Healthcare Information Technology Trends

Healthcare Information Technology Trends

Many new technologies in the 21st century are changing how healthcare works. Things like electronic health records, artificial intelligence, and telemedicine are becoming more common. Electronic health records are like digital versions of patient files. They let authorized people see a patient’s information quickly, like their medical history and treatments. These records help healthcare providers share information and plan treatment. Many healthcare places use electronic health records now, and some let patients see their records online.

But there are concerns about how secure this data is. Sometimes, patients can’t control who sees their information, especially if they’re very sick. Teaching hospitals often use patient data for research, but they need permission to do so. One problem is not everyone has internet access, and not everyone knows how to use technology well. For example, only about 75% of people over 65 use the internet, leaving many older people unable to use apps like my HealtheVet. Some doctors worry that letting patients see their records could stress them out. However, being able to access records after leaving the hospital can help patients understand their treatment better.

Using electronic health records has advantages and challenges. It’s easier to keep track of data and prevent misuse, but there’s also a risk of security breaches. Patients may also struggle to understand their records, which could cause anxiety. Additionally, there’s a risk of malpractice related to electronic health records. Telemedicine is another exciting technology. It’s become more popular, especially since the COVID-19 pandemic. Telemedicine lets people see doctors without leaving home. Patients can use devices to send data to their doctor, and doctors can monitor their health remotely. This can improve patient care, especially for those who can’t easily visit a doctor in person.




Numerous technological advancements in the 21st century aim to entirely transform the nature of care. Electronic health records, artificial intelligence, and telemedicine technology like biosensor tools are among the biggest trends in healthcare. Cowie et al. claim that (2017) electronic health records are digital versions of patient charts that instantly make information about patients, including their treatment and medical history, available to authorized users. These electronic health records assist healthcare providers in sharing patient information and coordinating patient improvement (Barak-Corren et al., 2017). Most healthcare organizations are currently using EHRs, and many have a system that lets patients view their records online. Patients can view their records, schedule appointments, and even send messages to their healthcare providers through my HealtheVet at the facility where I work.  

While electronic health records facilitate the immediate dissemination of patient information to authorized users, there is a risk that the data will be insecure and end up with the wrong users or users. When some patients are too ill, it can be difficult for them to exercise control over their information once it is entered into a database. Teaching hospitals have much research that uses patient data, and sometimes they need permission to use this data (Rao-Gupta et al., 2017). One threat that puts this technology’s use in the healthcare system at risk is this. However, my HealtheVet has some difficulties. One main issue is that not all people have internet access. The fact that only some people are tech-savvy presents another obstacle. According to Faverio (2022), approximately 75% of people aged 65 and up use the internet. That leaves ¼ of the more established populace incapable or experiencing difficulties with utilizing my healthevet app. According to many doctors, patients should not be able to access their records. According to D’Costa et al. (2020), doctors worry that allowing patients access to their records could cause unnecessary stress or overwhelm them. My heatheVet also has some advantages. Patients frequently become overwhelmed when all the information is presented to patients at once upon discharge. However, once they are discharged, they can read the information in their records, gain a better understanding of it, and think more clearly. Patients can view their records, schedule appointments, and communicate with their providers using this app. They can still send a message to the provider, who will respond when they return to work, or they can schedule an appointment online. 

In terms of patient care, data security, and legislation, the ease with which information from a system can be tracked is one potential advantage of using electronic health records; this indicates that it would be difficult for anyone to misuse the data (Skiba, 2017). It may be challenging to coordinate the system with things that require the conscious consent of the individuals, such as consent for health procedures, in some cases, such as patients who are too ill; this poses a risk for the same. When accessing information online, there is always a possibility of harm. In the healthcare industry, security breaches occur frequently. Over 2100 security breaches have occurred since 2009, costing over $6 trillion, according to Georgiev (2022). The information and money involved here is staggering. The patients’ inability to comprehend the information in their charts poses another threat to patient care. They might become frightened or anxious about something they read due to this. Concerning legislation-related risks, EHR-associated malpractice is a risk. According to D’Amore (n.d.), from 2007 to 2010, there were only two cases of malpractice involving EHRs, but from 2014 to 2016, there were 66 cases.  

