Healthcare organizations benefit from the use of communications technology
Internet has now begun to be the main source for information in the medical industry
A survey that was conducted in 2004 on 8 million seniors, made by the Pew Internet and American Life Project, that are current users of the Internet produced an answer of 66% of them have searched information on health-care on the Internet. 24 million American Internet users, in 2009, reported the same information. Researching medical issues is becoming very popular, many people are now doing it. Though it may not be a good ideal to stop seeing a doctor regularly, the Internet has made people who are patients to seek knowledge on what they will have to do next. People can look up symptoms, medicine and options for treatment on the Internet now.
Using tools from social media are now being used by health-care facilities to reach out to patients
Doctors offices, research facilities and public clinics are all now trying to reach out to patients in this way, being able to communicate with a wider variety of people. There is even evidence that they are going the distance to proving how great they are at caring for their patients. The health-care businesses, especially the hospitals, are trying to start using social media to get in touch with their patients. They want to answer the questions they have, pursue campaigns geared toward public awareness and also to help communities to reach out and get the care that they need. Some of the sites that are now on the Internet even go as far as to provide messaging services with nurses and doctors on the various medical issues. Some also are able to send reminders for the patients to get their regular check-ups, vaccines and required tests. While this sounds fantastic, there are patients’ privacy regulations that should always be applied. With HIPAA compliant texting, doctors and patients can safely share and examine medical information via electronic communication.
Better treatment equals success. The better the treatment, the less suffering there is
It is not easy to forget why technology has done so many good things for health-care. Some of those things are providing a way to get medicines, new machines, and treatments that will help to save the lives of many people and also make sure that many more are able to recover. New technology has helped to improve on the quality and ease of medical research for experts.
Improving on the patient care and efficiently working
The newly available information technology has helped to make caring for patients more of a safe and reliable service to be provided to everyone. The computers that the doctors and nurses use to record every patient’s medical history and to help them make sure that they are doing the right treatment are very important. The main database of hospitals have results from the lab tests, medicine orders and records of vital signs that are all electronically placed in the main database, so that they are able to be looked over later.
Now that more of the institutions are starting to use the electronic health records, more of the patients are able to access their information in an easier way, so that they are able to know what they are doing to the patients too. Medical research is being stored in massive amounts on the electronic databases, making the databases even more important to the medical industry. With so much of the information being stored on these electronic databases, the scientists can then put information together to determine some of the causes and trends of many ailments, which in turn means there are more breakthroughs in medical history that will be occurring.