ICT In Healthcare

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The use of information technology and communication technologies (ICT) in healthcare, often referred to as ‘eHealth’, has now become an essential part of modern nursing practice and is considered by all four countries in the U.K. as an approach to improving healthcare (BAIN 2012). Evidence suggests this has led to improved patient safety and healthcare experiences and better work life experiences for healthcare professionals (The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) 2011). The World Health Organisation (2016) defines eHealth as the application of ICT in healthcare to, for example, care for patients, aid research, track disease progression and monitor public health. eHealth, through using ICT systems in healthcare, also concerns the promotion, empowerment…show more content…
This has resulted in potential benefits for both patients and health boards, such as less need to travel for outpatient appointments, quicker diagnosis and less need for hospital referrals for diagnosis and treatments (The Scottish Government 2009). According to Davidson (2014), multiple factors can impede on an individual’s ability to access health services, such as low incomes and greater responsibilities like having to juggle work and family commitments, a lack of finances or appropriate transportation or inconvenient operating hours. Access to health services for children, young people and families in the more remote and rural communities of north Scotland remains a challenge for health…show more content…
Potential benefits include identification of early symptoms, rapid response to exacerbations in their illnesses and teaching patients to self-manage. For example, telehealth ensured stroke suffers in south and east of Scotland to have access to a stroke specialist via VC, allowing them to receive thrombolysis (clot-busting treatment) within 4.5 hours, in line with best practice. Receiving this treatment has the potential advantage of reducing the individual’s time spent in hospital and need for further rehabilitation services, leading to improved patient outcomes and possibly reduced healthcare costs. This is an example of telehealth facilitating an accurate and timely diagnosis where specialist opinion was not previously

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