According to Mastrian and McGonigle (2017), nurses who  participate in telehealth must be “licensed to practice in all of the  states in which they provide telehealth services by directly interacting  with patients” (p. 381). This can be challenging as states have  different rules and regulations regarding licensure, continuing  education requirements are different as well as fees and renewal  process.             

Trends in healthcare technology

The most promising healthcare technology to me is  virtual visits, mobile health, telehealth, and telemedicine technology.  One can get in touch with a healthcare provider as long as one has a  smartphone and internet access. It could provide access to so many more  patients in need of healthcare that resides in rural areas or have no  means to transport themselves to the physician’s office. It could save  time and money for patients as we all know healthcare can get expensive  very easily and very fast. According to Abuhaimidd, Meetoo and Rylance  (2018), technology in healthcare with the use of mobile devices can  “truly offer the potential to promote healthcare management and health  behaviour change outside formal clinical settings” (p. 1176). This does  not take away the significance of having a physical visit with a  physician, those visits are intended for more complicated health issues,  but I believe this technology has potential to truly help those with  chronic illnesses to be able to manage their health on their own, make  them accountable for their own wellbeing, patients can share data,  interact with clinicians over a mobile device instead of having to go to  the doctor’s office.

Telehealth rules

According to Mastrian and McGonigle (2017), nurses who  participate in telehealth must be “licensed to practice in all of the  states in which they provide telehealth services by directly interacting  with patients” (p. 381). This can be challenging as states have  different rules and regulations regarding licensure, continuing  education requirements are different as well as fees and renewal  process.

References

Abuhaimid, H. A., Meetoo, D., & Rylance, R. (2018). Health  care in a technological world. British Journal of Nursing, 27(20).  1172-1177.

Barreto, E. A., Cohen, A. B., Donelan, K., Estrada, J. J.,  Michael, C., Schwamm, L. H., … Wozniak, J. (2019). Patient and clinician  experiences with telehealth for patient follow-up care. American  Journal of Managed Care, 25(1), 40-44.

Chaet, D., Clearfield, R., Sabin, J. E., & Skimming, K.  (2017). Ethical practice in telehealth and telemedicine. Journal of  General Internal Medicine, 32(10), 1136-1140.

Mastrian, K. G., & McGonigle, D. (2017). Nursing informatics and the foundation of knowledge (4th ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.