Information technology has made our world a better place in so many ways. Many fields and schools are taking advantage of the changing world and truly benefiting from information technology. Take the health care industry for example, information technology is dramatically changing the face of the health care world. Records are now available in digit form. This advancement has made it easier for information to be shared not only within the office but around the world with other doctors and specialist. A wonderful example of how technology was used was with the outbreak of Ebola. Using internet connections allowed doctors to work remotely during the outbreak. In northern Uganda doctors were able to transfer their findings to the WHO to share their findings that otherwise would of never made it (www.globalization101.org).
Another wonderful aspect in technology is with mobile technology. John Hopkins now has mobile accessibility to doctors and advice for those that are in areas that do not have the resources (www.globalization101.org). Technology advancements in health care are many and can only help improve the overall goal. These advancements will help better take care of our patients and find results faster and lead to finding a cure faster.
Technology can also play a huge role when it comes to helping health officials do their jobs. Health officials can use technology to their advantage to get a better hold on the spread of disease. As mentioned earlier being able to connect all around the world with other doctors and reach lab results during epidemics and so forth helps manage the spread of diseases. They are able to go onto the internet and search the WHO to see trends, places of greater outbreak and come up with plans for local areas. Disease prevention programs are important and a lot of the success has to do with being able to reach the communities so they better know how to protect themselves. Health officials can go online and see what vaccinations are recommended for certain areas and better protect individuals.
Technology is also advancing when it comes to the classroom. Opening up opportunities to all to gain and education even in remote areas. Reports show that distance educations is a wonderful tool that is mainly being utilized in The United States. Reports have shown that students feel more accomplished and makes the learning more student focused. Technology has a positive impact on education, allowing students to work at their own pace (www.globalization10.org/education). Research shows that distance learning has helped students with their self-esteem with the results of better grades. Countries that can really benefit from these programs are not only the U.S. but place that are remote. Areas that have less access to education or programs that are not offered in their areas. Countries like Mexico, Thailand, Columbia and the Ukraine are a few examples of areas that are in more need. Norway and New Zealand have implemented a class in digital diversity to better prepare their students. All countries can benefit from distance learning and information technology. Benefits are seen around the world, but access for those that don’t have access truly benefit.
Nicaragua and Information Technology
Nicaragua is one place that is taking advantage of the advances in information technology. One way they are doing this is by posting advisories on websites to let travelers know health concerns and vaccinations that are needed to travel to Nicaragua. Nicaragua also has a website that allows people to located doctors. There are currently projects going on in Nicaragua for medical technology innovation. MIT and the CIES and CARE Nicaragua are aiming to close the gap in medical technology innovations. The project will produce easily deployable biomedical training kits to allow state-of-the-art biomedical techniques to reach the poor in Nicaragua (www.iadb.org). Mobile health information will also be available. This is being held as an educational project, training health care worker and students in Nicaragua. These advances will help the poor in Nicaragua be able to have the same access to health care, saving many lives.
With regards to education, Nicaragua is doing a project similar to what Obama is trying to do with the laptops. Since 2009 over 30,000 students have received free XO computers. This allows students to attend school with more than pencils and notebooks (blog.laptop.org). The computers given out are specifically designed to enhance learning. There are many educational programs and activities available on the XO computers. The goal is to expand public access to the internet and transform education (blog.laptop.org). According to research this project has helped keep kids in the classroom and stay in school. There are plenty more advances that Nicaragua would like to carry out in the future. Nicaragua is taking big steps to increase their children’s educational success and with the advance of information technology this is obtainable.
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