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Bring the Doctor Home: Technology Advances

There are many electronic devices that assist in the Health and Human services field. Clients and patients often want frequent updates on health information, or quick assistance when trying to see the doctor. Many innovations have been patented to assist those in need of greater medical care.

Technologies have also been upgraded to benefit patients. This technology can be accessed through the internet, using a web-cam, through monitors on television screens, and many other ways. This will allow a doctor to see more patients in a shorter period; however, this may take away the jobs of nurses and aids. As a patient this technology is easy, accessible, and overall fast. Taking the time to go to the doctors office in the comfort of your very own home is very appealing. If I were a nurse; however, this could be detrimental to my job if I worked in a doctors office. There are still nurses, aids, LPN’s and RN’s needed in hospitals and trauma units. If I were a nurse, and I lost my job to virtual house calls, I would take that as my opportunity to work in a facility that could provide a better annual income than working in a doctors office.

When one is suffering from a physical handicap, their means truly are limited. Doctor visits can become more expensive, as a caretaker may have to transport the patient to the doctor or hospital. There are many concerns about medical care, and many aspects that could be compromised if virtual technology were not high priority, secure, and safe guarded with software, or spy ware. Seeing a doctor can be possible from your own home via-web-cam. This also promotes health, as those who are physically handicapped, paraplegic for example, may have compromised immunity.

Viruses and bacteria thrive in doctor’s offices. Children are the main culprits in spreading bacteria that can make you ill. Many children to go the doctors office each day which can cause a cesspool of germs for one to contract. If an individual with a compromised immune system were to use virtual house calls as an alternative, they may not get as sick as often. Well-visits would consist of check-up and nothing more. This brings comfort to the patient that they can go to the doctor in the privacy of their own homes.

Virtual house calls could cause legal issues, in that doctors would be able to see patients where ever they chose. This could lead a doctor to visiting with a patient over his lab-top while enjoying dinner with his friends. This breeches HIPAA, which every person who receives medical attention is entitled to. There are many more issues to be considered when using a computer to give medical advice or care

When considering technology and ethical issues that may arise we must consider fraud, theft, system scrambling and viruses that attack a computer’s hard drive. Fraud can be more easily committed over the Internet when one does not have to show photo ID, or give social security numbers. Computer and file hacking within an Intranet is a very real occurrence, this could violate patientclient rights as personal information could be altered, breached or deleted. Theft can become an issue if one is able to commit fraud and assume another’s identity and gain benefits. This is how theft plays into ethical issues in the technology sector of Health and Human Services. If an individual is able to obtain user name and passwords for an Intranet or Extranet system, this entire system could fail due to scrambling. When a system fails information can potentially be lost. If there is no paper work documenting the information contained in clients files, all patient and client information is lost. There are laws set into place to protect these issues; however, these issues are still occurring in technology. Spyware and virus software may be able to protect your computer; however, sometimes these systems fail and information can be compromised.Technology has been updated to accommodate the world and the speed in which it operates. Everyone can gain from these benefits, as the Internet can bring doctor and patient together. A paraplegic who lives alone will have to make routine doctor visits, this is when virtual house calls are most beneficial. There are some issues and glitches within this system which could compromise patient health and confidentiality. Virtual house calls could also cause nurses who work in doctor’s offices to lose their jobs, as they will not be needed in the exam room for assistance. Overall this is a personal choice, and one that has more benefits than detriments.


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