Please welcome guest blogger, Daniel Weberg, co-author of Leadership for Evidence-Based Innovation in Nursing and Health Professions for an informative post on technology.
Emerging technologies are rapidly changing how nursing care is delivered by enhancing the tools for patient assessment, enabling care anywhere, delivering instant information for evidence-based care interventions, and the improving efficiency and quality of care delivery. Remote monitoring, virtual wound care, and high definition video allow nurses to assess patients away from the bedside. Care is being delivered anywhere through the use of social networks and virtual wound care tools. Information is delivered instantly to care providers through mobile devices, data dashboards, and virtual learning systems. Finally, patient care has become more efficient through the linkage of Real Time Location Systems connecting patient, equipment, and nurses together for coordinated efforts. Technology is enabling care in ways that the profession may not be prepared to handle.
With the bombardment of technology into the healthcare workspace, nursing and healthcare leaders may not know how to select technologies, understand their return-on-investment (ROI), or accurately assess the impact on the nursing workforce. Healthcare leaders need to “get under the hood” to understand the systemic and the complex impact involved with technology solutions. Failing to do so risks the efficiency and effectiveness of care delivery, similar to using a band aid to support a fractured femur.
Healthcare leaders should understand that implementing technology upon broken workflows and processes only serves to break them faster. Technology solutions should enable a complex and comprehensive shift to improve care delivery and further advance the organization towards The Triple Aim.
Nursing and technology together can decrease cost, improve patient experience, and improve population health. Real time location technology, better data for decision making, and coordinated care can significantly reduce cost to the system. Patient experience can be enhanced by keeping them informed through interactive patient care systems, routing concerns to roles that can immediately solve the issue instead of alerting nurses for non-nursing issues, and providing personalized care through better analytics and integrations. Finally, population health can be enhanced as nurses interact with patient social networks beyond the four walls of care, utilize remote patient monitoring to visualize trends that require intervention, and better link care across the continuum.
As evidence-based innovation leaders, we must see the changes that technology brings as a catalyst for new ways of collaboration that focus on teamwork, better data for decision making, and building relationships across the traditional boundaries of location. These new relationships will add diversity to the system and allow for amazing possibilities in delivering care for the future.
About the text:
Written by healthcare leaders for current and future innovation leaders, Leadership for Evidence-Based Innovation in Nursing and Health Professions addresses the current and emerging issues facing healthcare leaders and practitioners who lead evidence-based innovation. A truly unique text, it systematically addresses innovation and evidence from the perspectives of both a leader and a practitioner within the context of health care.