As we celebrate Nurses Week across the world, I wanted to highlight the impact of telehealth on the changing nature of nursing and healthcare more generally.
But before I do that we must recognise that for all of the technological advancements, the priority for nurses is to provide the best patient care. And telehealth is helping nurses to do just that. With ageing populations across most developed nations putting additional stress on healthcare systems there is an increasing need to free up costly hospital beds and nurses time by monitoring and managing patients remotely.
From blood pressure to fall sensors, telehealth is enabling nurses to provide better care by being able to work more efficiently and be better informed about a patient’s condition. Recent research (see infographic below) suggests that telehealth will increase tenfold from 2013 to 2018 and with advances around the ‘Internet of Things’ bringing enhanced levels of connected care, I see nurses being able to do a great job even better in the future.
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