Technology and social media in healthcare

Anne Ireland, MSN, RN, AOCN, CENP of the City of Hope National Medical Center, Duarte, CA is interested in the adoption and implementation of electronic health records as well as the use of technology innovations to improve healthcare. She believes that technologies such as wearables and social applications can help healthcare practitioners better connect with patients and enhance health promotion, disease prevention and healthcare services. For example, digital patient portals can enable patients to report their symptoms from home and receive timely responses from medical staff. These portals could potentially also be used to request appointments and renew prescriptions, making access easier and faster for patients.
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