Direct communication in well being care can happen through types of social media equivalent to Skype, zoom and video conferencing. Traditional types of communication equivalent to phone, notes and letters can proceed for use for info sharing between well being suppliers and sufferers. For instance, docs and sufferers can textual content and ship messages to 1 one other. It is crucial that social media messaging be used to cut back the time taken to acquire knowledge on affected person situation and basic wellbeing.
The use of social media communication instruments shouldn’t make oblique communication out of date. In cases of know-how resistance and lack of entry to social media, well being suppliers shall be required to speak nose to nose with sufferers and their family. Sometimes it could be simpler and sooner to speak with sufferers through different media equivalent to third events. Doctors and sufferers can talk through third events equivalent to nurses, private caregivers, household and family of sufferers who could also be unable to speak. In different cases, it could be advantageous for household or caregivers to tell sufferers of their situation. A partner or father or mother could also be empathetic in conveying unfavourable information to sufferers.
As a small island growing nation, Trinidad and Tobago faces severe well being challenges that may be minimized by acceptable funding in social media know-how. The main challenges embody scarcity of ambulances, mattress shortages, and acute scarcity of extremely specialised medical knowledge and follow. Three further acute issues are hospital overcrowding, restricted availability of biomedical know-how and drug shortages. These issues are exacerbated by site visitors congestion that outcomes from poor highway infrastructure. Health and infrastructural challenges usually mix to impression the standard of healthcare for sufferers with restricted entry to well being services negatively.
This paper proposes that the standard of affected person take care of much less critically in poor health sufferers may be enhanced by the adoption of social media instruments that may allow docs and different well being suppliers to see and listen to their sufferers in distant websites equivalent to specialised care services and affected person residences. The most important intention of social media utilization is to cut back overcrowding, enhance entry to healthcare, promote efficient ache administration and cut back affected person loss of life or mortality. Many sufferers may be launched from hospital and be cared for at convalescent and personal houses the place suppliers can monitor and consider their progress through Skype, video conferencing, zoom or different acceptable know-how.
The state can promote technological development and innovation to make social media instruments extensively accessible, extremely dependable and really environment friendly. Investment in innovation ought to result in the introduction of native media know-how that may improve the phenomenon of a number of customers on the similar time. For occasion, docs, pharmacists, nurses and different well being suppliers ought to be capable to interface concurrently in order to make sure sufferers obtain the very best care. The physician will keep the first supplier function however ought to be capable to take recommendation from different suppliers who could spend extra communication time with sufferers. Finally after well being suppliers have attained a place of consensus on the best way ahead, sufferers and their family may be introduced in to make sure that the agreed remedy plan is defined and understood. The affected person will turn into the most important beneficiary of a collaborative strategy amongst well being suppliers. He will obtain sooner, extra environment friendly care from a multidisciplinary workforce of healthcare suppliers.
Technology ought to allow affected person surveillance in a digital setting that ought to cut back the time and hazards of taking weak and incapacitated sufferers to a hospital or care facility. In addition, suppliers can provide secure and environment friendly care to sufferers who’re in distant places. It additionally signifies that sufferers warded at hospital would profit from extra direct contact with well being suppliers who would have extra time to spend with them. One benefit that can’t be underscored is the educational that may accrue from proof primarily based follow. Health professionals can be taught from each other and develop revolutionary collaborative approaches to healthcare. Patients will obtain constant instruction or recommendation from well being professionals. Use of social media know-how in well being care can even allow sufferers to have classes with well being suppliers individually. The use of digital well being information will improve affected person care tremendously. Health suppliers will be capable to entry affected person info sooner and simpler thus lowering the time taken to take care of sufferers.
Technological development should be accompanied by cultural change. The largest change, know-how acceptance, ought to make sure that resistance to know-how is lowered. Change should result in vital beneficial properties in affected person training in order that they turn into extra liable for their total well being. Patient empowerment packages should be carried out to offer larger affected person self efficacy. In different phrases, sufferers should be capable to diagnose partially, monitor and consider modifications in their bodily and psychological well being. They should be capable to detect vital well being modifications and be capable to relate them to elements equivalent to food regimen, modifications in their bodily surroundings and basic will increase in emotional, psychological and psychological stress. The overarching objective is to allow docs to make sooner, extra correct, diagnoses of affected person well being issues.
This paper acknowledges the limitation of social media know-how equivalent to technological failure or malfunction,. However, this problem may be overcome by placing the required personnel in place to reply shortly to it. More importantly, this paper purports that systemic issues equivalent to mattress and ambulance shortages shall be lowered considerably by way of social media know-how to take care of sufferers who don’t require hospitalization or important care.