Research Blog 7

Source 1:

Testing the Feasibility of Skype and FaceTime Updates With Parents in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit 

Summary:

This article discusses a new study done by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. Many parents of newborns are unfortunately separated from them immediately after birth if the infant is in need of critical care. However, parents, especially women who are still recovering after natural labor or a c-section are not permitted in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Pediatricians are strong advocates that the parents should be involved in all medical information and treatment plans for their children. But, because parents cannot always be in the NICU, a study was done to have video-conferencing through FaceTime and Skype while doctors performed rounds in the NICU. Through this, parents could hear an update on their child’s condition as well as the decisions on how to further proceed with treatment. This study showed improvements in patient-provider relationships. Surveys also showed that parents felt more comfortable with their child being away from them for extended periods of time.

What is most interesting/surprising to you from this source? How is this source different from your previous sources?

This article is different from my other sources in that instead of the doctor using technology to change the healthcare system, it is the patient. I have not looked into the fact that even people in the hospital as patients can use FaceTime and Skype to improve quality hospital visits, especially for new mothers who may be in distress from their new child being separated from them.

Does this source refer to other sources? If so, how and why? If not, why not? (Take a look at the “References” or “Works Cited” or “Bibliography” – any leads you can follow here? Or, look at hyperlinks within article for more sources, or a speaker’s reading list on TED.)

This source does not refer to other sources because it is was a new and private research study that focused on one location that was done by a specific organization.

What else does it make you want to know? Search for next? What questions does this source raise for you?

This makes me want to know other ways that patients can use technology to improve hospital experiences. I would also like to know where the line is drawn for this type of communication. Would parents be allowed to watch procedures being done on their child? Does this method of communication therapy have implications on HIPAA?

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  • Communication therapy
  • NICU
  • Video-conferencing
  • Patient-Provider relationship

 

Source 2:

The Impact of Telemedicine on Patients’ Cost Savings 

Summary:

This article discusses that there is a growing demand for more cost-effective ways of delivering health care. The recent election has brought up this topic of conversation frequently in the media. With the aging population increased rates of diseases, there needs to be ways that medicine can become more efficient in terms of cost. This study showed that there has been a strong interest in the costs and benefits of telemedicine. The study assessed cost savings from telemedicine and characteristics used to determine the magnitude of the savings included age, ethnicity, education, occupation, annual household income, health insurance status, and household and community size. The variables within the study looked for patients’ cost savings included travel distance for medical care, missed days at work, and family expenses. The population that was looked at consisted of telemedicine patients in rural Arkansas. The results showed that without telemedicine, 94% of patients would travel greater than 70 miles for medical care; 84% would miss one day of work; and 74% would spend $75–$150 for additional family expenses. This shows the harsh implications for those who cannot easily access healthcare and how telemedicine helps.

What is most interesting/surprising to you from this source? How is this source different from your previous sources?

This source is different from my other sources because it shows direct factors that are influenced by technology and medicine. Instead of simply saying “telemedicine is more cost-effective” it shows all of the reasons why it is that way.

Does this source refer to other sources? If so, how and why? If not, why not? (Take a look at the “References” or “Works Cited” or “Bibliography” – any leads you can follow here? Or, look at hyperlinks within article for more sources, or a speaker’s reading list on TED.)

This source uses many other sources. Most of the sources are past studies done on telemedicine cost-effectiveness. There are a few links I can follow from here such as an article talking about telemedicine in a prison system, and that is an outlook I did not even think of.

What else does it make you want to know? Search for next? What questions does this source raise for you?

This question makes me want to know, if telemedicine diagnosis goes wrong, what implications are there, not only the patient but for the healthcare provider? I also would like to look into how technology is helping elderly patients manage their conditions.

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  • Elderly healthcare
  • Health insurance status