NUR3846 Foundations Summer 2021
Background: Telehealth is defined as a collection of means or methods for enhancing healthcare, public health and health education delivery and support using telecommunications technology (Telehealth Resource Centers, 2016). Telehealth technologies include live video conferencing, store and forward remote patient monitoring, and mobile health (mHealth) devices. The main reason for the emergence of telehealth use is to provide equitable access to healthcare and education for those who live and work in remote areas, where these provisions have been clearly established to be insufficient. Environmental changes have made Telehealth a mainstream approach to education and healthcare due to the covid-19 pandemic.
Changes in the way that health care is delivered during this pandemic are needed to reduce staff exposure to ill persons, preserve personal protective equipment (PPE), and minimize the impact of patient surges on facilities. Healthcare systems have had to adjust the way they triage, evaluate, and care for patients using methods that do not rely on in-person services. Telehealth services help provide necessary care to patients while minimizing the transmission risk of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, to healthcare personnel (HCP) and patients (CDC, 2020).
Purpose: The purpose of this assignment is to comply with the Essentials of Baccalaureate Nursing Practice Essential IV: Information Management & Application of Patient Care Technology by addressing some of the technological competencies that are needed. The technology competencies that students are expected to have at the time of graduation include use of “applications of patient care technologies that are mainly described as monitors, data gathering devices, or other supports for patient care interventions” (AACN, 2008, p. 17), as well as the following: 1. Demonstrate skills in using patient care technology, information systems, and communication devices to support safe nursing practice. 2. Use telecommunication technologies to assist in effective communication in a variety of healthcare settings. 3. Apply patient care technologies as appropriate to address needs of a diverse patient population AACN,