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Peer 1: Vanessa –
Based on what we learned this semester, I believe the advancement of technology is only in its beginning phases. As we move forward with the use of artificial intelligence (AI) technology in healthcare, we will only see positive changes and greater advances. One of the uses of AI, telemedicine, will be available to a variety of patients who live in rural areas or underserved areas and allow patients access to medical care without face-to-face visits. AI will also allow providers ease of diagnostic testing and therapeutic interventions. AI has allowed physicians to have access to pertinent medical information that alerts the providers about any high-risk outcomes or potential errors (Nadarzynski et al., 2019).

Advances with AI also include eHealth and mHealth. eHealth and mHealth have become easily accessible to the public and have added genuine benefits to healthcare. eHealth/mHealth encompasses a vast spectrum of healthcare services, ranging from electronic prescribing and medical records to text message prompts to remind patients to take their medicines. eHealth and mHealth are thus becoming prominent components of healthcare (Moss et al., 2018, para. 4). Smartphones, mobile tracking devices, and other wearable devices have brought health and wellness to people’s attention, making people more aware of their healthcare needs.

I do believe there will be challenges faced with advancements in technology and in healthcare. Technology can be very helpful and can be a great tool, but it is my belief that there can be too much technology involved. Face-to-face communication is needed for some people to comprehend and understand how to move forward with a healthy lifestyle.

Peer 2: Joy-
Based on the whole semester and what I have learned, I believe that healthcare technology in five years will have a focus on mental health and the prevalent health disparities within the given population in the area of care. While also taking into consideration the different needs of each country, overall I have seen the rise of awareness being placed on how health disparities correlate with death and illness rates. According to Glasgow et al,. (2019), there are current and trending issues within the healthcare systems when treating patients with chronic illnesses, healthcare costs, and overall lack of support for the aging population. Unfortunately, as I mentioned before, these issues are trending and have not been addressed with the correct health management. Glasgow et al., (2019) provide methods and adaptations that could change and treat the issues within the populations who need a different kind of help through using technology in patient-centered digital health self-management support, and community resources to address social determinants. I believe that if the healthcare system utilizes the methods that Glasgow et al., describes; five years from now, there will be lower rates of debts, illnesses, and misdiagnoses inpatient cases. I envision the changes to have an impact and to open the doors to the endless possibilities that can provide quality care for patients.

I anticipate technology with a focus on telehealth, to have a positive impact on the healthcare system and its patients by using technology. Hong et al., (2020), explain how telehealth can have two major impact factors in the medical field by having the potential to be used as a teaching method as well as a mode of care. These factors have the potential to positively impact the healthcare field and the way it can facilitate access to care, the way it is administered, and the quality of patient care by implementing technology. Although there are many potentials that technology within the healthcare field can offer, there are also potential challenges that can occur. For example, Le et al., (2023), mention that although telehealth has proven to have benefits in providing care through voice and video chat methods, there is a wide percentage of patients who do not have access to the internet or technology in general. These problems further increase when patients are not able to physically come in for appointments and instead need to have a remote option of patient care but this is complicated when the patient does not have access or the resources to use technology.




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