Nurses and Telehealth: Current Practice and Future Trends

Nurses and Telehealth: Current Practice and Future Trends

Sisira Edirippulige (University of Queensland, Australia), Anthony C. Smith (University of Queensland, Australia), Mark Bensink (University of Queensland, Australia), Nigel R. Armfield (University of Queensland, Australia) and Richard Wootton (University of Queensland, Australia)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-988-5.ch022
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Nurses play a pivotal role in the provision of healthcare. Home telehealth, the use of information and communication technologies to deliver and support healthcare directly to the home, is emerging as an important application for nurses. This chapter provides an overview of home telehealth and how it may be applied to the practical challenges nurses face everyday. We provide a summary of the evidence available to support its use in specific areas and a guide for those thinking of implementing telehealth in their own practice. The future of home telehealth lies in carefully considered and designed research, ongoing education and training and a multidisciplinary approach. This chapter aims to stimulate the consideration of home telehealth as an application that may improve nursing care and ultimately patient outcomes.

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