Telemedicine In Nursing

Telemedicine has made significant advances in treating patients who do not have the luxury of being in front of the specialist they critically need. The use of telemedicine in stroke care is one of the areas that has made a tremendous impact on the survival and recovery of stroke patients. The Tele-stroke component of stroke care brings the neurologist into the remote hospitals that do not have a neurologist on site. This system also brings Tele-stroke technology in the prehospital environment, allowing an on-scene field assessment of the stroke patient before they reach the hospital, enabling a streamlining of services and decreasing the time to definitive treatment dramatically. Additionally, with the emergence of cat scan ambulances equipped …show more content…
The use of video and audio transmission to permit a physician to assess and provide care and consultation where the patient would not be seen by a specialist in the past (American Telemedicine Association, 2012). The area of telemedicine further extends to home monitoring, video conferencing, education and call center operations, which are all supported by nursing informatics (American Telemedicine Association, 2012). These technology-laden services have a support structure from the nursing informatics specialty, which helps the users access and utilizes the systems …show more content…
The hope is to enhance stroke care to prevention and eventual eradication where no patient suffers the crippling deficits from a stroke. The nursing informatics specialist will drive this movement through technology support and justification through documentation of improvements of care and outcomes for neurologic patients. The role of nursing and informatics in the advancement of stroke care is endless. The additional technology, data, and logistics must be managed and adapted to the health care field provide as well as a neurologist who must be able to efficiently operate and order the treatments needed to save the brain. The nurse’s role further extends to tracking the data produced in these trials and adapting the treatment and usage to maximize its results and preventing it from being a transitional fad (McGonigle & Mastrian, 2015).

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