Telepharmacy also involves the use of video-conferencing for education, management and training purposes. The use of online drugstores by pharmacists has been extensively used over the years and has attracted many other healthcare professionals to use this system (Angaran, 1999). This use has improved pharmaceutical care in various hospitals and has made possible the provision of services to any patient regardless of the distance. The telephone is used as a tool for offering healthcare services to people in remote areas, having changed from its former mode of access and use as a dialing and talking instrument. It plays a key role in multimedia access and in the provision of quality health services through its use in monitoring patients, conducting therapies, and providing counseling services and healthcare authorizations.
Patient-centric care practices are becoming the foundation of the current healthcare system. However, there is work and research to be done before a fully integrated and patient-centric system is in place throughout the healthcare system. Murphy (2011) has taken a closer look at the patient-centric care system, and what must be done before the patient truly becomes the center of the healthcare universe. Patient-centric care makes the patient and their family members a significant part of the care team, which may help to remove unneeded and unwanted services (Murphy, 2011). Murphy (2011) determines four areas within the healthcare system that can be improved to increase patient involvement in their care: eHealth, primary care, hospital care, and health information exchange.
Clinical documentation has been used throughout healthcare to analyze care provided to a patient, communicate important information between healthcare providers and patients, and provide medical records that will help patients track their conditions. The Electronic Health Records (EHRs) have revolutionized the process of clinical documentation through direct care to the patient. This electronic health record is a new technology that helps maintain patient’s privacy. Both computers and EHRs can facilitate and improve the clinical documentation methods, which is beneficial for all patients, the care teams, and health care organizations. In this case, documentation improvement has a direct impact on patients by providing quality information.
Innovations in mobile technology have brought remote healthcare management to the forefront of advanced medical care. The ability to record the cardiac activity of a patient at home has been available for some time. But that method utilized a recording device worn by the patient, which needed to be brought in to a hospital or doctor’s office for a healthcare professional to analyze. Today, real-time monitoring in the patient’s home is a reality. Three of the telecommunication giants have stepped into wireless healthcare management arena in efforts to provide advanced medical care through new digital delivery systems.
Some of these weaknesses included the fact that standardization of record keeping and assimilation of computer systems through electronic clinical patient records delayed. Despite these challenges, technology will help in establishing optimal practice and patient care environment. One of the major ways with which technology will help in developing such practice and patient care environment is through the introduction of standardized computerized sign-out system. The sign-out system will contribute to improved patient care through providing lists of patient problems and illnesses, treatment procedures, and medications in order for incoming health workers to be fully informed. The development of optimal practice and patient care environment through this system is also attributed to the fact that it enables management of health care facilities to lessen costs, increase patient satisfaction, and enhance care giving procedures.
Informatics has many avenues for developing improvement to patient care. The introduction of electronic medical records (EMR) is a central source of information to locate and input patient information. The accessibility of information created by informatics makes information easily accessible for the healthcare team. Electronic Medical Record EMR has not only streamlined paperwork but has created a social network for all involved in the care of patients. EMR has showed to “improved accuracy, legibility, timeliness and completeness of documentation” (Lyden, 2008, p.14).
The technology for patient’s data storage and medication chartings has been revolutionized by the computers in the last two or three decades. Patients seem to have more faith in computerized valuation of their treatments. They believe that the computer cannot go wrong. Computer, with its capability to go far and find information in a marvelous speed, offers clear and accurate results in medical procedures. The computer will continue to apply its major impact in healthcare by enhancing its performances and, in some cases, replacing the doctor himself.
HMIS is meant to help all departments within a healthcare organization, such as a hospital, to communicate easier creating a better care experience for both the care providers and consumers. These HMIS initiatives include systems such as computerized physician order entry (CPOE), electronic medical records (EMR), health information exchange (HIE), and other electronic systems. It is these initiatives that are reforming the healthcare system. However, there is not much information analyzing these new trending initiatives and how they will help or hurt the medical field. It is these systems that will be analyzed to determine the challenges they may have for the healthcare system, and the leadership of healthcare organizations.
Gerrity (2013) noted, patients receive treatment through the internet, videoconferencing, image transmission, streaming media, wireless communication, and remote diagnostics on smartphones. In addition, doctors consult with specialists, providers receive medical training, and patients receive education and monitor their own health through telecommunication (p.18). Through these modalities, telehe... ... middle of paper ... ...alth status directly to their provider from the comfort of their own home. Involving patients in the self-management of chronic diseases can greatly improve health outcomes. Mobile technology has been designed to increase healthy behaviors and improve disease management and come in a range of forms and usability.
Telemedicine have been the most popular technology over the world. This technology has been used to teleport patient information. This Telecommunication Technology is design to help Physician who are separated from their patient are able to communicate through the system. This paper will focus on Telemedicine history, includes its date of inception, major milestones, and uses in health care. Telemedicine had been used across the United States In addition telemedicine is used to transfer “electronic medical data (i.e.