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Telehealth and the Future of Computer Technology in Nursing
A brief review of the literature on the implementation of telehealth as a form of healthcare.
# 153242 | 866 words | 5 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on May 09, 2013 in Medical and Health (Nursing) , Computer and Technology (General)

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The paper examines the literature on telehealth and remote healthcare and discusses the merits and drawbacks of implementing this form of healthcare. The paper also explores the challenges and opportunities involved from a leadership perspective, that includes the experience of physicians, nurses and other clinicians in technology and home care. The paper shows how a bedside manner may soon be replaced by an e-mail manner, and clean and safe hospital facilities may be replaced by home health care. The paper concludes that answers remain to be seen as to the implications of this shift in technology for nurses and if all of these changes are moving healthcare in a positive direction.

Summary of Article
Advantages in Implementation
Drawbacks of Implementation
Challenges and Opportunities from a Leadership Perspective

From the Paper:

"There are unquestionably many benefits to remote health care. Less money need be spent on facilities for inpatient treatment. For outpatient treatment, less staff is required to handle an influx of patients. This savings can be passed on directly to patients. In fact "advocates say telehealth, if carefully focused, could help reduce costs for the 5 percent of patients in the United States who account for most of the spending" (Freudenheim, 2010).
"In addition, patients will feel more in control of their healthcare, as "some systems provide personalized feedback that helps keep the patient in the loop" (Freudenheim, 2010). This will be helpful particularly for patients in rural or underserved areas and for elderly or acutely ill patients who are housebound. In his article on the use of telehealth, Steven Landers (2010) relates a number of reasons that the trend is beneficial for older patients, including decreased mobility and access to transportation, complications of hospital stays (including falls and infections), and the level of comfort and relaxation that home care provides. A nurse interviewed in the New York Times article stated, "We found our home care patients will tell things to those telehealth units that they hesitate to tell the nurse" (Freudenheim, 2010)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Coyle, M. C., Duffy, J. R., & Martin, E. M. (2007). Teaching / learning: Health promoting behaviors through telehealth. Nursing Education Perspectives, 28.
  • Freudenheim, M. (2010, November 23). Wired up at home to monitor illnesses. The New York Times, p. D5. Retrieved March 06, 2011, from
  • Landers, S. H. (2010). Why health care is going home. New England Journal of Medicine, 363, 1690-1691. doi: 10.1056/NEJMp1000401
  • Rannefeld, L. (2004). The doctor will e-mail you now: Physicians' use of telemedicine to treat patients over the internet. Journal of Law and Health, 19(1).
  • Roberts, M. C. (Ed.). (2003). Handbook of Pediatric Psychology (2nd ed.). New York: Guilford Press. Retrieved March 7, 2011, from Questia database:

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