Throughout history, technological
advancements have appeared for one purpose before finding applications
elsewhere that lead to spikes in its usage and development. The
internet, for example, was originally developed to share research before
becoming a staple of work and entertainment. But technology—new and
repurposed—will undoubtedly continue to be a driver of healthcare
information. Informaticists often stay tuned to trends to monitor what
the next new technology will be or how the next new idea for applying
existing technology can benefit outcomes.
In this Discussion, you will reflect on your healthcare
organization’s use of technology and offer a technology trend you
observe in your environment.
Post a brief description of general healthcare
technology trends, particularly related to data/information you have
observed in use in your healthcare organization or nursing practice.
Describe any potential challenges or risks that may be inherent in the
technologies associated with these trends you described. Then, describe
at least one potential benefit and one potential risk associated with
data safety, legislation, and patient care for the technologies you
described. Next, explain which healthcare technology trends you believe
are most promising for impacting healthcare technology in nursing
practice and explain why. Describe whether this promise will contribute
to improvements in patient care outcomes, efficiencies, or data
management. Be specific and provide examples.