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Finding the Right Balance between Technology and Patient Care
The advent of patient care technologies is revolutionizing the ways nursing care is conceptualized and delivered. Traditionally, nurses would rely extensively on the senses of touch, smell and sight to gauge a patient’s medical condition. Today, technology is changing the way nursing care is practiced.
Consider pulse oxymetry for instance, which allows the nurses to recognize decreased oxygenation levels among patients even before they exhibit any clinical symptoms and initiate the right treatments. The patient care technologies can be further classified. Categorized by commonly understood nursing activities, these technologies include direct nursing care, delivery technology, communication technology, patient and nurse protective devices, and patient monitoring and surveillance. Well-architected technologies facilitate nurses to focus more on care giving functions and promote the health of patients.
Another vital element in this realm is documenting healthcare information. Technology providers are coming up with specialized information management systems, designed for nurses to make documentation more prompt and streamlined. That being said, the electronic patient record has become an important aspect of the information workflow, and using information technology will only result in improved patient outcomes.
Better healthcare outcomes including quality of life measures are the consequence of a multifaceted association between patient, nurse, and the patient care technologies. A well-built foundation for addressing these pain points is the secret behind maintaining this balance. Finding the right balance between technology and patient care is an enduring process that will rely on forward thinking and perseverance of today's modern nursing professional and the support of nursing informatics specialists.