Tele-nursing is the use of telecommunications technology such as videos, computers and tele-monitoring technologies to provide nursing care and advice at a distance. This growing technology offers many advantages in the delivery of healthcare information, disease monitoring, health promotion and disease prevention services, as well as nursing diagnosis, treatment and education to patient at home from a centralized location. Tele-nursing can be instrumental in helping patients and families to be active participants in their care, particularly in the self-management of chronic illness such as congestive heart failure. It is a service that is currently offered by a growing number of hospitals and health maintenance organizations (HMOs), medical practice groups, and even primary physicians. One of the interesting components of tele-nursing is the modes of delivery of care. New technologies such as service-delivery programs and monitoring systems can configure to connect the patient to a nursing call center or to a specific practitioner. One example is the Carematix Wellness System (CWS) which is based on advanced, patent-pending, wireless and internet technologies that are integrated into everyday health monitoring devices such as a blood-pressure monitor, weight scale, and glucose monitors. Furthermore, enables nurses to provide accurate and timely information and support online. Another advantage of tele-nursing is the continuity of care which can be enhanced by encouraging frequent contacts between health care providers and individual patients and their families. Furthermore, tele-nursing is cost effective in reducing the requirement for or the length of hospital stays. It also facilitates increased access of services to widely dispersed and remote populations. Telenursing is a growing trend and is expansion in the field of nursing informatics. Bibliography Resources
Suttenfield, K, Tokarski, C. & Kilbride,J.( 2002). Highlights From the ATSP Telehealth Conference 2002: Briefings on Telemedicine Activity in the US and Abroad During the Past 12 Months. Retrieved August 3, 2008 from Medscape technical Medicine eJournal. The researchers met to identify innovative way to advance telehealth. There researchers were well respected in the field of telemedicine from the Association of Telehealth . This conference identified various telecommunication methods that can transcend distance barriers while providing an effective and cost-efficient alternative to face-to-face encounters. The information was intended for health care provider for use on patients at home. The latest funding, reimbursement activities, legislative and regulatory issues, home telehealth and tele-nursing were some of the new advancements that needed refining. As cost and time considerations force consumers, providers, and insurers to examine alternative ways of providing healthcare services, telehealth transactions was found to gain acceptance into the mainstream of traditional medicine. New and emerging technologies were identified such as home telehealth- using telemedicine to care for elderly patients at home, disease management- patients' answers are stored in detailed Web-based records that analyze the data and identify clinical indicators over time and telepharmacy. Other methods were electronic health record and voice diagnostic and tele-nursing. A growing need to promote the methodology of telehealth as a financially viable and widely acknowledged method of healthcare delivery was the underscoring principle mentioned. Resource 2
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