Decision Support and Innovative Informatics Tools
“Never before in history has innovation offered promise of so much to so many in so short a time.” – Bill Gates (as cited in Frazer, 2007)
Technological innovations are dramatically changing how the health care industry operates. One example of this change is the transformation of gaming systems and virtual worlds into effective health care devices. Today’s gaming systems are capable of strengthening motor skills during rehabilitation, while virtual worlds promote a form of nonjudgmental communication and self-confidence for those patients who suffer from physical and mental limitations. Innovations such as these have been well received as they promote health in a positive and entertaining way.
In this week’s Discussion, you appraise how these innovations can enhance health care practices. Focus on analyzing innovations with which you may be unfamiliar. For example, you may choose to look at the fields of decision support, robotics, telehealth, and nanotechnologies.
Olsen, S. (2008, May 29). Wii-habilitation, health games get $2 million study grant. CNET News.
Retrieved from http://news.cnet.com/8301-10784_3-9955083-7.html
Tanner, L. (2008, February 9). Hospital using Wii in combat injury rehab. Navy Times.
Retrieved from http://www.navytimes.com/news/2008/02/ap_wiihabilitation_080209/
Mollman, S. (2007, July 27). Wii + Second Life = New training simulator. Wired.
Retrieved from http://www.wired.com/gadgets/miscellaneous/news/2007/07/wiimote
Frazer, G. (2007, December 6). How to nurture innovation in your business. Computer Weekly.
Retrieved from http://www.computerweekly.com/Articles/2007/12/06/228478/How-to-nurture-innovation-in-your-business.htm
By tomorrow Wednesday 10/11/17, 12 pm, write a minimum of 350 – 550 words essay in APA format. Use at least 3 references from the list of required reading below. Include the level one headings as numbered below
post a cohesive response that addresses the following:
1) Describe your selected technology, including when it was first introduced into the health care industry.
2) Assess the applications of the technology, noting the benefits and potential challenges of the innovation.
3) Appraise the potential of the innovation to improve health care practice and related outcomes.
Course Text: Ball, M. J., Douglas, J. V., Hinton Walker, P., DuLong, D., Gugerty, B., Hannah, K. J., . . . Troseth, M. R. (Eds.) (2011). Nursing informatics: Where technology and caring meet (4th ed.). London, England: Springer-Verlag.
Chapter 18, “Extending Care: Voice Technology”
Chapter 21, “Local Global Access: Virtual Learning Environments”
Chapter 18 provides an overview of the capability of voice assistive technologies to address the demands of health care environments. Chapter 21 features classroom technology trends that are equipping future nurses for practice.
Course Text: American Nurses Association. (2008). Nursing informatics: Scope and standards of practice. Silver Spring, MD: Author.
“The Future of Nursing Informatics” (pp. 52-62)
“Integrated Functional Areas: Telehealth and Informatics” (pp. 36-37)
The excerpts found here provide an overview of future advancements of informational technology systems’ hardware and design models.
Munih, M., & Bajd, T. (2010). VI.3. Rehabilitation robotics. Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, 152, 353–366.
In this article, the authors delve into the future of rehabilitation by examining the ways that virtual reality and robotics will transform exercise and management systems used by physical therapists.
Nolan, R. P., Upshur, R. E., Lynn, H., Cricht