This is the week to really see where technology and healthcare are connecting. Select ONE of the following trends and discuss your understanding of this trend in healthcare and its potential impact on your practice as a nurse. What are the legal, privacy, and ethical considerations of this trend? (Everyone attempt to choose a different topic so that we will learn about the many advancements in technology).
Consumer health informatics (CHI)
Social media healthcare applications
Health-focused wearable technology
Computerized provider order entry (CPOE)
Bar Code Medication Administration (BCMA)
Creative measures in healthcare for use with 3D printers
Robotics in healthcare
Mobile technology in outpatient care
Web-based tools and software technology
Risk Management tools
Chatbots or Bots in healthcare
Technology advancement from your clinical practice
Palm Vein Technology
Microchip use in healthcare
Optical head-mounted computer glasses (Google Glass)
Smart hospital beds
**Please use two sources, the textbook and 1 outside source**
Telenursing is one of the most prevalent trends in healthcare at present. Most healthcare providers, including nurses, were therefore forced to rely on such technology to attend to patients during the COVID19 pandemic. Telenursing is the use of technology to provide nursing services through mobile devices and computers. As mobile devices have become more common and accessible to large proportions of the population, telehealth has become more prevalent as a health option for patients. Instead of healthcare being limited to an in-person clinical setting, patients are able to address their primary care providers, including access from any location (Hebda et al., 2018). Telenursing allows patients to connect with nurses through mobile apps, computers, mobile devices, remote patient monitoring, and video technology. Nurses rely on different tools to provide care through telenursing. Telenursing has a significant impact on nursing practice, including allowing remote service delivery, especially to underserved and marginalized populations. Telenursing also allows the promotion of patient comfort as patients receive care in their homes. Patient comfort is one of the main goals of nursing practice (Johnson et al., 2017).
The legal issues associated with telenursing include potential liabilities and responsibilities of healthcare professionals to their patients and the jurisdiction of problems associated with cross-border consultations (Johnson et al., 2017). Such issues greatly hinder the use of telenursing. On the other hand, privacy issues related to telenursing include the maintenance of privacy and confidentiality of patient records. The use of different technological devices increases the risk of patients’ information and health records being accessed by unauthorized third parties, for example, through hacking. The ethical considerations of telenursing include the effect of technology on the patient-provider relationship and the lack of a personal connection between providers and patients (Hebda et al., 2018).
Hebda, T., Hunter, K., & Czar, P. (2018). Handbook of Informatics for Nurses & Healthcare Professionals (6th ed.). Pearson.
Johnson, B., Quinlan, M. M., & Marsh, J. S. (2017). Telenursing and Nurse–Patient Communication Within Fertility, Inc. Journal of Holistic Nursing, 36(1), 38–53. https://doi.org/10.1177/0898010116685468