Direct communication in healthcare can take the form of social media such as Skype, zoom and video conferencing. Traditional forms of communication, such as telephones, notes, and letters, can continue to be used for information sharing between providers and patients. For example, doctors and patients can send text messages and send messages to each other. Social media messages must be used to reduce the time it takes to obtain patient status and general health knowledge.
Using social media communication tools should not make indirect communication obsolete. In the case of technical resistance and inability to access social media, providers will be required to meet face-to-face with patients and their relatives. Sometimes it may be easier and faster to communicate with patients through other media, such as third parties. Doctors and patients can communicate through third parties, such as nurses, personal caregivers, family members and relatives of patients who may not be able to communicate. In other cases, it may be beneficial for the family or caregiver to inform the patient about their condition. Spouses or parents may show compassion when communicating negative news to patients.
As a small island developing State, Trinidad and Tobago faces serious health challenges that can be reduced by appropriate investment in social media technologies. The main challenges include a shortage of ambulances, a shortage of beds and a severe shortage of highly specialized medical knowledge and practices. The other three acute problems are hospital overcrowding, limited biomedical technology and drug shortages. Traffic congestion caused by poor road infrastructure exacerbates these problems. Health and infrastructure challenges often have a negative impact on the quality of care for patients with limited medical facilities.
This paper suggests that by using social media tools, doctors and other providers can see and hear patients in remote areas [such as professional care facilities and patient residences], which can improve the quality of patient care for critically ill patients. The main purpose of social media use is to reduce overcrowding, improve health care, promote effective pain management and reduce patient death or mortality. Many patients can be discharged from the hospital and taken care of during rehabilitation and private homes. Suppliers can monitor and evaluate their progress through Skype, video conferencing, zooming or other appropriate techniques.
The state can promote technological advancement and innovation, making social media tools widely accessible, highly reliable and efficient. Investment in innovation should lead to the introduction of local media technologies that can simultaneously enhance multiple user phenomena. For example, doctors, pharmacists, nurses, and other health care providers should be able to interface at the same time to ensure that patients receive the best care. The doctor will remain the primary provider, but should be able to accept advice from other providers who may have more communication with the patient. Finally, after the health care provider has reached a consensus on the way forward, patients and their relatives can be introduced to ensure that the agreed treatment plan is interpreted and understood. Patients will be the biggest beneficiaries of collaborative approaches between providers. He will get faster, more effective care from a multidisciplinary team of healthcare providers.
Technology should be able to perform patient monitoring in a virtual environment, reducing the time and risk of sending vulnerable and incapacitated patients to a hospital or care facility. In addition, healthcare providers can provide safe and effective care for patients in remote areas. This also means that patients treated at the hospital will benefit from more direct contact with providers who have more time to spend with them. One advantage that cannot be emphasized is the learning gained from evidence-based practice. Health professionals can learn from each other and develop innovative approaches to healthcare collaboration. Patients will receive consistent guidance or advice from a health professional. The use of social media technology in healthcare will also enable patients to have a separate conversation with a healthcare provider. Using electronic health records will greatly enhance patient care. Health care providers will be able to access patient information faster and easier, reducing the time spent on patient care.
Technological advances must be accompanied by cultural changes. The biggest change, technical acceptance, should ensure that resistance to technology is reduced. Change must make a significant benefit to patient education so that they are responsible for overall health. A patient authorization program must be implemented to provide higher patient self-efficacy. In other words, patients must be able to partially diagnose, monitor, and assess changes in their physical and mental health. They must be able to detect significant health changes and be able to link them to factors such as diet, changes in the physical environment, and general increases in emotional, psychological, and psychological stress. The goal of overtraining is to enable doctors to diagnose patients' health problems more quickly and accurately.
This article recognizes the limitations of social media technologies, such as technical failures or failures. However, this challenge can be met by arranging the necessary personnel to respond quickly. More importantly, this article aims to significantly reduce systemic problems such as bed and ambulance shortages by using social media technologies to care for patients who do not need hospitalization or intensive care.