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IT & Human Services: Overcoming Barriers

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Identify three barriers to services, planning, funding, or empowerment in a selected aspect of human services, and thoroughly discuss how applications of technology could be used as a means to overcome each of these barriers. Include at a minimum the applications that use word processing, presentation, spreadsheet, database, and report generating applications. You may also include communications software, media such as video, and other types of technology in your discussions.

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Technology Solutions: Human Services

Technology is about innovation. Innovations have always been achieved for the purpose of making things better & more efficient securing and enhancing productivity in the field of Human services. It is important that in the US, the field of Human services is broad, covering aspects of health and human services deemed to be areas necessary in securing and providing the essential needs of the most marginalized Americans - those who are least able to help themselves (HHS,2010).Technology is utilized throughout the practice. If a new technology is deemed necessary or innovative enough for adaption and utilisation in the field and office, it is finds its way into the system.


In the US, the HRSA (Health Resources and Services Administration) for example utilise the web to make them more accessible to the public. The website, http://www.hrsa.gov/ is interactive and constantly updated, providing essential news on services - grants, vaccinations, service delivery (drugs, reimbursement, clinical practice), health support systems (help for the disabled and the minorities), quality improvement, loans as well as access to data (for researchers). Right away from the website, the interface allows you to contact the agency via email and details - from addresses of the main agency to regional and local offices and their ...

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The solution looks at barriers to planning, services & funding in the field of human services, discussing the use of technology (i.e. IT) in the possibility of overcoming said barriers. A selection of applications are discussed in proposed usage to maximize the reach and effectiveness of human services in social welfare. References are provided. A word version is attached for easy printing. The solution is in the form of an essay following the APA format.