Ensures Effective Documentation of Records
There is an old adage in the healthcare field that, if you didn’t document it, it didn’t happen. Proper documentation is absolutely necessary to the effective care of an individual. Technology has allowed for a system that ensures proper, time-stamped documentation into a shared system for anyone who needs those records to see. The University of Illinois at Chicago found that, “Being able to accumulate lab results, records of vital signs and other critical patient data into one centralized area has transformed the level of care and efficiency a patient can expect to receive when they enter the healthcare system.” This boom of technology in healthcare has been hugely beneficial in the documentation of health records for the patient.
Assists with Early Detection of Disease
Early diagnosis of diseases can be a deciding factor in the ability to treat and cure them. There are a wide variety of diseases that technology is able to assist in the early detection and treatment of. For example, bedroom and bathroom monitors are able to monitor the sleeping habits of seniors in senior care and detect any abnormalities before they may be able to notice it themselves. One way that it is able to assist in the detection of an issue is that it can tell if the individual is getting up and going to the bathroom multiple times a night which can help alert the nurses in the building to a potential urinary tract infection (UTI.) By noticing it and treating it early, the senior stands a much better chance at the effective treatment of a UTI than if it had gone unnoticed for an extended period of time. Through technology, diseases are being detected earlier leading to an increased rate of survival.