Unfortunately, along with the good must come the bad. For every positive aspect of smartphones and social media in healthcare related settings, there is an equally negative aspect. One pitfall of smartphones in healthcare is directly related to one of the positive aspects of smartphones: the availability of medical
Since the technological phenomenon towards the end of the 20th century, text messaging has been widely used by cellphone users, specifically teenagers, in order to get their conversations across easier and quicker in a very convenient way. In the modern technology world, people have become so accustomed to the idea of
This reading discusses the use of wireless alerts pagers in a Surgical Intensive Care Unit and how it affects both work practices and information flows through a qualitative study. From the research that exists, we can see that pagers are successful communication tools because of the mobility and immediacy they provide. Interviews were completed with physicians and pharmacist who used the pagers and nurses who did not use the pager about how it impacted their work. In addition to collecting data this way, the researchers also compiled observational data from watching the device be used in regular practice. The study noted that
Using texting as a quicker and more efficient form of communication takes the emotional connection out of the equation. It allows us to not be physically near the recipient or to take responsibility for miscommunications that lead to hurt feelings. While texting, students do not need to make eye contact with their recipient or learn to read their body language. In addition, there is no need to learn the art of persuasive argument or exchanging and building on ideas. This is not only harming students in the classroom, but can have negative effects when entering the workforce. After leaving college, students hope to land a job in their field of expertise. In the workforce, teams are a diverse collection of persons – all ages and different cultures. Texting may be acceptable in some situations, but there is still a great need for face to face interactions. We learn how to become more comfortable meeting new people and interviewing for jobs. There is nothing wrong the light banter between friends that texting can provide, but the conversation is not necessarily deep.
The healthcare industry is starving for a simple and reliable means of communication. Caregivers continue to struggle to reach each other on a daily basis, despite the abundance of technology available today. A communication strategy adopted by many healthcare organizations is to utilize mobile devices. The use of personal mobile devices today are remarkably high. Most of the population uses a cell phone. The challenge is how to transition caregivers to use mobile devices as an effective and reliable means of communication. These complexities involved in health care communication protocols are overwhelming and require careful consideration to develop an effective solution. Detailed planning must be exercised to ensure a quality product is provided
Along with many roles being played in the community, there are certain tasks that need to be performed while playing those specific roles listed in the previous paragraph. With the tasks performed, texts are used to benefit the community and function smoothly. When nurses are providing direct patient care, they often observe, assess and record vital health information either onto charts or into a computer database for easier and faster access (Sharon ¶2). Maintaining accurate, detailed reports, records of the patients medical information, and the changing of their conditions are very important texts required in the field (Sharon ¶3). Text messaging is also considered a type of text used in the facility to help keep in contact with other nurses and make it easier to communicate
Health information communication technology (HICT) is the new standard in healthcare when it comes to enhanced patient care and education. According to Elsevier Journal (2013), “Searching the World Wide Web for healthcare information is second only to searching for sites related to sex, while multiple forms of social media, now increasingly mobile, are challenging the limits of healthcare providers’ professionalism” (Reis et. al., 2013). This shows an increasing prevalence in the use of HICTs in both healthcare and the general population. Discussing the use of HICTs will further education about how beneficial they are to healthcare systems. This paper will outline the importance of HICTS in healthcare and the nurse’s role in the use of HICTs
It is a fact that people may be unavailable to answer their phones especially if they think that the call is not important. Therefore, I believe that following up with the text messages is more suited in this busy world where people can easily see text messages that come in throughout the day and not have to reply necessarily. My recommendation to ensure that patients attend their appointment is to use text messages when reminding them of their appointments. This can help our practice become more efficient when following up with our patients and can help reduce the amount of missed
Mhealth has reached the poorest of communities (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, n.d.). More than 9 million patients email their physician in 2009 (Digital Health Care, 2010), because patients’ busy lifestyles do not allow time for an office visit for non-emergent health conditions. . In recent years, the expansion of mobile health (mhealth) technologies, including health text messaging, mobile phone applications, remote monitoring, and portable sensors, have changed the way health care is being delivered in the U.S. and globally (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, n.d.). Patients like the convenience of communicating with his or her physician through advanced technology.
The macro- level coordination mechanisms being used in Unit B that were not used in Unit A included mostly included organization and communication and they work as a team, forming units in various departments. Organization design is the arrangement of responsibilities, authority, and flow of information within an organization, resulting in its organization structure (Burns, Braley, Weiner & Shortell, 2012). Macro level coordination is where the focus of analysis is on the overall coordination needs and structural approaches to address those need (Burns, Braley, Weiner & Shortell, 2012). In unit A communication among the nurses, therapists, social workers, residents, and attending physicians regarding patient care is poor, and relationships among them are strained (Burns, Braley, Weiner & Shortell, 2012). In unit B nursing staff on the unit are organized into teams, with each team responsible for assigned patients from admission to discharge, the house staff in medicine in the hospital also are organized into teams, and except when beds are not available (Burns, Braley, Weiner & Shortell, 2012). Task interdependence among staff A included patient care units Nurses, physicians, and other health professionals in unit A consisted of discipline compared to unit B where conduct interdisciplinary rounds were not something team A took seriously. Differences between the effectively functioning Unit B and the chaotic Unit A are seen by many administrators and health care
Texting has become a great pastime or maybe an obsession. More than one hundred years ago, the way individuals communicated was through mail. This day and age, in the area of communication, text messaging is known as the quickest and most reliable way to get ahold of somebody. Texting is a great way to communicate when someone is unable to answer the phone. It is a simple method of communication that allows someone to send a message to one or more cell phones. It also helps because texting allows for quick replies to questions or quick conversations. People have shortened words and phrases to make texting more efficient. For example, some type, “Where R U?” instead of
The Nurse Journal wrote about a study that evaluated the workflow process amongst RN’s, LPN’s and support staff. They changed the way particular clinics were doing things to see if it had any impact. They would re-evaluate the clinic in 6 months. During this time, the team members roles were changed, daily goal sheets were implemented, unit huddles were used for better communication. . Staff members need a standardized form of communication. Based on the Nurse Journals research he reason that team members were not happy in their workplace was because of these five dysfunctions: absence of trust, fear of conflict, lack of commitment, avoidance of accountability, and inattention to results. The significance of the research provided real-life
The considerations of texting involve problems that lead from one problem to the next. These considerations both examine and breakdown the major effects texting has affected alert situations. It creates separation from the real intentional world. The relations to keep in mind are the compulsive disorders (OCD) involving constantly texting, having accidents along with injuries, and the lack of sleep occurring. These relations show the way all of these correlate together in a given matter and result into problems. People that have problems with texting show negative effects and how they can turn into something greater. Otherwise some may argue that texting is important because it’s used as a communication usage.
Technology and innovation have transformed the way people function personally and professionally. In the past, writing and mailing a letter was standard but now most people send electronic messages and text messages to phones. Healthcare has been changing tremendously as well, not only are paper charts and records becoming obsolete, but now many facilities are sharing test results, visit information details, and prescribed drug lists. This move into the digital age has helped improve healthcare by cutting costs in the long-term, increasing efficiency with decreased wait times, and reducing medical errors. This evolving technology expansion, commonly referred to as nursing informatics has created many