Computer Technology and Health Care
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This paper demonstrates the impact of computer technology on health care and medicine and relates that technology has made health professionals more efficient than before and saved many lives. The paper then discusses, however, how these positive contributions of computer technology increase costs of health services, particularly in the period when health services in many countries are being privatized. Furthermore, the paper asserts that since computer-based health technology is costly, it will be never tailored to the needs of poor countries, where fewer resources exist to buy the technology. According to this paper, the global challenge in health is not about developing a few sophisticated technologies but to expand low-cost primary health care services for millions of poor children and adults.
From the Paper:"The use of computer technology in health care cuts both ways in regard to patient's well-being. The precision offered by it removes the guesswork of health professionals that was needed previously and thus reduces the risk of medication administration. At the same time, the complexity emerging from the increased use of the technology has given rise to a new worry about patient safety. Human errors of health professionals, that caused risks, are likely to be replaced by inefficiency in or ignorance of handling computerized health technology appropriately.
"The advocates of computerized health technology claim that although the technology is sophisticated, it does not require frontline health professionals to undergo any sophisticated training. Additionally, modern online technology ensures that a professional implements his or her decision after receiving signals that the patient's situation has been properly verified. Computer technology includes a built-in system to prevent human errors, that is, errors are identified and eliminated before administering medication."
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