Influence of Technology
Technology in healthcare has improved and affected various outcomes for providers and patients. One of the affected areas includes patient engagement and empowerment because technology provides necessary information to clients to make critical decisions relating to their care. Nursing informatics and clinical systems will continue to affect patient care (McGonigle & Mastrian, 2018). Although technology has influenced almost all aspects of health care, patient education is among the most affected areas.
Technology will continue to provide necessary information to patients to improve their health and manage their conditions, especially among those with chronic illnesses. Nurses administrators and educators will work with the technology to learn and empower their patients to achieve self-care objectives. They will implement technology as part of their patient care objectives to improve the safety and quality outcomes for their patients (McBride & Tietze, 2016). The current trends reveal the potential for technological improvement in health care. For example, patients will use wearable devices to achieve self-care and manage their diseases, such as diabetes (Heintzman, 2016). Through technology, they will become more involved in their care and reduce the burden from nurses and other health care providers. The primary role for nurse administrators and educators will be educating patients on how to use the technology to achieve their health objectives and improve outcomes.
Information technology plays a significant role and will remain relevant in improving safety and quality outcomes for patients. It will enhance the engagement of patients in their care through empowerment and the use of tools such as wearable devices. In the future, technological applications will advance to reduce the burden of care from nurses and other providers, hence improve self-care in disease management.