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“The Challenges Faced by Clinical Practitioners due to Dynamic Change and New Technologies”
The purpose of writing this blog is to understand the issues of technological innovation in the field of clinical practice. As the fact is known to all that clinical practice and healthcare industry is one of the most crucial industries that are highly connected to the people. So, changes in this field create trust issues for the patients and various other problems for the nurses and medical practitioners as well. The aim of this blog is to analyze the contemporary issue of technology acting as a challenge for clinical practitioners and problem faced by people due to such dynamic changes as well. The later part also explains the strategic implementation of activities that can help the practitioners to resolve such problems (Thomas, 2015).
Contemporary Issues in Health Care and Challenges in Clinical Practices
There are various trends that show that the healthcare industry keeps on fluctuating resulting to which the clinical practitioners are in a constant need to train themselves in order to entertain the patients in their organization. Dynamic changes explain the trends present in the healthcare industry and technology acts as one of major challenge for the practitioners to initiate the regular activities properly (Gao, Li, & Luo, 2015). Let’s face this fact that an industry where there is presence of high degree of fluctuations and changes, the employee will not feel comfortable while working because they will face constant need to change according to the environment (Parikh, 2016). Technology can be looked as a positive as well as negative aspect for the growth of the industry and the organizations present in it. However, in healthcare industry technology is looked more as a challenge for them as they need to apply various tools and techniques while treating that can go wrong as well (Manners, 2017).
Impact of Problem on Individuals, Community and Workplace
Considering a healthcare organization that has many reputable and qualified nurses and medical practitioners. These people are having plenty of experience in this field as well, so it might get difficult for them people to incorporate changes in their regular practices by adopting hi-tech technology with them (Ventola, 2014). The General Practitioners who have attained an experience of more than 10 years face difficulty in adopting such technology in their process as they already have a defined process through which they treat a patient. Resulting to which, rigidity comes in the process of the medical practitioners that distracts them from implementing technology at workplace (Lewis, & Wyatt, 2014).
Another major fact is that they are themselves scared of using such technology on the patients as they do not know the proper use so it can negatively affect the patients as well. This can also result as ill-effects on the health of patients that can hamper their professional image as well (Schön, 2017). Apart from the threat of safety of the patients, use of technology negatively affects the safety of nurses and clinicians as well as they regularly face infrared beams in X-Rays, MRIs that affects as s risk for them. So, it should be noted that apart from aiding the people in the field of medical it acts as a challenge for the medical practitioners (Drasgow, 2015).
Further, relating the issue with the treatment of patients in the society it should be noted that technology comes with both pros and cons, so apart positive impacts it has negative impacts as well. Patient safety is one of the biggest issues attracted with them while treating themselves in an organization (Adibi, 2015). As technology is new to all the medical practitioners so there is risk for the patients to get treatment from the people who are at budding stage of using medical technology. Safety of patients is the foremost priority but sometimes errors can occur due to incompetency of the medical practitioners (Scoutaris, Ross, & Douroumis, 2016). On the part of medical practitioners it has already been discussed that they get a hard time understanding such technology and adopting it in their treatment. Further, if some of the GP deny using such technology and upgrading their practice according to the trends then they are called rigid and incompetent to perform well (Bronzino, 2014).
Trust is the major issue faced by all the people in the society with respect to the medical technology and emerging trends in the industry, neither the practitioners nor the patients easily rely on such technology. If a healthcare organization is adopting the dynamic trends and technology in their business then they should adequately take help from the qualified people and should not completely rely on such technology while performing them (Shanafelt, et. al., 2016). Technology somehow increases the waiting time for the patients and the treating time for the medical practitioners in the society. Apart from impact of technology on patients and medical practitioners individually, the dynamic trends and technology negatively affects the communities and workplace management as well. Talking about the community, it should be noted that according to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996, Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH), and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) of 2010, it is important for the organizations to maintain secrecy of the information provided by the patients to them during the course. During the e-health and virtual health practice, the practitioners in no way should disclose the personal information of the clients without their permission (Overstreet, 2015).
The HIPAA act lays various obligations on the organizations still the patient privacy is hampered in the society. Further, talking the issue of technology at workplace, it should be noted that one of the biggest issue related to technology at workplace is the problem of cost (Shachak, Borycki, & Reis, 2017). The management of healthcare centres face huge investment costs in adopting such technology, training the employees and maintaining and monitoring the work of such machines with technological advancement (Milligan, 2016). Also, the workplace faces conflicts as well, as the change management program leads to resistance of some employee to use such technology in their daily activity. So, these are some of the issues faced by the people present in society with the dynamic trends and technological changes in medical (Aungst, et. al., 2014).
Strategies in Acute Health Care
Furthermore, talking about the strategies that should be implemented in the acute care practitioners in community settings in order to compensate with the negative impact of dynamic trends and emerging technologies are discussed below:
- The acute care practitioners should not deny to the use of technology in their process as it makes them competent in the market. Further, they should aim to train themselves from the qualified millennial medical practitioners. These are those people who have adequate knowledge about technology and use them in the course of action as well (Cherrill, & Linsley, 2017). Further, apart from gaining knowledge about the use of these practices, the acute care practitioners in community settings should gain information about the things that they should not do in order to successfully perform the actions. With having adequate knowledge about the dos and don’ts the practitioners can successfully achieve success in the target market (Risling, 2017).
- The technology implemented should be affordable by people in the society; it should not create treatment as a burden for them. Although the fact is known that the use of such technology cost is high for the business and clinics but the practitioners should find out a way to help people get treated in low cost (Ware, 2017).
Strategies for Primary Health Care
- Good treatment is the rights for all people present in the society so primary care practitioners should provide benefits to the community through their day to day activities and provide healthcare facilities affordable.
- Lastly, the primary healthcare organizations should recruit more competent people who can manage should technology assist other people at workplace as well. The management should also initiate change management program to help the employees adopt change at workplace. Also, the technology used at workplace should be certified and be installed by the professional. They should also train the employees of the organization (Khushalani, & Ozcan, 2017).
The advanced practice nurse and nurse practitioners face various issues due to dynamic trends and technologies in the market. Education, resources and support all three aspects are required by them in order to successfully comply with the issue. The experienced practitioners face difficulty in adopting technology because they feel that they are not enough educated with information of such technology (Stoddart, & Evans, 2017). The trend of technology has appeared in some time from now and it was not use earlier resulting to which the experienced APNs face the difficulty of attaining education and resources as well. As such technology is majorly inaugurated by the healthcare centers so they can easily attain support from the organizations (Rosen, et. al., 2014).
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