The Impact of Technology on the Delivery of Healthcare
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As years go by, huge breakthroughs in medicine continue to emerge. Technology
improves every day, and new developments are constantly a part of our lives. This paper aims at
examining the impact of technology on our healthcare systems. On a brief positive side,
technology has paved the way for the creation of the HPV vaccine, human genome mapping,
cancer therapy, drug-eluting stents, natural orifice surgery and other breakthroughs through
technology. The 21st century has been lucky enough to serve a major key stepping stone to the
exposure of the new technological impact to our health care system and its delivery. There has
been a major impact on the electronic healthcare records. This paper aims at expounding on that
and revealing the importance of it.
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The impact of technology on the delivery of healthcare: Introduction
Technology is re-defining all the aspects of our life and our behavior. Healthcare has
aided from technology as well. Breakthroughs in healthcare through technology have seen
breakthroughs in information gathering, treatments, research, and communication. All these
branches of health care have been able to receive new tools to work with and better ways of
practicing medicine (Blendon, Benson, Donelan, 1995).
Technology has improved life and its meaning. It is also a huge part of the economy.
There are certain ways in which technology has proved to be a good influence in our health
system. There is a widespread use of electronic healthcare records which has led to a significant
amount of savings on the costs of health care and improved patient safety and overall health. A
database stores patient files so they can be easily accessed thus leading to the improved
organization of the records (Ferrer & Sosa, 1998).
Technology has led to time-saving procedures which have resulted in better data
management and coordination. Technology and innovation have paved the way for the noninvasive
procedures. Diagnostics have been more accurate and easier to conduct. It is mainly due
to improvements in areas such as nuclear medicine (Blendon, Benson, Donelan, 1995).
Technicians and physicians have multiple ways of performing examinations on the patient’s
composition without using the invasive procedure’s to come up with an exact analysis. Surgical
procedures such as thoracic and cardiovascular surgery have become more rampant due to the
technological advancements that have helped in easy conduct. There is the improvement of
apparatuses and tools. Technology has allowed the medical practitioner to accomplish operations
that are minimally invasive. This is a breakthrough as this wasn’t probable a couple of years ago.
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One of the major ways where technology has improved the delivery of healthcare is the
internet, as the main source of medical material and information. As more people are using the
internet to gain more information on their conditions, it goes without saying that technology has
aided in this good use (Ferrer & Sosa, 1998). The research shows that over 7 million internet
users go online to research their conditions and seek simple remedies. They sought healthcare
information on the internet. Not only are people looking up symptoms, but also reviewing their
opinions regarding treatment and medications. Patients have had an opportunity to make
supported and empowered decisions on the next medical steps; on the other hand, this doesn’t
mean that the patients should ignore the doctor’s office.
Through technology, healthcare institutions are reaching out to patients through social
media. Doctor offices, Public clinics and research facilities all over the world have taken benefit
of social media to broaden their reach. Facilities such as hospitals are taking the opportunity of
advertisement through social media to establish a significant contact with patients, launch public
awareness campaigns, answer questions on their practices and performing community outreach
programs (Donabedian, 1980).
Some technologically advanced healthcare situations offer services such as online and
instant chats with doctors and nurses on medical issues as well as constant reminders for the
audience to get their tests done and vaccines administered. Such protects kicked off in college
institutions, but they are quickly spreading to more majority institutions. Due to the increasing
appreciation for technology, there will be a greater application of technology in the future (Kent
& Larson, 1992).
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Other ways include less suffering and better treatment. Technology has changed
healthcare by providing medicines and treatments that help in saving lives and increasing the
chances of recovery. Distinguished medical methods and practices have helped patients to heal
directly and faster. Technology has led to improved research. Technology is liable for the
enlarged existence expectation. It includes the discovery of penicillin for the cure of serious
infections, the first successful organ transplant and the development of the polio vaccine. All
these and much more have backed to the enlarged life expectation rate (Ronald, 2001).
Due to the intense technology has taken on health care; it has led to increasing or
formation of insurance companies that act as an intermediary between the doctor and the patient.
It has a positive and negative side to it. Health insurance is a barrier to the access of health care
when the free market aspect concerns the intervention of the healthcare employees (Kent &
Information technology has led to the improvement of the care of the patients as they are
more reliable than before. Our medical practitioners can use computer-based devices to record
our health status and visit our background information too. It has proved to be useful as it has led
to the correct administering of drugs or medications (Ronald, 2001). This method has also
offered an opportunity to the patients to be in the loop of the procedures that they go through.
Records of vital signs, medication orders and results of lab tests can be entered and accessed
through electronic methods in a database. The electronic databases hold huge amounts of
information that can be used for medical research and use the data to get more medical
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Through technology doctors and health, officers are easier at their job, and they can
access many medical, educational sources that can help them. Shortly, technology will enable
doctors to use telemedicine effectively (Black & Welch, 1993). Technology in the healthcare
system has enabled the doctors to use a simple method of communication such as videos, texts,
and emails that would aid in their practice through consulting with their associates. A practical
example is during the Haiti earthquake in 2010; telemedicine was very useful in the events of the
tragic natural disaster.
Through technological impact, online databases can predict medical trends just the way
economic trends can be foreseen (Black & Welch, 1993). It happens through analyzing health
information that people search online. Google has been able to foreshadow medically tends such
as outbreaks of the flu. Through this, the breakthrough on prediction will help the experts
provide options, take preventive measures and receive a wide response during the outbreak. The
American society has a high shift in the rural area to the urban area medical centers. Due to
advances in medical technology, there has been a standardized medical requirement for medical
licensure that has contributed to the growing medicine culture.
Even in a medical side, technology also has a few minor setbacks on its impact on the
delivery of healthcare systems (Donabedian, 1980). If extreme caution is not taken, technology
can be dangerous. It is mainly due to the internet and the unending stream of knowledge in
medicine. The internet is indirectly and slowly taking away the certain roles of medical
practitioners such as physicians. People these days just look up anything, and they get the
solution. Certain websites such as WebMD are slowly replacing the actual physicians regardless
of their positive insight on healthy living. All in all, self-diagnosis is not advisable as it may lead
to certain psychological situations of false implications on small diseases.
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Revolution through technology in healthcare systems is growing. Technology has
changed the entire field. The main aim of this paper was to reveal how technology has impacted
the delivery of healthcare. There is a widespread use of electronic medical records, delivery
methods, engineering and bio-generation and other methods. The fast-changing medical
technology and its availability in diagnostic and therapeutic practices have changed the way
healthcare is being delivered (Donabedian, 1980).
Through technology, we can learn that the innovation of certain conditions is proving to
be highly beneficial. Technology has been able to provide the needed equipment for treatment of
heart attacks, diagnosing and treating breast cancer. Despite the high costs of medical
technology, the use of technology is spreading and helping out the people with need. The
benefits of this advancement outweigh the drawbacks.
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