Why do you think Health Information Technology is important to the current practice of healthcare? Upon what do you base your answer?
Technology is an ever evolving aspect of healthcare that impacts patient on a daily basis. In the current time, there are more options than ever for patients. From the choice of providers & institutions, to medications, and treatment options. As nurses, we are taught that the most important part of providing care is getting a detailed assessment. More imprrtanly, I think, is to have an even more detailed history on the patient you are treating. Getting previous records from other locations is now easier than ever and it benefits both the patient and the provider.
Do you think that tele-technology is superior to, inferior to, or much the same as non-technology options for healthcare documentation? What is the basis for your answer?
Tele-technology is the use of is the use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support long-distance clinical health care, patient and professional health-related education, public health and health administration. Based on the definition alone, I believe that it is neither superior nor inferior, but instead more of an adjunct element to the healthcare documentation process. While it is true tele-technology is the “new thing”, “the future of medicine”, we must always remember that technology has its drawbacks. Just as in non technology documentation, errors can and will be made. Whether it be in the input process, the information attained by the provider, or even the data provided by the patient, there will always be room for error. To further elaborate on the necessity for both, when technology fails, the go to option is paper documentation. When paper charts are lost misplaced or inaccurate, technology is there to provide necessary data. While it may be a pain for nurses to deal with double charting, I feel it should be