Week 5 & 6 Reflections – Juste Impolyte

In healthcare, the spread of knowledge is a pivotal part of being relative in the field. Information is shared through established networks between specialists, personalized medicine, video games, apps, and through many other forms. One particular form of information sharing that you may not have heard of is healthcare analytics.

Data driven needs assessments are the keys to helping health organizations and businesses stay ahead. The video Healthcare Analytics for Everyone  explains how healthcare analytics can apply to almost anyone who owns a business, even to someone who may feel like this is too advanced for them.

Healthcare analytics and data can benefit healthcare systems of all sizes and budgets. It is made available to people for easy use. It is meant to help you and your business help organize your information and help share it with your clients and the public.

Another way for healthcare organizations to stay ahead is through precision medicine. After reading the article White House Details ‘Precision Medicine’ Initiative, I was taken back to the Obama administration days. During his State of the Union Address, President Barack Obama talked about “precision medicine,” which brought attention to personalized medicine.

“Knowing what makes patients unique through the variations in their DNA would allow a doctor not only to be able to identify whether patients are likely to get a particular disease or condition – thereby helping them prevent it – but also to pinpoint which treatments will work.” The point of this initiative was to discover better treatments for cancer by expanding clinical trials, which would also help establish a network where scientists can share their information. This type of advancement of knowledge in disease and healthcare has been spreading and will continue to do so in the years to come.

The spread of knowledge has also been advancing in the form of video games. From the article 4 Reasons Video Games Are Good For Your Health (According To American Psychological Association), author John Shapiro talks about the positive impacts of video games and why he lets his kids play them. After summarizing the benefits in the cognitive, motivational, emotional, and social areas, what stood out to me the most was that gaming may be one of the most efficient and effective ways in which children can generate positive feelings. Studies have shown that playing videos games can help lead to cooperative behavior. The fact that video games can help bring out such feelgood emotions amazes me.

The field of healthcare is spreading information fast. Whether it is through analytics, precision medicine or even video games, the sharing of knowledge continues to be prevalent in today’s society. The video Health Information Technology: Improving the Nation’s Health Care puts in perspective how technology helps knowledge spread in the healthcare field. From governors to educators to advocates, they all seem to agree that health information technology can help transform healthcare for the American people.

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