The nursing profession is increasingly embracing new technologies and virtual health capabilities to transform and augment patient care. From remote monitoring to telehealth consults, virtual nursing innovations are poised to revolutionize how patients connect to quality nursing expertise.
Several technologies allow nurses to monitor, assess, educate, and engage patients anytime, anywhere. Remote patient monitoring through wearable devices and sensors enables continuous tracking of health data and early interventions without an office visit. Telehealth platforms empower nurses to conduct virtual appointments, follow-ups, and mental health consults through video chat services.
Artificial intelligence is also beginning to augment human capabilities through AI-assisted diagnostics, analytics, and reference tools. Simulation training provides realistic scenario preparation that standardizes experiences for nursing students. Robots even allow nurses to take vitals and visually evaluate patients from afar.
These technologies are driving greater efficiency, access, and coordination. Patients beyond the reach of nursing professionals can now connect to them virtually. Rural areas, the homebound, and those lacking mobility can tap into expertise without the need to travel. Virtual whiteboards and care coordination platforms also allow nurses to streamline collaboration across care settings.
For patients, the benefits include enhanced convenience, reduced readmissions through follow-ups, and the ability to actively participate in their own care plans. They can also consult nursing experts pre- and post-operatively to ease transitions. For nurses, optimized workflows, standardized training, and real-time reference tools at the point of care support improved efficiency, decision-making, and work-life balance.
While not a replacement for compassionate in-person care, virtual nursing is a transformative supplement. It presents an unprecedented opportunity to use technology to deliver more patient-centered, continuous, and data-driven care. As healthcare systems continue to strategically adopt virtual health solutions, patients everywhere can look forward to connecting with quality nursing expertise anytime, anywhere. The future of smarter, more accessible nursing care is now.
This piece was written by Joey Meneses, CTO, IT Operations and Emerging Technologies, Akron Children’s Hospital.