Technology should enhance a smooth running of activities around hospitals to allow for fast and satisfactory outcomes with no or minimal error. This is in consideration that nurses influence patients’ lives. A response system that can instantly link the supply department and the pharmacy would not only ease the application and order processing for the nurses, but also shorten the waiting process for the patients. Thus, queuing at hospitals is reduced. The ability to view several patients at the same time from a central computer enables a nurse to reduce the number of visits to the wards. Drastic changes can easily be noted and communicated to nurses leading to the lowering of risks for patients. Such systems also allow for quick responses to emergencies.
Nurses versus Computer Technology
Even with the best computer systems, the society needs nurses. Patients are fragile persons. Despite the ability to ease work in hospitals, computers cannot execute tasks such as interacting with patients to obtain clear information from them, creating a social and warm atmosphere or giving advice. Computers can breakdown any time. Running a hospital with systems that fail any time is a risk. Technology is meant to ease or fasten operations while reducing errors in order to help nurses work well.
Benefits of Technology to the Society
Technology, when adopted and used appropriately, helps the society work faster and more accurately. It eases the work load when keeping records. It also enhances the ability to obtain relevant information. Even with all the advantages, technology cannot prevent the need for acute care (treatment for patients with acute illnesses or surgery) as it requires pampered care since patients in these conditions are riskier. Rather they can help improve access to care although costs may go up as equipment has to be maintained frequently.