The Advances in Technology
The advances in technology have revolutionary redesigned the way the patients are treated nowadays. New communication tools can ensure the safe transmittal of information from the medical facilities directly to the patient's applications. Yet, there is a need for the algorithm of actions that would facilitate the use of informatics and the technologies in the healthcare industry. Below is presented a short draft providing for the set of actions to reach the declared aim.
First of all, it should be stressed that the safe use of technology and informatics is to be proved and well-researched. In order to reach this aim the government together with the healthcare industry representatives should establish a network of the researching institutions that would prove the positive outcomes from application of informatics and certain technologies. Some prototypes have already existed. Ortiz & Clancy (2003) note that as within the framework of its Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) program, AHRQ financed the comprehensive review of IT tools and technologies to evaluate the evidence on interventions to reduce medical errors and improve patient safety.
The second step is to disseminate the results of the researches. It could be performed through the publications of the peer-reviewed journals as well as in the mass-media articles and reports. What is more important, there is a need to ensure that the practitioners and policy makers would be aware of these findings as they are those who adopt the policies and who implement them (Cassano, 2014). It could be realized through the establishment of the national database that will encompass the documentation that woud report the findings of the researches. Additionally, the partnership links among the healthcare facilities could also facilitate the exchange of the information.
Finally, the use of technologies and It could be facilitated by explaining its positive effects to the physicians and end-users, i.e. patients. It could be performed trough the formal and informal educational projects.
The Pod/Vodcasts are considered as innovative tools for educating enlarged amount of people at the same time. It proved to be effective in many cases. Yet, some still report the areas of their work that need to be improved. This paper briefly discusses the advantage and disadvantages of the Pod/Vodcast use.
These tools are beneficial for the patients who are not able to move or experience certain hardship while performing basic movements. Additionally, the Pod/Vodcasts could reach the patients who are living in the rural areas or those who need to travel during the treatment. Basically, everything that is required is the proper web-access and the technologies, either PC or portable iPads. The podcasts are also of great benefit as they are extremely convenient especially those transmitted via social media (Schmidt et al, 2012). The information that is podcasted can be downloaded and reviewed when it is comfortable for the user. Frequently, they are free of charge. Moreover, they are powerful tools for saving time and money that are usually spent for the oral trainings (Ventola, 2014). These resources, flowingly, could be redirected for the solution of more urgent needs. Finally, the podcasts are easy to use which is important for the elder patients who are not always familiar with the use of the modern technologies.
Whereas some of the features of the Pod/Vodcats are beneficial to some patients, for the rest they might constitute a problem. For example, the patient might experience hardships in accessing the online podcasts due to improper wi-fi signal (Jones, Thomas & Roberts, 2013). Secondly, the podcasts and vodcasts lack interactivity and human factor. Here, the patients cannot put questions immediately or offer input. Additionally, the use of the podacsts might violate copyright laws and regulations and incur certain financial implications.