Health care learning in other sectors


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There are many industries other then the healthcare that have implemented different methods of technology which has overall improved their workforce on multiple different levels. The food industry has used technology on different platforms that had improved innovation, provided convenience and allowed consumers to heavily involved.
Technology in the Food Industry
Technology has allowed consumers to be more involved with investigating where their food is coming and how it is produced and prepared. Consumers are able to use the internet now and find information like what is better for their health/bodies, finding recipes, finding alternative food sources and much more. Technology has especially helped those consumers that are not able to eat all foods and must have special diets (i.e. gluten free, GERD, lactose intolerance etc.). With technology consumers are also able to see what foods restaurants have to offer on their menu so they are able to plan in advance, again for allergy specific or medical diets. It has allowed consumers to be in charge of not only taking an interest in their foods but to also question the food industry as to why the best quality foods are not being offered at an affordable rate. For example, organic and non-GMO/non-MSG products are readily available in average grocery stores and super markets. Over the past decade, the food industry has had to answer why chemicals are being used on produce and how harmful it is to human health. By holding the food industry accountable, significant changes have been made, consumers are more educated and healthier foods are finally available.
Technology Advancement in the Food Sector Workplace
Technology has also added a convenience factor as well in accessing food products for consumers that do not have the time to get it themselves. Services like ordering groceries online, UberEats & Skip the Dishes are only some of the services available using technology making it more convenient while still affordable for consumers. These businesses have boomed tremendously over the past 2 to 5 years. Technology has also helped to monitor how much food we consume a year and how much we waste, research shows that 40% of food is wasted a year in only the United States of America (Black, 2018). Entrepreneurs have taken the step to break into this market and help decrease that number, which leads to more business opportunities whilst improving our world as well.
Best Practice in Food and Health Care
A best practice guideline in the food industry while using technology is which helps to trace and track down which ingredients are being used, monitoring, controlling variables such as temperature and water content etc. (Labs, 2007). This not only helps the company and government monitoring departments like FDA but also gives consumer’s access to this information as well. Similar practice can be used in the health care workforce to better improve hospital or clinic patient’s health care. Using technology, patients should have a software, app or paper communication which gives them information about the medications they are taking, diagnosis, treatment plans, vital signs, diagnostic testing and specialist information. Patient’s would have access to their information, monitor their own health and take control of their care. This not only provides autonomy to the patient but also helps communicate health information to necessary health care providers. It is important that we use technology in healthcare to promote awareness, patient autonomy and convince as well.


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