ICT Use and Multidisciplinary Healthcare Teams in the Age of e-Health

ICT Use and Multidisciplinary Healthcare Teams in the Age of e-Health

Bolanle A. Olaniran (Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, USA)
Copyright: © 2016 |Pages: 14
DOI: 10.4018/IJRQEH.2016010102
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This paper explores ICTs in the medical field specifically in the Multidisciplinary teams (MDTMs) in healthcare settings. The discussion offers benefits and disadvantages of ICTs along with implications for teams' communication and interaction. The paper also provides a few formidable challenges facing MTDMs while offering suggestions on how to overcome them in an attempt to fully experience and utilize technologies in an effective manner. Finally the paper presents areas for future research given the fact that ICT use in MTDMs will only continue to grow as e-health becomes the norm in patients care and healthcare delivery. In an attempt to accomplish these goals, Retchin's (2008) conceptual framework for inter-professional and co-managed care will be used. Retchin's framework considers the impact of temporality, urgency of care, and structure of authority. Specifically, this framework focuses on how information communication technologies can impact overall patient health care and delivery. In conclusion, the author provides guidelines and recommendations for how physicians and other health practitioners can use technologies to work with each other are provided.
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Icts And Multidisciplinary Healthcare Teams

Multidisciplinary care is defined as an integrated team approach to healthcare, where relevant health care professionals evaluate treatment options and jointly develop treatment plan for patients (Robertson, Li, O’Hara, & Hansen, 2010; Salerno, 2015; Scholl & Olaniran, 2013). The contribution of various individuals who exist within different locations makes the collaboration among different specialists possible and is often referred to as multidisciplinary team (MDTM) and integrated care. For example, multidisciplinary teams for cancer treatment can consist of surgeons, nutritionists, radiologists, pathologists, oncologists and social workers along with general practitioners. In other words, hospitals, physicians, and Nurses provide healthcare services either through office or home visits in collaboration with other healthcare providers including general practitioners with the aid of ICTs. These technologies allow for the transfer of recorded data back to hospital environment (Salerno, 2015). Thus, ICTs represent the tools for increasing cooperation between different health professions across different settings and institutions, which in a way help foster the active/interactive role by patients, caregivers and other entities in caregiving (Scholl & Olaniran, 2013; Stellato et al., 2015a, 2015b).

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