There are many divisions in the medical industry; health authorities, animal health, manufacturers, distributions, software companies, buying groups, charitable organizations, universities, colleges, community health, senior health and the list goes on. I have worked in some of these divisions such as acute care, corporate health authority HR, retail pharmacy, medical manufacturing , distribution, animal health and longterm care. In the 15 plus years that I have worked in the medical industry, I have noticed an increase in technology. I have been fortunate to be a part of the transitions from paper to paperless. Creating a friendly paperless digital technology work environment included software launches, intranet, e-prescribes, e-transcribe, online requisitions, scheduling, billing, booking, CRM programs, bed tracking systems, reviewing diagnostic results ,online policies ,education , HR and online directories. I now work in distribution medical sales, my job is to promote our services and products to medical staff in longterm care facilities, and in veterinary clinics. We are expected to give education on our products . We do this in-person, face-to-face majority of the time, within time this will change. I am seeing more and more manufacturers’ introducing online web conferences to educate on their product lines. Companies are moving away from paper , we have been given iPads to use during our meetings, to show our customers the education materials on the iPad.
What about other areas in the medical industries such as acute care and universities, how are they learning and educating new trends. I found an article on the innovation excellence website “10 emerging educational technologies and how they are being used across the globe.” Ten of the 2013 trends in higher education are outlined in this paper. It discusses mobile phones, iPads, MOOC, gamification, wearable technology , open content , virtual and remote labs, 3D printing , and the timelines these technologies will be launched into mainstream education. Technology has advanced in the medical industry, some of the ten emerging trends discussed in the paper will be implemented in the future.
“From a surgeon peering through Google Glass to examine X-rays while simultaneously operating on a patient, to medical personnel monitoring heart rate in real-time on a smartphone from halfway around the world, science fiction is quickly becoming science fact. Retrieved from eventbrite.com ”
One of the four major categories of global goals for adult education is “vocational education, that is, education in the skills and knowledge required in employment. Merriam. S.B. 2007. The Profession and Practice of Adult Education. p.167”. Ongoing learning is a focus for adult education in the workplace, and technology is trending. My projection for the medical industry is, staff education or training delivered through digital technology will be more common and on the increase, it might be the next big thing in medical education.