ALL of us are STAKEHOLDER. Want to know why?

ALL of us are STAKEHOLDER. Want to know why?

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Stakeholder. A single word that most of us are confused of. According to a Medical Dictionary, stakeholder are people or organization involved financially or affected in a decision of an action. Therefore, I think all of us can be a stakeholder in healthcare. Not only because we pay health insurances and taxes for hospital bills but also because we are the end users of medical technology. I believe that the stakeholders of medical technology are the patients, the healthcare providers and the purchasers or payers. Addressing stakeholders of medical technology is very essential in achieving health innovation. To accomplished a well developed decision in medical technology, it is very necessary for the stakeholders to know the downside and edge of medical technology. My blog about the risks and benefits of medical technology reveals the fallacies of advancement in medical technology and asserts the advantages of modernized treatment. My advocacy is to bring awareness to the public especially to people who are interested in working in medical career to educate them as the stakeholder of healthcare.

I consider myself a stakeholder and all other common people for we are directly affected by any changes in healthcare. We will eventually experience being patients and use medical technology in some point of our life. Most patients agree to implement new technological devices because they believe that it will speed up their diagnostic, treatment and recovery process. We are stakeholders because we use medical technology whenever we go to hospital and small clinics. We also pay health insurances and bills and this money contributes to the development of new medical technology. We are the subject of the debate to whether the government will implement new medical devices and instruments. Before they develop a new change, they consider questions such as will this implementation increase the survival rate of patients? Is this more affordable for patients? And will this change in healthcare improved patients health condition and lifestyle? The decision of the implementation of modernized treatment will depend on the benefit of the patients because we are the number one reason of why changes in health happens which is to enhance our life.

The healthcare providers are also one of the stakeholders. This group includes the physicians, doctors, nurses, and the medical staff. They are also involved because they are the one who uses medical technology for the benefit of the patients. These group of people continuously provide care and support for people who needs help. They claim that it is better to implement medical technology because it improves the diagnosis and treatment of patients that could lead to better performance in the work area. It also helps in decreasing their work load resulting in a more active medical staff.

Purchasers and payers are indeed one of the most important stakeholders in medical technology. They are the one who purchase and buy medical technology. It is their decision if they will let the development of a new medical technology happen. Contrary to patients and healthcare providers, they think of not pursuing the medical advancement. They thought that it is very expensive and allowing the country to suffer financially. They play a big role in making decision of whether to purchase these new medical technology. They are important because they think of the standard care that it will provide to patients. Also they ask questions such as will it be really worth it to buy new equipments for patients? They not only think of the cost of updated healthcare but also the safety outcome that it will provide for the patients.

These stakeholders have different opinion and agendas. This is why they undergo a decision making process to achieve similar conclusion. This decision making process is what we called the rhetorical strategy which identify the problem and gives possible solution to the issue. Knowing who the stakeholder of the topic will be easier for us to understand how and why the issue occurred and this is because of the conflicting agendas of stakeholders. They are very significant in medical technology because they manage, handle and control the process in medical field.

Citations:

(1) Stakeholders [web blog post] retrieved February 25, 2015 from

http://thepatientfactor.com/understandthe-system/canadian-health-care-101/stakeholders/

(2) The effective healthcare program stakeholder guide [web blog post] retrieved February 25, 2015 from

http://www.ahrq.gov/research/findings/evidence-based-reports/stakeholderguide/chapter3.html

What’s GOOD and BAD in Medical Technology?

What’s GOOD and BAD in Medical Technology?

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The medical field has greatly advanced because of the innovations brought by technology. We all have witnessed how this technology has changed, shaped and enhanced our life. This makes the topic a fascinating study due to the influence that such rapidly advancing technologies has played in our daily lives. In fact, virtually all of us are using highly technological devices such as phones and computers that are greatly advanced, more powerful and sophisticated than just a few years ago!   Physicians and nurses now use these extraordinarily capable medical devices and machines to provide state of the art care to their patients!  This topic deserves further exploration; I want to expound upon the advantages and disadvantages of medical technology which many people may not be aware of.

Why should people care about this topic? It is simply because it is they who are benefiting from the advanced care and it is they who pay the taxes which contribute to the funding of medical and research technology. That being said, people should be concerned with how their funds are utilized, is it spent wisely and efficiently in this extraordinarily expensive field of health insurance and medical technology. The audience of my topic includes the people who work in the health care field, students who are interested in medical careers and everyday people. At some point we all will eventually visit a hospital for urgent health reasons and this is why it is really important for us to understand how the technology improves our health condition and also what the negative consequences of medical technology can be to us. Since I am a nursing major, I need to expand my knowledge in the medical field and I must keep abreast of the advancements in health care.

I want to assert the advantages of medical technology. Some of these are improved data coordination because of electronic data files, better and faster ways of diagnosing and treating patients and development of less invasive surgeries that minimize the pain and speed up recovery process. I have experienced several times the benefits of medical technology. One example of this is making appointment online which saves time and effort. Also, there are numerous modernized treatments that can be provided to people with serious medical condition. My grandmother, who was diagnosed with kidney problems, was treated through a dialysis machine which helps her kidney to function. It is obvious that technology is truly conquering the health world.

Contrarily, there are also negative things to be considered. First, it is very expensive. The country must be able to bear the expense to pursue the advances that is very pricey. Second, it does not give the doctors the assurance of saving life; some medical technology is very hazards and death may result without a highly skilled team utilizing the equipment. In fact, CT scans and the X-ray machines expose people to dangerous radiation which is very bad to our health. Files are now saved electronically. Once files are deleted, whether it is intentionally or accidentally, you can’t retrieve the files back. Software can have virus or malfunction to systems which can delay medical processes and may result in dangerous circumstances during medical procedures. Additionally, it requires sophisticated training and adaptation skills of all medical staff; they must master and be able to use technology and other devices properly. There is an education gap among the nurses and doctors of today that were educated prior to the rapid advances in modern care and technologies, advanced training for them is expensive and time consuming. This is a hindrance to their performance and ability to provide the best care to their patients.

I believe that being well aware and well educated on this topic will provide us a better understanding of the emergence of technology in the medical field. It is fair to expose the downside of having rapidly advancing technology to our health care even as it has transformed our lives to a more advanced and enhanced lifestyle. Many people including myself are doing research about this because they want to expand their knowledge about technology particularly in medical field. They are looking into this particular topic because they want to know what dilemmas this technology may bring to our health so they can prevent it. To discover the possible solutions for these problems, I will need to continue to investigate and educate myself in this fascinating field of medical research we are in. Since our society never stops inventing new technology, we should keep track of the news, events and issues about medical technology to enhance our life choices and avoid mistakes.

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