How Technology Can Improve The Delivery And Efficiency Of Healthcare

986 WordsNov 5, 20144 Pages
Technology in/and Health Services. Proposed Topic: The use of technology will improve the delivery and efficiency of healthcare. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines health technology as the application of organized knowledge and skills in the form of devices, medicines, vaccines, procedures, and systems developed to solve a health problem and improve quality of lives (Technology, Health, 2014). In June 2008, the idea of technology and health did not go together and persons were not sure if this would or could work. While some healthcare institutions employed the use of the computer for nursing documentation, however, the more complex ordering remained on paper. These included orders for procedures, prescriptions, and referrals. This resulted in the patient 's chart being in two parts, part paper, and part electronic. Technology has enabled health care providers to communicate and treat patients more efficiently. Technology has greatly reduced the risk of lost files, as the patients ' information is now stored and backup on a server. This also reduces the risk of transcriber error. Technology reduced the need for handwritten prescriptions, thus reducing the risk of dispensing errors. Bates and Gawande, in their article, Improving Safety with Information Technology, notes that medication interactions are now accurately check by computers, thus saving patients from potentially harmful interactions. In the past nurses were requires to calculate infusion rates
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