Communication studies deals with processes of human communication , commonly defined as the sharing of symbols to create meaning . The discipline encompasses a range of topics, from face-to-face conversation to mass media outlets such as television broadcasting . Communication studies also examines how messages are interpreted through the political, cultural, economic, and social dimensions of their contexts. Communication is institutionalized under many different names at different universities, including "communication", "communication studies", "speech communication", "rhetorical studies", "communication science", " media studies ", "communication arts", " mass communication ", " media ecology ", and "communication and media science".
But, who is controlling this technology? Our observation is that those nurses who “get it,” or realize the importance and potential of electronic communication, are changing their organizations, and doing so in less time, with less effort, and while spending less money. They have done so with electronic tools that they can control and customize. So this technology in the hands of nurses is disrupting the status quo in patient education and communication. At the same time, it has created a new marketplace for technology services like those provided by UbiCare and others.