Telehealth technology is a promising technology that will lead us into the future when I look at the current trends in healthcare. Since the coronavirus outbreak, telehealth has grown in popularity. This system can make it possible for people who cannot leave their homes alone or have difficulty living to see a doctor. With telehealth and all the devices that patients can now use at home to send data to their doctor’s office, the doctor can monitor the patient’s vitals and weight and even listen to their lungs and hearts from the comfort of their home. The provider will be able to receive more information via electronic means as further advancements in this field occur. Requiring people to visit their doctor regularly, even when they cannot leave their homes, will also improve patient care (Gajarawala, 2022). 


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To Prepare:

  • Reflect on the Resources related to digital information tools and technologies.
  • Consider your healthcare organization’s use of healthcare technologies to manage and distribute information.
  • Reflect on current and potential future trends, such as use of social media and mobile applications/telehealth, Internet of Things (IoT)-enabled asset tracking, or expert systems/artificial intelligence, and how they may impact nursing practice and healthcare delivery.


Post a brief description of general healthcare technology trends, particularly related to data/information you have observed in use in your healthcare organization or nursing practice. Describe any potential challenges or risks that may be inherent in the technologies associated with these trends you described. Then, describe at least one potential benefit and one potential risk associated with data safety, legislation, and patient care for the technologies you described. Next, explain which healthcare technology trends you believe are most promising for impacting healthcare technology in nursing practice and explain why. Describe whether this promise will contribute to improvements in patient care outcomes, efficiencies, or data management. Be specific and provide examples.


Respond to at least two of your colleagues* on two different days, offering additional/alternative ideas regarding opportunities and risks related to the observations shared.

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  • Healthcare Technology Data Trends

    Because healthcare is changing quickly, there’s a big need to make sure patients get good care in hospitals and clinics. Luckily, technology in healthcare is getting better fast to keep up with these changes, especially since COVID-19 started. Since the pandemic began, there have been lots of problems that needed fixing to make sure patients stay safe and get good care. Using new technology in healthcare has really helped hospitals and clinics deal with these problems.

    Some experts say using things like checklists and electronic health records (EHR) is helpful for using new technology in healthcare. But it’s not just about having new technology – it’s also about making sure everyone knows how to use it right. One big trend in healthcare technology right now is telehealth. This lets patients talk to their doctors without going to the clinic, which is helpful for people who can’t go out or are worried about COVID-19.

    Benefits and Challenges

    In my hospital, lots of patients use telehealth to see their doctors. Because of COVID-19, many doctors started using telehealth to see patients without meeting them in person. This was good for doctors who work in different places because they could see patients at one place and then see others online. But there are also problems with telehealth, like making sure patient information stays private. Many hospitals, including mine, have rules to make sure the messages patients send are safe. Sometimes, doctors can’t do a full check-up online, so they might need to see the patient in person later. And some patients might find it hard to use technology for their appointments. But even with these problems, telehealth has been good for helping more people get medical care.

    Promising Healthcare Technology Trends

    Telehealth is getting better and could be a big part of healthcare in the future. It helps hospitals see more patients and makes it easier for more people to get care. But it’s important to teach patients how to use telehealth properly. Some patients might not know how to use it or what to expect during their appointment. So, doctors and hospitals should teach patients about telehealth to help more people use it. If more patients know how to use telehealth, more people can get the care they need.


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    • Collapse SubdiscussionAndrea M Allen 

      Hi Irvin,

      Great read.  Another issues I see with Telehealth is the ability to misdiagnose patients.  There are are a number of symptoms that mimics other illnesses and the inability to do a proper assessment in searching for certain diseases, which may be a cause for concern.  According to (Xiang & Bernard 2021),  One of the major challenges of Telehealth is the limitation in the ability to complete a remote neurologic exam especially when evaluating  sensation, reflexes, tone, motor strength, and optic nerve function.

