Telehealth's Impact on Nursing Practice


Telemedicine is becoming more popular as an older population places more demands on the healthcare system and as nursing shortages make it difficult to meet those demands. And as the medical community adapts to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, the trend has intensified. Telehealth services can help reduce healthcare costs and enhance patient outcomes by making sure that more people can access timely nursing care.

What is Telehealth nursing?
The use of telemedicine and technology to carry out nursing and provide care in a remote place is considered to be the definition of telehealth nursing. Other words are used interchangeably in this profession, including telenursing, telehealth, and nursing telepractice.

In order to provide treatment over a great distance, nurses who work in telehealth settings employ technologies including web cameras, VOIP, the Internet, and telephone lines. Even though it is remote, telehealth care is efficient.

It should come as no surprise that telehealth nursing has a promising future given all the advantages it offers both patients and providers—convenience, high-quality care, quicker results, etc. It seems unlikely that telehealth nursing will become obsolete soon, given that patients' comfort levels with virtual patient-clinician communication tend to rise as technology develops and that medical organizations have more than doubled the number of telehealth appointments.

Working Flexibility
The type of employment and the business will determine whether or not a telehealth nurse works from home. Many telehealth nurses work from home, while others collaborate with a group of other telehealth professionals to provide remote support in a hospital, clinic, or business setting. As an extension of a healthcare organization or corporation, these at-home nurses often handle triage, process insurance claims, and oversee disability cases.

Both new and experienced nurses are drawn to the flexibility of working from home and having more flexible hours. Telehealth nurses can continue to serve patients from anywhere, in contrast to traditional onsite nurses. Their jobs are generally secure as long as they have a strong, dependable internet connection.

In rural areas, where more healthcare is frequently required, a lack of broadband internet connectivity may restrict the availability of telehealth services. Restrictions on medical licenses that prevent the delivery of telehealth services over state boundaries, rules governing online prescriptions, and patient privacy issues all have an impact on telemedicine.

The Pandemic and Telemedicine
Telemedicine makes it easier to keep coronavirus patients isolated, enables greater at-home care for patients with less severe symptoms, and allows for the triage of COVID-19 patients before they arrive in person, all of which lessen the burden on hospital systems.

Nurses will have more resources to serve and educate patients and provide the highest quality treatment if these developments in the widespread use of telemedicine persist after the pandemic has passed.

Telehealth nurses do not need to have any particular certificates or qualifications, but the job does involve practical experience and additional education. All medical facilities are urged to set up training programs to assist the ongoing professional growth of their telehealth nurses and guarantee patients always receive the best care.

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