Healthcare and the Use of Modern Technology

In today’s time, doctors, nurses, hospitals and other public health officials are encouraging all patients to track their medical data by the use of modern technology. It is not a surprise that technology is one of the best tools to prevent diseases and other chronic illnesses. Medical professionals are very eager to know if patients can manage their health all by their selves by using all available modern devices and data.

In most advanced countries such as in the United States, their government is promoting online health programs which allow Americans to access their own medical records. These programs can be used by citizens to help them manage their health. Physicians and other health professionals can also use the online program to locate and connect with their patients. They can easily interact and give health advices to patients thru live chat and e-mails.

Fortunately, there are a lot of mobile applications related to health. These applications have the ability to help physicians closely monitor the health progress of their patients since there are portions in the application wherein patients can encode their daily meal intake and exercise being done.

Modern technology can also lessen healthcare costs. Recent studies show that patients who are using technology related to health have lessen their healthcare costs and have shown better and improved health. Most facts, blog articles and other data from online health programs and applications are well-researched and true. It can help patients with everything such as identifying correct drugs for certain minor diseases.

However, there can be instances wherein some mobile applications are not authentic. That is why health organizations around the world have warned patients to be extra careful in using applications and data since some of them don’t provide appropriate health facts and data.

Before using all modern devices and gadgets, it is better to visit and consult a healthcare provider personally. By doing it, physicians have the chance to assess patients internally and physically.

Nursing Education to Meet Health Care Needs

The changes proposed by health care reform have the potential to significantly alter the surroundings in which the medical staff and other medical professionals will practice. The emerging emphasis on primary care, transition care, and accountable care organizations underscores a fundamental shift in how the US wellness care delivery program is envisioned to function later on. This upcoming wellness care atmosphere is very different from the one that many of us in academia currently prepare our learners to exercise in, i.e., an atmosphere that has been predominately focused on preparing learners for practice in the acute care setting. The IOM’s Future for Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health (2011) clearly identifies changes that need to occur in nursing education and learning if we hope to prepare the nurses with the competencies and skills required to practice in a redesigned wellness care program.

nursing_educationWhat is the part of nursing education and learning in realizing a transformed wellness care system? The part can be a significant one, but only if we are willing to re-examine our current nursing education and learning designs. To produce the nurses prepared to practice in reformed wellness care environments, we can no longer educate our future nurses using the traditional academic methods that we have long embraced.

There exists no substantive proof to suggest that our traditional means of clinical education and learning in nursing and other wellness professions are particularly effective in creating clinical reasoning, so it is an opportune time to pay attention to our academic methods and create new learning paradigms that are grounded in proof. I believe we need to focus on four priority areas in order to achieve meaningful transformation in our nursing education and learning models: building faculty capacity; designing new structures of clinical education; creating innovative designs of academic/practice collaboration; and advancing the science of nursing education and learning through research.