      Without a reliable way to for a remote neurologist to evaluate sensation, tone, reflexes, motor strength, optic nerve function and fundoscopy, the concern poses a risk to patients for misdiagnosis and mismanagement.  It may even be time consuming and costly if a lack of proper neurological exam requires over use or over dependence on neuroimaging and other diagnostic test that could have been prevented with a proper and complete assessment of patients. Until further research is done and ways to include all illnesses, Telehealth will be beneficial for some but not all in making a successful diagnosis I believe.


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    • Collapse SubdiscussionKatrina Brooks 

      Hi Irvin,

      I agree that telehealth shows promise that it will be a major contributing component to providing quality care. Patients are able to receive a variety of treatments through telehealth such as mental health treatment, prescription management, skin conditions,follow up appointments, etc.  “Virtual visits ensure you get health care wherever you are located – at home, at work or even in your car” (What is Telehealth, 2022). Telehealth has been a major help because it decreases time off from work travel time, the need for a babysitter and for the elderly it can include family members who assist with care who may not be able to attend in office appointments.

      While there are many benefits there are also challenges. One of the challenges with telehealth is that the patient must have a reliable internet connection. During the pandemic  “poor internet connection and lack of universal access to technology were among the technical barriers” (Ftouni et al, 2022).


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    • Collapse SubdiscussionMleh Porter 

      Hello Irvin,

      I completely agree with you that telehealth has been an incredibly useful resource in healthcare, especially in the current climate. It has allowed providers to treat patients safely while also providing more access to healthcare services (Usoh et al., 2022).  In addition to the benefits you mentioned, telehealth can help reduce current healthcare spending in the United States by combating issues such as the misuse of medications, unnecessary emergency department visits, and prolonged hospital stays (Gajarawala & Pelkowski, 2021). As you have pointed out, however, a few potential challenges need to be addressed to ensure a successful telehealth experience. The measures outlined, such as utilizing encrypted forms of communication and follow-up appointments, are great steps in maintaining (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliance and providing complete assessments. Another challenge is that the rules and regulations guiding telehealth are different for each state and constantly changing, which could create unclear understandings of the standards and guidelines among healthcare organizations. To prevent any compliance issues, healthcare providers must familiarize themselves with the guidelines of telehealth in their practice states (Gajarawala & Pelkowski, 2021). As technology continues to evolve, these challenges can be addressed, and telehealth will become even more successful in the future.


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    • Collapse SubdiscussionOdion Iseki 

      Hi Irvin,

      You have picked a critical point; I find it insightful and well-explained. Improved efficiency in providing high-quality healthcare is in high demand across all healthcare settings because of the industry’s dynamic nature. Since the initial diagnosis of COVID-19, healthcare technology has advanced quickly, meeting the needs of a healthcare environment that has altered significantly. Since the beginning of the global pandemic, many problems have necessitated action to continue providing safe, high-quality patient care. Adaptations in healthcare technology have been crucial in assisting healthcare facilities in surviving the epidemic. According to Dykes et al. (2017), checklists and electronic health records (EHR) data are valuable tools for promoting the consistent use of innovative healthcare solutions.
      As vital as adopting cutting-edge healthcare technology, it is equally crucial to guarantee that personnel is competent in its proper application to allow necessary organizational change.
      It is no secret that telehealth is one of my company’s most popular and pervasive new developments in healthcare IT.
      Patients who, for various reasons, cannot physically visit their doctors have significantly benefited from this development in healthcare IT. Patients and doctors often choose telemedicine early in the epidemic to avoid potentially contracting COVID-19 when visiting a healthcare facility.


