The Annual HASummit Conference is coming up and with every new year, there are always interesting topics discussed and new teaching and technological advancements shown to the attendees. When Preparing for HASummit ensure to take all the tools you’ll need to take down all the right notes and store all the information. One of the main topics discussed will be the technological advancements in the healthcare industry and how they can be of use. Thought the advantages outweigh the disadvantages, there are still some disadvantages of technology. Let’s discuss some of them below.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Technology

Better Communication:

With technological advancements, communication has greatly improved as it is now more efficient and faster. It’s also cheaper and easily accessible by all.

Better Efficiency:

With better technology, most people and jobs are now more efficient and this includes the healthcare industry. By implementing information systems we can bring down the linguistic, geographical and some cultural boundaries. Sharing the information, knowledge, communication, and relationships between different countries, languages, and cultures become much easier. This also increases diversity in all spaces and increase the quality of a product.

Increased Quality of Care:

With technology, there is now increased quality of care and also increased availability. Individuals can also keep better track of their health with personal health technological devices. In the business world, information shaves has made it possible for businesses to be open 24×7 all over the globe. This means that a business can be open anytime anywhere, making purchases from different countries easier and more convenient. It also means that you can have your goods delivered right to your doorstep with having to move a single muscle.

Creation of new types of jobs:

Technology has created more jobs. New technology means new people to operate it, study it, and use it to help others. Jobs like Computer programmers, Systems analyzers, Hardware and Software developers and Web designers are just some of the many new employment opportunities created with the help of IT.

It Increases Productivity:

Technology increases productivity and efficiency. Technological advancement has a positive impact on productivity, however, there are some frustrations can be faced by systems users which are directly linked to lack of training and poor systems performance because of system spread.

Disadvantages of Technology

As amazing as technology is, it does come with some disadvantages.

Unemployment and lack of job security:

With tasks being automated by technology it means so many jobs are being lost as people are being replaced by computers and robots. The workers who suffer this the most are the blue collar workers who get replaced by technology but its spreading now as there’s been programs that are rumored to be able to stimulate wall street trends and make trades better than humans.  

For example, automated telephone answering systems have replaced live receptionists in many organizations or online and personal assistants can be a good example also. Industry experts believe that the internet has made job security a big issue as since technology keeps on changing with each day. This means that one has to be in a constant learning mode, if he or she wishes for their job to be secure. I suppose this is as much an advantage as we should always keep learning anyways.

Security and Privacy Issues:

Is anything even private anymore? Everyone has a technology device with them a all times and with continued advancements, everything is getting more interconnected. And with this connected it means people with better knowledge of technology and how to get around systems could hack devices and get into your private information, get into you data etc. Even your webcam could be hacked. Say goodbye to privacy- we are all one interconnected world now.

Even with these disadvantages, the advantages and usefulness of technology are immense and they outweigh the disadvantages. Mankind is in a better place because of technology. This doesn’t mean it shouldn’t go unchecked though. Like the continued development of Artificial Intelligence also known as AI has been warned against as mankind might lose control. Elon Musk the genius of our time has spoken repeatedly about the dangers of AI

Information systems contribute to the efficient running of organizations. Information systems are showing the exponential growth in each decades. Today’s information technology has tremendously improved quality of life. Modern medicine has benefited the most with better information system using the latest information technology. By understanding and learning what advantages and disadvantages it can bring, we have to try, believe and put an effort with our best to make that existing advantage much better and navigate the disadvantages to have a less impact on organizations and society.