The two primary reasons as to why technology has not been adopted isthe cost and slow adoption of the technological innovations. TheUnited States Healthcare industry has been slow when it comes toadapting the technological innovations that are available. An exampleof the same is the electronic healthcare records that has seenpartial adoption despite the obvious benefits that emanate out of itsfull implementation. Secondly, the cost of adopting and using thetechnology is high. Treatment costs have shot up due to the inabilityof the insurance firms to bargain for lower costs of the same.Because of the same, technology has been seen to increase the cost ofhealthcare resulting in it not being adopted.
What needs to be done and the resolution for the identifiedissues.
There is need to come up with measures that seek to fast track theadoption of the technology while at the same time reducing theoverall costs involved in its use. For the slow adoption oftechnology, it is vital to come up with incentives that promote theuse of technology among the healthcare providers. It would bepossible to encourage its use. The cost needs to be reduced by thegovernment paying part of the cost to make the technology accessible.
The technology employed by the facility is the electronic healthcarerecords. Through the same, it has been possible to have informationabout patients that is critical for care and treatment. It ispossible to coordinate care for such patients because of theavailability of the critical information in the records (Rogerson,2000). However, despite the benefits that it has, there more thatneeds to be done. For example, training of the nurses to ensure thatthe technology is embraced so that it becomes routine for them to usethe information.
Rogerson, S. (2000). Electronic patient records. IMIS, 10 (5).