Posted on behalf of Barbara Hayes, Project Manager
No longer are we in the age when we were once a pencil and paper society. Those days are long gone with the hopes of never returning, at least by majority of us. The new age of technology and what it has to offer to the technical, training and medical world is here to stay. I can recall the early 70’s, the days of the manual typewriters and mimeograph copiers, and the burdens of use that they once presented to the end user. I recall how our long sleeved blouses would be splattered with ink by the end of the work day, dare you not to wear white! Thankfully, we have now revolutionized our homes and workplaces with the latest brands of personal computers and tablets that provide a much easier and productive way to work, or surf the wonderful world of the internet.
In today’s workplace one must learn how to use this new technology. To do so, training programs have been developed and designed to provide you, the eager learner, with how to use just about every piece of hardware and its applications. Electronic mail, graphics, onscreen presentations, spreadsheets, databases, drafting and drawing training programs are all available online. Computers, tablets, software applications, faxing, scanning, plotting, webinars, online meetings, video, audio and telecommunications are the functions that have revolutionized the art of training within all types and styles of organizations. Computers now offer faster processors, enhancing the turnaround time in getting to the completion of large projects. Software applications have been designed to create spreadsheets, publications, documentation and presentations which has experienced many changes since the early years of technology. It doesn’t seem to matter whether you are an employee of a large corporation, midsize financial firm or a health care facility. Technology has implemented a change in the way it is now incorporated into the mainstream of our everyday lives. This is how technology has revolutionized the way we learn and provide training today.
The new tools used in training programs have brought in an advantage to the eager learner as well as to the learning environment. These new tools allow training specialists the ability to analyze the training needs of new employees, or the specialty needs of a department. This analysis helps the specialists to create, present, measure and evaluate the training requirements for that department or for the individual employee. Conducting an analysis can provide helpful information in regards to technical and resource training on various platform levels.
In the past 30+ years, there have been so many changes in the way that we as Development Educational Training Specialists are able to deliver training programs to business organizations and even health care facilities. Sometimes the changes happen so fast it is hard at times to keep employees updated with these software programs, their departments seemingly experience new upgrades to existing products in less than a year’s time. As soon as you complete the training of one application, another one seems to be sitting at your doorstep. Moving training departments to include, just in time training shorts. An abbreviated version of a full session.
This new technology seems to have infiltrated our lives bringing along with it a newness that some have never been exposed to or experienced. Computers and software designers have made it so that we work faster and do more in less time than ever before. We are now able to store huge amounts of data on something as small as a thumb drive. Send documents overseas, receive faxes, scan and submit all from one system in a matter of minutes.
Even in the world of medicine a physician can receive a patient’s visit to the ER via a Continuity of Care Document (CCD), a secured electronic document exchange standard that allows the confidential sharing of summary from the patient’s visit. This addition to the use of technology and its learning has made a major difference in the health care arena; loved by some and disliked by many.
However, the difference shows in the improvement in health care and efficiency while increasing the accessibility to medical treatment and its programs. Technology provides the benefit of being able to track procedures and even the way physician’s practice medicine. Still, in order to put technology to use, one must be trained by attending training classes. This is where the users of medical technology, such as our medical professionals, have shown to place a resistance to technology and its training in the background rather than the foreground.
Technology has brought about a new way of living, learning and striving for a better tomorrow. It will continue to revolutionize it use in every corner of the lives of you and I.