Benefits And Drawbacks Of Ict in Medicine

The benefits of ICT in medicine are…

•Information is always available, cannot be lost, or left sitting on a desk.

•Information is available to users in different locations, such as doctor in clinic, nurse in ward or radiologist in x-ray department.

•Information can be easily read

•Results from tests in hospital can be added to a patient’s record as soon as the test is complete, which will be available immediately to the doctor.

•ICT can be used to perform life saving operations via robots!!!! For example if someone had a bad heart condition and needed a vital operation and the health professional was unable to perform it then a robot could perform the operation by the commands of another surgeon elsewhere.

•Some hospitals are now experimenting with smart cards.
-Smart cards are electronic cards which the patient keeps with them and contains all of their medical records.
-These cards will have to be taken every time they visit a doctor, dentist, pharmacist or hospital.
-The smart card can store a complete medical history and can be updated at the end of each visit.

The drawbacks of ICT in medicine are…

•If the computer network goes down, information is unavailable. This could be inconvenient or may even be life threatening.

•All staff will need training in the use of the software

•Part time staff may not be trained and cannot access vital information.

•Some staff may be resistant or fearful of using ICT.

•It is very expensive to set up.

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