Digital Technology: Positive and Negative Impact of Digital Technology in a Rehab Center

Digital technology came as a savior to many investments. Every sector of the economy has something of benefit. People now communicate better, there is business efficiency, and also access to services is typically at the tips of your hands. However, the joy is short-lived; the internet is a moral decay; now that everything is accessible without limitation.

Rehab centers feel the wrath in real-time. People know where to get drugs and how to administer them in secret. Parents have become busy giving little attention to the children. That’s how they end up in rehab centers. Controlling patients who feel they know and have access to information, including the regimen is not a walk in the park.

What is digital technology?

Digital technology is systems, devices, and tools that support data generation and processing of data for the intended purpose. The pioneers of this technology had good intentions when it comes to usage, but individuals being naturally cunning. Some use the knowledge to run dubious deals- hacking and fraud.

Pros of technology in a rehab centre

1. Increase in task performance

You can run business processes at the comfort of your home in a few clicks. Health professionals can track a patient’s progress without going to the dusty registry files to look for information. Everything is stored in a cloud, thanks to digital storage tools available in the market. In a few seconds, you can disseminate information through the mail for quick action.

Saves time

Technology touches all corners of the rehab center all in a bid to ensure you use less time.

In the kitchen, the modern kitchen appliances do wonders within minutes is as a result of technology.

As you clean we have digitalized tools which remove all dust within seconds. As you work, once all your operations are digitalized you have enhanced business efficiency in the operations department.

2. Improved communication

You can communicate with people in any part of the world as long as they are connected to the internet- the product of technology.

If you have rehab centres in different parts of the world, you can manage all its affairs from your laptop as you sit on your couch.

You only need to invest in digital technology systems to ensure you automate your services for better management and administration of services.

3. Reduces fraud

Before the inroads in technology, hackers took advantage of people’s ignorance to defraud people of their hard-earned money.

Cyber risks were common, but now with technology in security systems, hackers have to be more innovative to succeed in their cyber hacking businesses.

Digital tools like ID Theft Protection Service; are a savior to ensure your account details and the money is safe and sound.

4. Improved financial accountability

Long are the days you go to the banks to queue to get services. Everything is done from your smart gadgets.

Within minutes you have your financial statements, you get alerts in any transactions, and you can accept or block a transaction.

The messaging platforms are available 24 hours a day. Hackers have to think of other ways of sweeping company accounts.

Cons of digital technology in a rehab centre

1. Reduces our level of creativity

The current generation has reduced creativity and innovation. Rehab patients have diverse needs; that means you need customized functions to give them personal attention to aid their healing process.

Now that we are used to everything being done by the systems in place, when will people sit and think or become innovative to make changes that help the rehab patients.

Since they refer to everything, including the health professionals, what if it’s a unique case that needs cognitive thought?

2. Dependability on machines

Technology has enhanced dependability on digital devices to improve their service. When it comes to the administration of drugs, they have to refer to the storage tools.

No one takes time to memorize the medications administered to patients to give them the touch of empathy in their road to recovery.

Digitalization has led to the commercialization of services, even the one that needs physical interactions.

Rehab patients prefer to open up to strangers on social media when we have resident psychologists ready to handle their issues.

They end up receiving varying information which contradicts their treatment plan bringing confusion in the entire process.

This explains why some patients stay longer in the center not because of the severity of their condition but because of confusion – several sources of information.

3. The negative impact during malfunctions

Everything comes at a standstill when there is a system shut down. Technology has made it difficult to have an alternative method –manual-of running operations.

They feel it’s a primitive way of doing things, not knowing that malfunctioning of the system is inevitable.

What happens in such a case? You notice that simple things like drug administration are an issue. No one has a memory of the kind of drugs; they use the system to refer. In short, once it’s shut, that the end of business on that day unless it’s restored.

All in all, digital technology was the best investment for the current generation. People only need to ensure they don’t replace the valuable functions with digital gadgets. At the rehab center the following need to be part of the therapies to enhance the emotional being of the patients

  • Enhanced physical interaction
  • Group counselling
  • Behavioural therapy sessions
  • One-on-one communication
  • Limit the use of smartphones unless necessary
  • Manual back up of functions

With these, there is a win-win situation for both the management and the patients.