Technology & Healthcare Delivery

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Impact of Technology in Healthcare Delivery Technology makes the world go round and it comes as no shock that it continues to have a major impact on how healthcare is delivered in the U.S. Hospitals depend on many different types of technology to allow them to be able to function daily. One example would be information technology. About 10 years ago, most hospital records were kept in files and folders in cabinets. But over the years there has been a shift to information technology. Within the last couple of years, healthcare facilities use computers to lessen the paperwork load and also the possibility of damage or loss to the medical records kept in storage. This changes how information is managed and stored. Many physicians depend on technology with diagnostic capabilities to prevent further worsening of the patients’ conditions. But understanding technology has been a real problem due to the fact that technology is always changing and evolving. This leads to more funds being put into training the staff and physicians to learn how to operate these machines effectively. It also doesn’t help that as the technology evolves, it becomes more expensive. Todd C. Linden, MHA, FACHE, President & CEO of Grinnell Regional Medical Center stated that CT scanners which made thicker slices of section of the diagnostic area of the body have been upgraded to produce thinner slices of sections. The prices of these technology advances have increased from a couple of hundred thousands of dollars to multi-million dollar pieces of equipments. In this rough economy, it is challenging to keep up with these types of technologies. It puts a financial strain on the healthcare institution, but many times they have proved to be worth the cost. So I believe as healthcare administrators, we must find a balance for the need, use, and maintenance of technology used in the healthcare

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