Immediate communication in healthcare can happen through forms of social media such as Skype, Skype and video conferencing. Traditional forms of communication like phone notes and letters may continue to be used for information sharing between health providers and patients. By way of instance, physicians and patients can send and text messages to one another. It’s very important that social media messaging be used to reduce the time required to attain knowledge of the individual condition and overall wellbeing.
Using social media communication tools shouldn’t make indirect communication obsolete. In cases of technology immunity and lack of access to social media, health providers will be asked to communicate face to face with patients and their relatives. Sometimes it could be easier and quicker to communicate with patients through other media like third parties. Physicians and patients may communicate through third parties such as nurses, personal caregivers, family and relatives of individuals who might be not able to communicate. In other cases, it may be advantageous for family or caregivers to inform patients of their illness. A spouse or parent could be empathetic in distributing negative information to patients.
As a small island developing country, Trinidad and Tobago face serious health issues which may be minimized by proper investment in social networking technology. The significant challenges include a lack of ambulances, bed shortages, and acute shortage of highly specialized medical knowledge and practice. Three additional acute problems are hospital overcrowding, limited access to biomedical technology and drug shortages. These issues are exacerbated by traffic congestion that leads to poor road infrastructure. Health and infrastructural challenges frequently combine to affect the quality of healthcare for patients with restricted access to health centers negatively.
This paper suggests that the quality of patient care for less critically ill patients could be improved by the adoption of social networking tools that will enable physicians and other health providers to view and listen to their patients in remote sites like specialized care centers and patient residences. The major intention of social networking usage is to reduce overcrowding, improve access to healthcare, promote effective pain control and reduce patient mortality or death. Many patients could be released from the hospital and be cared for at convalescent and private houses where suppliers can monitor and assess their progress via Skype, video conferencing, zoom or other appropriate technology.
The state can encourage technological progress and innovation to produce social networking tools widely available, highly reliable and very efficient. Investment in innovation should lead to the introduction of local media technology that may improve the occurrence of multiple users at exactly the exact same time. As an example, physicians, pharmacists, nurses and other health providers need to have the ability to interface simultaneously to be able to ensure patients get the best care. The physician will maintain the main provider role but need to be able to take advice from other suppliers who may spend more communication time with patients. At length, after health providers have reached a position of consensus on the way ahead, patients and their loved ones could be brought in to ensure that the agreed treatment plan is understood and clarified. The individual will become the largest beneficiary of a collaborative approach among health providers. He’ll receive faster, more efficient care from a multidisciplinary team of healthcare providers.
Technology should enable patient surveillance in a virtual setting which should reduce the time and dangers of taking weak and incapacitated patients to a hospital or care facility. Moreover, providers can provide safe and effective care to patients that are in distant locations. Additionally, it suggests that patients warded in the hospital could benefit from direct contact with health providers who’d have more time to spend together. 1 advantage which can’t be underscored is the learning which will accrue from evidence-based practice.
Health professionals can learn from one another and create innovative collaborative approaches to healthcare. Patients will get consistent instruction or guidance from health professionals. The use of social networking technology in health care will also enable individuals to have sessions with health providers separately. Using electronic health records will improve patient care tremendously. Health providers will have the ability to access patient information quicker and simpler thus cutting down the time taken to look after patients.
Technological advancement has to be accompanied by cultural change. The largest change, technology acceptance, should ensure that resistance to technology is reduced. Change must cause significant gains in patient education so that they become more accountable for their general health. Patient empowerment programs have to be implemented to provide increased patient self-efficacy.
To put it differently, patients must have the ability to diagnose partly, monitor and evaluate changes in their physical and psychological health. They must have the ability to detect substantial health changes as a way to link them to factors like diet, changes in their physical environment and overall increases in emotional, mental and psychological stress. The overarching purpose is to allow doctors to make faster, more precise, diagnoses of individual health issues.
This paper acknowledges the limitation of social networking technology such as technological failure or malfunction. But this challenge can be overcome by placing the necessary personnel in place to react quickly to it. What’s more, this paper purports that systemic issues like bed and ambulance shortages will be reduced considerably by using social media technology to look after patients who don’t require hospitalization or critical care.
In most countries, patients complain about long wait times in hospitals. This paper suggests that the use of social networking tools can enhance the quality of healthcare, save lives and time. They can encourage a collaborative approach among different health providers that will benefit patients and encourage greater efficiency in the health system.