      Dykes, P. C., Rozenblum, R., Dalal, A., Massaro, A., Chang, F., Clements, M., Collins, S., Bates, D. W. (2017). Prospective evaluation of a

      multifaceted intervention to improve outcomes in intensive care: The Promoting Respect and Ongoing Safety Through Patient

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  • Collapse SubdiscussionColleen Lewis 

    Initial post – Challenges and Benefits of Trends in Healthcare Technology  

    Trends in healthcare technology have the goal of enhancing patient care, reducing risk and error, improving patient outcomes, and making healthcare more accessible to populations that are difficult to reach. Since the onset of the global pandemic, many tech and healthcare companies have worked at finding solutions to the challenges and problems caused by the pandemic. Some trends are telemedicine, internet of things (IoT), and wearable devices.

    Remote monitoring of patients has many benefits including improved clinical management and reduction in manpower. Not only does remote monitoring allow healthcare providers to receive notification of changes in a patient’s condition, but it also empowers patients to feel involved in the management of their own health. Challenges of using remote monitoring devices include ensuring data transmitted from the remote device to the healthcare providers system remains protected. The use of cloud computing has also presented a challenge in security of data, as it works differently from traditional security models and controls. Ensuring client-side encryption of data, multi factor authentication, and data loss prevention protocols is essential to protecting patient information (McGonigle & Mastrian 2022). Another challenge for healthcare staff is processing the large volume of data, which has been managed in part by use of third-party platforms (Harvey & Seiler 2022).

    Improvements in home monitoring devices, namely wearables and implantable devices for management of chronic conditions are a current trend in healthcare. Devices that can be implanted, worn, or have remote sensors can help to cut costs in healthcare and improve management of these patients from their home.

    Devices that can be worn, called wearables, allow for remote monitoring and data collection. For example, there’s a smartwatch by Omron that tracks heart rate, steps, and blood pressure. Abnormal vital signs send an alert to the physician. “Physicians can then alert patients to take an extra dose of medication; or data from the device can help doctors better understand behavior that triggered the alert” (Giordano 2021). Another wearable device monitors epilepsy and detects seizures. Not only does the monitor improve tracking of seizures, but it also has the potential to improve the quality of life for people with epilepsy. In a study by Olsen at al. (2021), Wearables legitimize the experience of epileptics and can lead to improved acknowledgement from medical professionals, family, and friends (p 2). Certain advancements in wearables focus on making the devices less noticeable, more user friendly, and more adaptable to needs of daily living.

    Implantables are devices that are implanted into some part of the body and give real time data. One example of such is the Dexcom, a Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM), which monitors blood glucose every couple of minutes and transmits the data to a device. This helps to improve outcomes for diabetic patients who might otherwise not check their blood sugar levels as often as they should. Also, in the event of illness when the blood glucose might be very high or very low, the patient can see what their level is and correct it prior to becoming symptomatic.

    There are other devices that can predict and monitor health conditions, such as the HeartLogic, embedded into a CRT-D cardiac device that tracks changes in a patients’ body to detect worsening heart failure (Giordano 2021). Heart failure patients monitored by implantable devices are more likely to receive timely clinical intervention. A recent heart failure detection algorithm discussed in Ezer et al (2022) seemed “accurate enough to predict an upcoming heart failure event with sensitivity of about 86.5% and specificity of 93%” (p 2). With continuous monitoring and consequently less time to intervention, this could reduce the number of patients hospitalized for heart failure.

    Decentralizing medicine through use of remote patient monitoring can lower overall costs and improve personalization of patient care, especially for populations that are hard to serve. In July of 2022, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services proposed payment rates for billing of outpatient services that include codes for remote therapeutic monitoring (Giordano 2021) Results from a survey through Current Health reported “89 percent of health systems plan to use more remote patient monitoring over the next year…[and] 81 percent of respondents expect their organizations to increase investments in remote care technology in the next 12 months” (Giordano 2021). Continued efforts to enhance functionality of these devices and more efficient processing of data can lead to improved patient outcomes.



