the article included and you will be amazed to see how much is actually available and has yet to be put into practice.