CurrentInformation and Communication Technologies
Use of emails has several advantages to the nurses and healthcareinstitution as a whole in that it offers convenience to both thehealth practitioners as well as patients. One important aspect isthat emails can be written at any time. This feature means that itcan be sent during the day or night thus making it convenient forthose who are not able to make consultations during the workinghours. The same applies to the respondents who can do so at any giventime and in circumstances where the question asked might be hard, itthen gives for more research time (Lindsay & Gitelman, 2012).
Use of emails and social media such as Facebook and Twitter play asignificant role especially to those living in the remote communitiesor even those with disabilities who may not have easy access to faceto face appointments (Ressler & Glazer, 2010). This kind ofhealth care provision helps in reaching out all groups of peoplehence reducing social inequities.
Unfortunately, the use of this tool of communication has beendiscouraged by the low usage of digital communication and use ofelectronic health record. The adoption of the system limits theindustry from improving the safety and quality of the patient care inthat time efficiency for documentation have improved significantlyfor the nurses and physician (Lindsay & Gitelman, 2012). However,for successful application and implementation, a considerableinvestment which cost a lot of million dollars needs to be thought offor the projects.
In conclusion, the use and application of new communication toolssuch as health records, emails, and social media affect theconfidentiality, accountability and operations in hospitals. However,it plays a major role in patients’ wellbeing by improving theirconvenience and accessibility which in the long run empowerssociety’s welfare.
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Ressler, P., & Glazer, G. (2010). Legislative: Nursing’sengagement in health policy and healthcare through social media.OJIN: The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing, 16(1), 1-5.