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    • Collapse SubdiscussionErica Schulte 

      Erica Schulte – Response #2 – Colleen Lewis

      Hello Colleen, thanks for posting!  As you note, the growing trend of telehealth in general but also the remote patient monitoring and other wearable devices is really taking off!  The recent pandemic certainly helped springboard this trend as technology had been on the verge but the push to utilize beyond current processes came with COVID 19 (McGonigle & Mastrian, 2022).  Some of the other really beneficial outcomes of some of these devices is that it has resulted in an increased engagement and interest in maintaining health and wellness by the patients (Graham & Jones, 2020).  Which, in turn has helped reduced hospital time.


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      Collapse SubdiscussionBarkisu Fortenberry 

      Post a brief description of general healthcare technology trends, particularly related to data/information you have observed in use in your healthcare organization or nursing practice.

      The most helpful healthcare technology trend in the healthcare organization I work for is electronic health records. Technology brought electronic health records, which have been improved to fit various healthcare needs of the organization and growing changes in the healthcare system. The electronic health record is a real-time chart with patient medical-related information that healthcare professionals can access and retrieve easily while patients can use to track their overall health status (Tayefi et al., 2021). The electronic health record contains various health information, including the patient demographic, tests and diagnostics, medical history, food, drug allergies, and procedures they have undergone.

      The hospital I work for allows authorized personnel to access the electronic health records charts and share them with other authorized persons, including the physicians and other healthcare team members. Often patient information, including medical history, is taken when they are admitted for the first time. That information is updated as the patient continues to receive care at the facility. When the patient visits the hospital subsequently, the previously entered or stored data is easily retrieved and updated based on their complaints and the treatment they will be given (Dinh-Le et al., 2019). The healthcare professional attending to the patient would only need to log into the secured electronic health records to obtain previous patient health information.

      Describe any potential challenges or risks that may be inherent in the technologies associated with these trends you described.

      While the electronic health record has had many benefits, the organization I work with is not exploiting all the benefits adequately. For instance, the organization’s departments use a different system instead of using one system across the departments. This means that the lab technicians can access the specific electronic health record system they use. The same is true for the emergency departments which use the Medi Tech system. In addition, most nurses have access to all these systems, but healthcare professionals in these specific departments, such as lab technicians, do not have access to some of the systems. If the system is similar for the whole hospital, that could increase efficiency (Dinh-Le et al., 2019). However, I am waiting to hear colleagues’ opinions on the same because I do not understand why each department has its system.

      Then, describe at least one potential benefit and one potential risk associated with data safety, legislation, and patient care for the technologies you described.

      As said earlier, one of the benefits of electronic health records is that it enables patients to easily track their health status and treatment progress at the convenience of their home and can be monitored remotely. For instance, we follow patients with diabetes remotely, following up on their adherence to medications, how they inject the insulin, whether they change the injection site, and their adherence to self-care activities (Dinh-Le et al., 2019). So whenever I want to confirm the treatment a patient was put on or their blood sugar, I easily take my phone and open the chart where the blood sugar recordings are t medication the patients should receive and other instructions. I can also meet with patients remotely and ask them about their progress and areas where they need help. The rise of electronic health records brought telemedicine, which enables not only remote interaction but also quicker sharing of information and offloading hospitals a load of too many patients lining up for care in the accident and emergency rooms when their conditions can be cared for adequately and complications leading them to urgent cases prevented (Shahnaz et al., 2019). We learned a lot during COVID-19, which are eye-openers in terms of investing in telemedicine to reduce dependency on traditional care approaches encouraging physical interaction.

      One significant risk that electronic health record faces in the organization are cyber-attacks on patient-protected health information. Hospitals have been attacked in the past, and we have seen how a hospital can be held ransom by such cyber theft (Dinh-Le et al., 2019). While we have been so lucky that the cybercriminals have not flagged our systems, there was a time they almost succeeded. They held our system at ransom but did not access the protected patient health information, and most services had to stop. We also had to turn to paperwork whenever there were blackouts.

      Describe whether this promise will improve patient care outcomes, efficiencies, or data management. Be specific and provide examples. Next, explain which healthcare technology trends you believe are most promising for impacting healthcare technology in nursing practice.

