Technology and Education in the Healthcare and Medical Field Tangie Riles
HHS440: Technology in Health & Human Services
Instructor: Janice Flegle
Technology in education has been popular in schools and universities all over. With all of the unimaginable advancements in technology, it has become a necessity, in the classroom, rather than being a luxury. Way back when, schools didn’t have computers in each room, let alone the internet or smart boards. In today’s world, technology is changing and progressing everyday. It would be senseless not to include technology in studies, trainings, and lectures within healthcare education. A few forms of technology used to teach students in healthcare, other than computers, are online virtual patients, smartphones and their mobile applications, telehealth tools, ultrasound imaging devices, and different surgical technologies. The benefits of learning these technologies can include efficiency, effectiveness, access to care, accuracy of services, and assurance of patient comfort. Technological tools can enhance the students learning experiences.
The impact that technology has had on medical health education has been tremendous. “With technology, healthcare educators are engaged in new approaches to develop, teach, and deliver an educational foundation that includes digital resources and training” (Dewhurst, Borgstein, Grant, & Begg 2009). Education now prepares medical and healthcare professional for the continuous evolution of technology also. “The introduction of e-learning to support teaching has increased the capablilty of staff, and been recognized as a useful component of professional development” (Dewhurst, Borgstein, Grant, & Begg 2009). With technology, it is easier for educators to overcome barriers to modernize their curriculum. “Information technologies have provided fertile ground for innovation in healthcare education” (Smothers, Greene, Ellaway, & Detmer 2008). The use of technology in medical and healthcare education will dramatically increase over time. “In
2009, the Obama administration passed the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, committing up to $27 billion of incentive payments to clinicians and hospitals over 10 years to encourage greater adoption and use of electronic health records (EHRs)” (Weiyi Toh, Wai Keung, & Yi-Lwern 2014). The impact by just switching over to EHRs could include increased completeness and accuracy of patient information, greater medical practice efficiency, better clinical decision support, and electronic prescribing. Educating medical students to complete EHRs will serve as a great benefit, as when these students get out onto the healthcare field.
Technology in education provides the benefit of efficiency in different aspects of the medical field. Entering the information into an electronic device is faster and more efficient than manually just having to write and keep up with. Records are easily obtainable and record keeping calls for less space when electronically done. It takes time to learn the essentials of any program, which is why these tasks are being taught in medical schools also. Technology adds efficiency in patient care. It also allows healthcare professionals to spend more time with their patients.
Technology in education provides the benefit of effectiveness in different aspects of the medical field. Using technology to enhance teaching and learning provides students with opportunities to develop effective and necessary skills. Healthcare educators “integrate education into practice” ” (Smothers, Greene, Ellaway, & Detmer 2008). Technological devices, such as smartphones, have increasingly been approved by medical professionals in their practices, giving progress to the realm of mobile health. The quality of healthcare is also on the rise because of technology. “Technology standards can also enable better...
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