Direct communication in well being care can happen by way of types of social media comparable to Skype, zoom and video conferencing. Conventional types of communication comparable 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 at least one one other. It’s crucial that social media messaging be used to scale back the time taken to acquire data on affected person situation and basic wellbeing.
Using social media communication instruments mustn’t make oblique communication out of date. In cases of expertise resistance and lack of entry to social media, well being suppliers can be required to speak nose to nose with sufferers and their family members. Typically it might be simpler and quicker to speak with sufferers by way of different media comparable to third events. Docs and sufferers can talk by way of third events comparable to nurses, private caregivers, household and family members of sufferers who could also be unable to speak. In different cases, it might be advantageous for household or caregivers to tell sufferers of their situation. A partner or guardian could also be empathetic in conveying unfavorable 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 expertise. The foremost challenges embrace scarcity of ambulances, mattress shortages, and acute scarcity of extremely specialised medical data and follow. Three extra acute issues are hospital overcrowding, restricted availability of biomedical expertise and drug shortages. These issues are exacerbated by visitors congestion that outcomes from poor highway infrastructure. Well being and infrastructural challenges typically 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 ailing sufferers will be enhanced by the adoption of social media instruments that can allow docs and different well being suppliers to see and listen to their sufferers in distant websites comparable to specialised care services and affected person residences. The principle intention of social media utilization is to scale back overcrowding, enhance entry to healthcare, promote efficient ache administration and cut back affected person dying or mortality. Many sufferers will be launched from hospital and be cared for at convalescent and personal properties the place suppliers can monitor and consider their progress by way of Skype, video conferencing, zoom or different acceptable expertise.
The state can promote technological development and innovation to make social media instruments extensively accessible, extremely dependable and really environment friendly. Funding in innovation ought to result in the introduction of native media expertise that may improve the phenomenon of a number of customers on the similar time. As an illustration, docs, pharmacists, nurses and different well being suppliers ought to have the ability to interface concurrently in an effort to guarantee sufferers obtain the perfect care. The physician will keep the first supplier function however ought to have the ability to take recommendation from different suppliers who could spend extra communication time with sufferers. Lastly after well being suppliers have attained a place of consensus on the way in which ahead, sufferers and their family members will be introduced in to make sure that the agreed therapy plan is defined and understood. The affected person will develop into the most important beneficiary of a collaborative method amongst well being suppliers. He’ll obtain quicker, extra environment friendly care from a multidisciplinary staff of healthcare suppliers.
Know-how 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. As well as, suppliers may give protected 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 training that can accrue from proof based mostly follow. Well being professionals can be taught from each other and develop progressive collaborative approaches to healthcare. Sufferers will obtain constant instruction or recommendation from well being professionals. Use of social media expertise in well being care will even allow sufferers to have classes with well being suppliers individually. Using digital well being information will improve affected person care tremendously. Well being suppliers will have the ability to entry affected person info quicker and simpler thus decreasing the time taken to take care of sufferers.
Technological development should be accompanied by cultural change. The most important change, expertise acceptance, ought to be sure that resistance to expertise is lowered. Change should result in important good points in affected person schooling so that they develop into extra accountable for their total well being. Affected person empowerment packages should be carried out to offer better affected person self efficacy. In different phrases, sufferers should have the ability to diagnose partially, monitor and consider adjustments of their bodily and psychological well being. They need to have the ability to detect important well being adjustments and have the ability to relate them to components comparable to eating regimen, adjustments of their bodily atmosphere and basic will increase in emotional, psychological and psychological stress. The overarching aim is to allow docs to make quicker, extra correct, diagnoses of affected person well being issues.
This paper acknowledges the limitation of social media expertise comparable to technological failure or malfunction,. Nonetheless, this problem will be overcome by placing the required personnel in place to reply rapidly to it. Extra importantly, this paper purports that systemic issues comparable to mattress and ambulance shortages can be lowered considerably by means of social media expertise to take care of sufferers who don’t require hospitalization or essential care.