      The ineffective communication, lack of adequate patient health information, and inability to share information before electronic health records were associated with delays in care, and ineffectiveness, that eventually led to low quality and potentially harmful care. All these have been reduced by the use of electronic health record systems, which have enabled the easy sharing of patient health information leading to more individualized and preventive care. In addition, people for a long time have been encouraged to take charge of their health. The electronic health record system through MYChart helped patients track their health by simply logging in and out when they wanted to check the progress of their health status. Still, I caution that electronic health record systems must be used with much caution. Healthcare professionals must be able to ensure patient privacy, confidentiality, and protection of their information is a personal responsibility because it is one thing that can break the whole institution (Shahnaz et al., 2019).


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      • Collapse SubdiscussionSimranjeet Brar 


        Your post is very thorough and descriptive. I really enjoyed reading it as it covers all of the topics asked in discussion post which includes benefits and potential risks of electronic health records. The way healthcare professionals interact, record, and examine patient data has been significantly altered by electronic health records (EHRs). Medical mistakes have been reduced thanks to EHRs, which have also improved patient outcomes by enabling professional teams to view the same data. The capacity of EHRs to use artificial intelligence (AI) to absorb data and infer information useful for patient diagnosis is what makes them so exciting. Utilizing this data and conducting research can help shape how we will deliver care in the future (McGonigle & Mastrian, 2022).

        EHRs include significant data on things like age, way of life, comorbidities, medicines, and family history. These data may be analyzed by artificial intelligence to assist healthcare professionals in making quick choices and enhancing patient outcomes (Jiang, 2017). A new age in healthcare is being established by AI’s capacity to use algorithms to monitor, diagnose, and treat patients (McGonigle & Mastrian, 2022).

        Unfortunately, data security is not perfect. Healthcare data breaches are on the increase and more likely to occur than in other sectors, such as banking (HIPAA Journal, 2022). The finding by the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) that human error accounts for more than half of all security breaches is more intriguing (McGonigle & Mastrian, 2022). This is a result of staff members’ negligence, carelessness, and lack of software experience (McGonigle & Mastrian, 2022).


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  • Collapse SubdiscussionBenedicta Kwevie

    Main Post

    General healthcare technology trends observed in use in Healthcare organization

    In the past decade or so, healthcare and technology upcoming technology have merged. More recently, the advent of the Covid-19 pandemic pushed technology companies to venture into the healthcare space and healthcare companies into the tech space (Marr, 2022). Various trends have emerged in healthcare technology, including the Internet of Medical Things (IOMT), Telehealth, cloud computing, and machine learning, among others.

    My organization uses a cloud-based electronic health record (EHR) system known as CERNER for our in-patients. This is where the patient’s medical information is stored and can be accessed by the facility staff while providing care.

    Our out-patients also can sign up for telemedicine services, which is where they can access Healthcare without physically coming into the facility.

    Potential challenges or risks associated with the trends described

    With the healthcare industry still playing catch-up when it comes to technology integration (Kruse et al., 2017), breach of patient data becomes a potential challenge with the use of EHR systems. There is always the risk that any unscrupulous persons can get into the system and access private patient information.

    When we look at the telemedicine aspect as another side to it, there is the risk of losing pertinent patient information stemming from miscommunication. For instance, if a patient is relaying information to their Healthcare provider and one party loses internet or cellular connection, valuable information the patient thinks they have conveyed may not be received by the provider. This could potentially lead to misdiagnosis or mismanagement of the condition.

    Potential benefits and risks associated with data safety

    Some telemedicine services provide basic health care and information without requiring any identifying data from the client. This becomes a potential benefit as data safety concerns are eliminated from the get-go. Since telemedicine is primarily an online service, a potential risk is the denial of service (such as no internet or cellular service) occurring to either of the parties involved, interrupting communication between the patient and their provider. A potential benefit of the EHR system is the convenience of multiple healthcare providers accessing patient records simultaneously without a physical document being carted around, decreasing the risk of the wrong persons seeing confidential patient data. On the other hand, a potential risk is hackers gaining access to multiple patients’ sensitive data, compromising their security and privacy.

