How Technology Is Impacting Nursing Practice
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Over the past decade, there have been significant developments in technology that are having an ever-increasing impact on how we live our lives. These changes occur at such a rapid pace it can be difficult to keep up!
New technologies seem to come out every week with features never thought possible before. This is true not only of gadgets like your smartphone or computer, but also of software applications and other types of technological tools.
Many of these new technologies were initially marketed as ways to make our daily lives easier, more efficient, or even entertaining. But very few people seriously considered what lasting effects these would have on society and life as we know it.
Some examples of this are self-driving cars, digital health apps, and robots performing tasks in manufacturing facilities. All of these things have gone beyond theory and are now part of our everyday lives.
Now, more than ever, healthcare professionals (Nurses included) must be aware of the uses of these technologies and how they affect the workplace.
This article will discuss some specific impacts that technology has on nursing practice. What these are and why they matter will be explained along with tips for nurses to stay informed.
The first two points relate to using technology during patient visits. These two items may sound trivial, but they play a large role in whether patients perceive you as competent and professional.
Health records are now more than just a place to store data
With the advancement of technology, health record systems have changed from being focused on storing information to doing something much more powerful- helping you find answers to your questions.
Many healthcare organizations use software that goes beyond collecting basic patient information to create a “record” for each individual. These personal health records (or PHRs) can contain all sorts of important information such as medical results, medications, immunizations, surgeries, tests, and diagnoses.
This is especially helpful in giving patients access to their own health information so they do not need to go looking for it themselves. They can also compare their personal data with others at different facilities or hospitals to see what treatments work for them and which ones seem ineffective or harmful.
Not only does this help individuals feel more informed about their condition, but it also allows them to actively participate in their care by asking questions, expressing concerns, and changing therapies or prescriptions if needed.
Healthcare is a much more digital experience
Over the past decade, technology has had an ever-increasing influence in our daily lives. This includes how we work, where we live, what we eat, and how we interact with others. The way we receive healthcare now is no exception!
With the rise of the smartphone, patients are now able to access health information at any time. They can ask questions about their conditions or make appointments using their device.
Nurses play a crucial role in educating patients about their medical conditions and treatments. By being aware of recent developments, you will be prepared to answer patient questions.
That said, it’s important to remain calm and approachable when talking about medicine. Technological tools can sometimes seem very advanced, which may intimidate some people.
We hope this article inspired you to review your own level of technological literacy and consider ways to improve yours.
Healthcare technology is improving health outcomes
Recent developments in healthcare technology have led to significant improvements in patient care, disease management and wellness. Health and wellbeing apps for smartphones and other digital devices can help you track your overall health and monitor symptoms of diseases like diabetes or high blood pressure.
By tracking and recording data regularly, patients can use this information to identify potential issues earlier, when treatments are more effective. This also gives professionals an opportunity to evaluate how they are doing and make needed changes.
For example, people with diabetes may find that using smartphone applications helps them manage their glucose levels by helping them recognize warning signs and what foods may be affecting them.
These apps also facilitate communication between patients and doctors, as well as promote healthy living through encouraging users to contribute and connect with others who are trying to improve their own health.
Healthcare technology enables nurses to do their jobs better
Over the past decade, there has been a significant increase in the use of technology for healthcare professionals. This includes everything from mobile devices that can be used to access patient records, to apps designed to help manage symptoms or perform tasks needed during care, to interactive whiteboards where patients can ask questions about health issues and treatments
These technologies have become increasingly popular as hospitals and nursing facilities implement them across their systems, and most offer discount services or credit cards to users.
Nurses are one of the largest user groups of these tools. They make up nearly half of all healthcare professional users of smartphones, for example.
And while some experts believe that having more advanced technology makes doing your job easier, it also raises concerns about privacy and safety. Technologies like smartphone applications, for instance, now have their own special term: ‘mHealth’ – short for medical mobile phone software.
Healthcare technology makes the job more efficient
Technological advancements have made it easy to access patient information at lightning speed. Health professionals now have quick tools to help them keep up with all of the paperwork that comes along with being part of the healthcare team.
These technologies make their users more productive, which can only be a good thing for the overall quality of care we as nurses are able to provide.
Healthcare is a rapidly changing field, and there’s always something new coming around the bend! Luckily, most health apps these days have some kind of digital documentation or notes feature where you can store past conversations and medical records.
This article will talk about five ways nursing tech helps you in your daily work.
The future of healthcare technology
Over the past few years, we have seen an explosion in both the number of technologies designed to help you in your daily life as well as the number of companies creating these tools for profit. This is especially true when it comes to health-related apps and services!
There are many reasons why this is happening, but one big reason is that people want more efficient ways to manage their health.
We live in a time where every day there is something new announced about how a healthy lifestyle can be achieved or maintained with just some simple changes like quitting smoking or eating healthier. People are spending lots of money trying all sorts of fads and gimmicks related to nutrition and fitness, so they are seeking out easy solutions to achieve their goal.
Thus, the market is saturated with small tweaks and tricks to improve our overall wellness. There are even Apps that tell us what we should eat and give tips on how to exercise!
All of this information is very helpful, if only because it is constantly updating itself and never gets tired of telling us things we already know. But, what happens once those lessons are learned? Do we actually follow through and implement them into our lives?
Not always, which is another problem that technological innovations can fix. Health and wellness apps often offer “tips” at the end of each lesson, but none ever really seem to stick around longer than a week before being forgotten.
Ways nurses can implement these changes in their practice
Changing how you manage your workload is only possible if you are willing to make significant adjustments to the way you do business. This could include changing the length of shifts, offering more than one shift per day, or even stepping down as an acting manager while still keeping up with the responsibilities for leadership.
There is no easy solution that will work for everyone, but understanding where your own limitations lie is the first step towards improvement. By being honest about what skills you have and don’t have, you begin to address the problem at its source.
By educating yourself about the ways technology can help you perform your job better, you’re investing in yourself and the profession. Here are some tips to get started.
1) Use technology to keep your team informed
In this world of digital connectivity, most professionals have access to at least one device that allows for limited work or communication tasks. With nurses being tasked with so many different responsibilities in their jobs, they may be left out without communication tools.
This is especially true during emergencies when patients are rushing in and out. Nurses can become detached from the outside world, and things go bad when people are trying to reach them.
Luckily, there are ways to solve this problem by using various nursing apps and services. You can create account profiles for each nurse so you know who to contact in an emergency and what information to share with them.
These accounts make it easy to send messages, videos, documents, and even link individuals to other resources like social media sites or internal chat programs.