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Current Challenges in Empowering Clinicians to Utilize Technology

Current Challenges in Empowering Clinicians to Utilize Technology
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Author(s): Jean M. Roberts (University of Central Lancashire, UK)
Copyright: 2011
Pages: 14
Source title: Clinical Technologies: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools and Applications
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Information Resources Management Association (USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-561-2.ch602


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This chapter is designed to outline the current situation and challenges to successful deployment of technologies to support clinical activities. It utilises action research and cooperative enquiry within the community of practice. It is grounded in UK experiences but will have international resonance in many key areas. Increasingly members of the public are joining the clinical professions in using health data to maintain and improve health status of the individual; however this chapter predominantly focuses on catalysts and inhibitors to professional use. The second objective of this chapter is to consider the opportunities presented by emerging technologies, and restrictions to effective deployment such as cultural reluctance, ethical issues and privacy concerns. It is hoped that highlighting the key issues for consideration will reassure clinicians that they are faced with similar informatics challenges to all other in the health domain and that, for all, the benefits of persisting with utilising technology in support of their clinical work are considerable.

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