    Which Healthcare technology trends are most promising

    Wearable technology and Health trackers can be promising for impacting nursing practice because they are portable, not cumbersome, and more convenient for use by both patients and their healthcare providers. Wearable technology is also fast catching on as a fashion statement, and nursing practice can piggyback off that.

    Whether this promise will contribute to improvements in patient care outcomes

    Wearable tech and health trackers will contribute significantly to improvements in patient care outcomes because they provide an avenue for real-time monitoring of patients – even when they are outside the health care organization. Healthcare providers can remotely provide information about lifestyle or treatment modification. This, in turn, means that patients who will not – or cannot – present to the health facility still get taken care of, leading to the eventual improvement of overall population health.


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    • Collapse SubdiscussionSheila Ankrah 

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      Hi Benedicta,

      Thumbs up for the work you did on this post. You provided great insight into the advantages and challenges we face daily in nursing using technology. As I was reading through the challenges you presented, I wanted to expand on the breach in security we face as most of our patient’s information is being moved to electronic medical records. We easily remember not to share information by word of mouth or involve someone outside of the treatment team in a patient’s confidential medical information. Still, I often forget to “badge out” of my workstation or close out a patient’s chart when I’m busy or on the move. I can easily forget that this small misstep can compromise the confidentiality of the patient by exposing their confidential medical information and leaving it unprotected. Safe technological integration is important to maintaining patient confidentiality and is a beneficial strategy to promote patient safety (McGonigle & Mastrian, 2018).

      The evolution and integration of technology into health care are exciting and can lead to better patient outcomes as patients learn to take better accountability for their health. Their treatments have become more focused on modulating their behaviours to improve their health. In a study by Dykes, et al. (2017), they concluded that “patient-centred care” combined with online technology and involving the patients in the discussion regarding their care led to decreased rates of adverse events and increased rates of patient satisfaction (pg. e812).


      Dykes, P.C., Rozenblum, R., Dalal, A., Massaro, A., Chang, F., Clements, M., Collins, S., …Bates, D.W. (2017). Prospective evaluation of a multifaceted intervention to improve outcomes in intensive care: The promoting respect and ongoing safety through patient engagement communication and technology study. Critical Care Medicine, 45(8), e806-e813. Doi: 10.1097/CCM.0000000000002449

      McGonigle, D., & Mastrian, K. G. (2017). Nursing informatics and the foundation of knowledge (4th ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.

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      Collapse SubdiscussionSimranjeet Brar

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      Telemedicine means doctors and patients can talk and help each other using computers and phones. It’s like having a doctor’s appointment over video call. This helps save time and money because patients don’t have to travel far to see a doctor. Especially in places like prisons, it’s easier and cheaper to use telemedicine for doctor appointments instead of taking inmates to the doctor’s office.

      Telehealth started for people who live far away from doctors or who have less access to medical care. But during COVID-19, when it was hard for people to meet face-to-face, telehealth became more popular. Now, lots of people use it because it’s convenient and affordable.

      More and more people are using telehealth because healthcare costs are going up, and more people have long-term health problems. As people get older, they need more medical care, and this costs more money.

      Telemedicine can help in many ways. It can save money because fewer people need to go to the hospital. People who live far away from doctors can get help without traveling. And people who find it hard to move because they’re sick can still see a doctor without leaving home.

      But there are also problems with telehealth. Doctors can’t do a full exam over the internet, so sometimes it’s hard to know what’s wrong. Some older people find it hard to use computers or phones for medical appointments. And not everyone has access to the internet or devices they need for telehealth.

      To use telehealth safely, doctors need to be careful. Some laws about telehealth are different in different places, so doctors need to know the rules where they work. And because telehealth uses computers and the internet, there’s a risk of hackers getting into patients’ private information. Some people worry about this, which stops telehealth from being more popular. Also, it’s not clear who is responsible if something goes wrong during a telehealth appointment, so doctors need to be sure they have the right insurance.


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