Does Technology Discrimination Affect Healthcare?
Ken Congdon, Editor in Chief of Healthcare Technology Online recently wrote an article called “Is Healthcare Entering an Era of Technology Discrimination?”. Ken shares how his use of technology to schedule a recent visit to the doctor demonstrated a potential discrimination gap for those without similar means.
Ken further explains “clearly, we are entering a technological era in healthcare, and culturally, we will all need to adjust. However, this transition may prove more difficult for specific groups of people (e.g. the poor, the elderly, etc.) than it is for others. Since technology is positioned to play such a large role in care delivery going forward, are we as a society obliged to ensure these technology-based healthcare services are more accessible to the masses (e.g. via free/inexpensive Internet cafes, etc.)? Or, do individuals with limited access to technology need to change their behavior to ensure they access these services? For example, even if an individual doesn’t have a home computer or smartphone, they can still log onto the Internet at their local library or FedEx Office to access patient portals and receive the same benefits. In any case, expect the technological revolution in healthcare to be met with opposition by specific segments of your patient population. The way providers manage this change with patients will be instrumental in their success.”
Similarly, how will the learning opportunities of healthcare universities and colleges who cannot afford high-fidelity simulators be affected in the years to come? Will the costs of simulation training provide for increasing gaps in healthcare performance outcomes and what will the government do to minimize it? Click on the headline above to share your thoughts!
Lance Baily, BA, EMT-B, is the Founder & CEO of HealthySimulation.com, which he started while serving as the Director of the Nevada System of Higher Education’s Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas back in 2010. Lance is also the Founder and acting Advisor to the Board of SimGHOSTS.org, the world’s only non-profit organization dedicated to supporting professionals operating healthcare simulation technologies. His new co-edited Book: “Comprehensive Healthcare Simulation: Operations, Technology, and Innovative Practice” is available now. Lance’s background also includes serving as a Simulation Technology Specialist for the LA Community College District, EMS fire fighting, Hollywood movie production, rescue diving, and global travel. He lives with his wife Abigail in Las Vegas, Nevada.