Healthcare Technology and Nursing: What You Should Know

Although technology could never replace compassion and human interaction, it can significantly improve and streamline processes and procedures to ensure patients receive the best quality care. Healthcare technologies can make patient care better, easier, and more efficient, especially with a large patient load. Here are some current healthcare technologies you should get to know to help better provide Nursing care to your patients.

Telehealth

Telehealth has become a buzzworthy topic in the healthcare community. Telehealth has been gaining popularity for years but was significantly accelerated due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Telehealth services enable Nurses to interact with patients, assess their symptoms and conditions, provide instructions for care, and offer support, all without being physically present with their patients.  

One of the many benefits of telehealth is it can enhance access to healthcare for individuals living in remote or rural communities or those with limited mobility. It also significantly reduces travel time and patient expenses, improves care coordination, and allows Nurses to reach a larger patient population.

Wearable Medical Devices

Wearable medical devices offer Nurses new tools to enhance patient care and monitoring. These devices can wirelessly transmit patient information such as vital signs, blood sugars, and ECG patterns to Nurses to quickly analyze and interpret the data. Wearable medical devices offer valuable data in real-time, enhance the patient experience, and help Nurses deliver quality patient care to all patients regardless of their geographical location.  

Electronic Health Records

Electronic Health Records (EHRs) have revolutionized how Nurses manage patient information and care. EHRs are digital versions of patient medical records containing comprehensive information about medical and health history, current diagnoses, medications, treatments, and other relevant medical data to help you provide better patient care.  

EHRs have streamlined documentation for Nurses to document patient information which, as a result, reduces the need for physical storage space, eliminates handwriting legibility issues, and provides a structured documentation format.

Point of Care Technology

Point-of-care technology (POCT) refers to medical devices and technologies that enable Nurses to access and utilize patient information and perform diagnostic testing while providing care directly at the bedside or point of care. Point-of-care technologies used by Nurses can include mobile devices like smartphones and tablets that allow access to EHRs, medication databases, clinical references, and communication platforms to communicate with healthcare team members.

Nurses often utilize other hand health point-of-care technologies like digital thermometers, pulse oximeters, portable EKG machines, portable ultrasound, and blood sugar monitors. POCT improves efficiency, accuracy, and patient outcomes by enabling Nurses to access important information, perform testing and get rapid results, and deliver care directly at the bedside, which promotes patient engagement.  

Patient Portals

Patient portals are online platforms that allow patients to access their health information, communicate with healthcare providers, and engage in their care. Nurses can use patient portals to educate patients, communicate with patients, and coordinate care. We can foster a collaborative and patient-centered approach when Nurses utilize patient portals and other mobile health apps to connect with patients.

The Impact of Technology on the Nursing Profession

As technological advancements evolve, Nurses must continuously learn to adapt and acquire new skills. There are numerous advantages for Nurses who utilize healthcare technology, including faster communication, increased efficiency, improved access to patient information, and reduced Nurse burnout. Nurses who stay informed and embrace developing technology can help lead the way toward a brighter future for the Nursing profession.

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