As the world continues to advance into a more technology-based era healthcare must keep up. With changes in the healthcare system there is always a balance of the good and the bad. In most ways the advancement of technology in healthcare is a positive aspect. We improve patient outcomes and safety with the use of technology, as well as inviting patients to take a more active role in their healthcare experiences. But we also risk becoming too distant from our patients and run a risk for data breaches with the use of technology. In this thesis we delve into the monumental number of positive aspects while keeping the potential negatives in mind. There is a section dedicated to my personal research based on the School of Nursing faculty at Eastern Kentucky University. They willingly gave me data regarding their feelings on the ways technology has impacted their own nursing careers. Furthermore, this thesis also briefly discusses the ways in which we hope technology will aid us in the future. Technology continues to bring us into a new age and the healthcare system must embrace the change as well. The more advanced the world becomes the more we can use technology to help our patients and ourselves with the development of healthcare.

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Fall 11-29-2021


Jennifer Merrick

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Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing

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Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing