Today, technology is an essential component of medicine. The proper technology can help with increased efficiency, higher quality, and lower costs. Some of the numerous benefits technology can provide include:
Improving clinician communication
Improving medication safety
Reducing potential medical errors
Increasing access to medical information
Encouraging patient-centered care
The following are just a few examples of how technology improves patient safety.
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1. Facilitates Clinician Communication — Multiple healthcare professionals are frequently involved in a patient’s care during their medical journey. This greatly increases the possibility of miscommunication or error. Communication breakdowns are one of the most common contributors to unfavorable events. EHRs are intended to help reduce errors by collecting and storing patient health information in a single, easily accessible record.
2. Reduces Medication Error — Another common medical error that can lead to serious complications is prescribing errors. By allowing clinicians to send prescriptions electronically to pharmacies, electronic prescribing can help reduce prescription errors. Medical alerts, clinical flags, and reminders are other ways that technology can reduce medication errors and improve patient safety.
3. Provides Information Access — Many serious medication errors occur due to clinicians not having enough information about the patient or drug. Access to reference information has been greatly improved thanks to advances in information technology. Hand-held devices now access a wide range of drug-reference information, and clinicians can quickly access textbooks, databases, and other medical references online.
4. Increases Patient-Centered Care — Involving patients in their care is important for various reasons, including increased compliance and patient satisfaction. By facilitating communication between providers and patients via online portals, text messaging, and email, technology contributes to patient-centered care. It also improves access to information, such as online medical records, which can improve patient self-monitoring and convenience.
Information technology has the potential to impact patient safety significantly. As with most technologies, there may be advantages and disadvantages. Patient safety and quality must always be the primary focus of any healthcare technology implementation or use.
Purpose of Assignment:
According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (2008), “Apply safeguards and decision making support tools embedded in patient care technologies and information systems to support a safe practice environment for both patients and healthcare workers.”
American Association of College of Nursing. (2008). The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice. Retrieved from: https://www.aacnnursing.org/Education-Resources/AACN-Essentials
Differentiate the impact of various communication technologies on safety and quality improvement.
You are a staff nurse at Healing Spaces Hospital, and through your dedication and passion for healthcare technologies, you have been voted as the nursing delegate to sit on the Emerging Innovations Steering Committee. In preparing for your first committee meeting you have read through the last year of meeting minutes and determined what the past nursing delegate had achieved and what future goals were set for this specific role. The meeting minutes from last month show that the steering committee is currently looking at emerging communication technologies and how the hospital can leverage cost effective technological advances. In preparation for the first meeting you have created a list of best practices based on your scholarly research and create a list of action plans for leveraging these into practice.
You have just walked into your first steering committee meeting and quickly see this committee is ready to move forward with levering technology specific to communication. As the nursing delegate, you have been tasked with creating a comparative analysis of two communication technologies and how they can be used to improve communication between healthcare teams as well as how it can influence patient outcomes. Before the next monthly committee meeting, they want you to send them a comparative analysis using a format of your choice (i.e. table) of two communication technologies that you feel best improve safety and quality healthcare. Write a comparative analysis including the following:
Discuss the two selected communication technologies you have chosen with support from scholarly research
Describe the function of each technology
Analyze how it is used in the healthcare setting
Examine how the two selected technologies can be used to improve communication among the healthcare team.
Provide a specific practice example from the literature to support how each technology has been shown to improve communication among the healthcare team.
Discuss how each communication technology has been shown to improve patient outcomes.
Identify evidence from the literature to support how each technology has been shown to impact patient outcomes.
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