Tele-nursing has witnessed substantial growth over the past few years, emerging as one of the most sought-after solutions in the world of healthcare. This popularity is not without reason though; i.e. they do indeed offer a world of benefits to any organization and facility operating in this sector. From cutting down the cost associated with the provision of care to delivering high-quality services to a bigger audience, there is much to be gained from telenursing solutions. Before we delve into the details, let us quickly take a look at exactly how this concept works.

Much like any other technology-driven solution, telenursing tools too comprise different components.

  1. Nurse app: These apps typically provide nurses with access to a list of patients, individual patients’ histories, appointment scheduling, instant messaging, etc.
  2. Patient app: Via such an app, patients can request appointments with nurses, update their vitals in real-time, access self-help content, etc.
  3. Cloud computing: Of course, all the incoming data needs to be safely stored somewhere, which, in this case, is cloud-based storage. Here healthcare companies collate extensive information and data about the patients they serve.
  4. Video server: This enables video conferencing between patients and nurses in real-time.
  5. Admin panel: This is operated by the healthcare institution, enabling them to monitor the list of staff, provide requisite access to apps, etc.

Now that we understand how telenursing works, allow us to walk you through some of its real-world applications.

  1. Home care: While quality home care was always a necessity, it has been rendered critical now that we are in the middle of a pandemic. With telenursing, one can ensure just that, especially for the elderly and those patients who are confined to their homes for whatever reason.
  2. Management of chronic diseases: Chronic diseases mandate strict adherence to a care plan. It can track patients’ vitals remotely, allowing nurses to assist patients and issue care instructions even remotely.

Next up, some of the most important features of a telenursing solution.

  1. Remote patient monitoring: This allows nurses to keep an eye on patients’ vitals, no matter if they are collected via wearables or manually entered by the patients themselves, and provide requisite care.
  2. Image and video sharing: This feature allows nurses to closely monitor the effectiveness of treatment plans, side effects, the healing process, etc. via analysis of images and videos shared by patients.
  3. Remote consultations: Patients can contact and engage with a nurse, who can, in turn, consult with a doctor to gauge progress and recommend any adjustments to the treatment plan.

Finally, let’s wrap this up with a few factors that will help you decide if you need such a solution.

  1. Safety: Once again, the pandemic has only increased the focus on ensuring better safety for patients. So, if that is your concern as well, then telehealth is for you.
  2. Cost: If you are looking to save costs, telenursing can help with that too — via remote consultations, better scheduling, etc.
  3. Convenience: Tele-nursing makes it considerably more convenient for patients to access healthcare, especially those who are unable to visit a doctor in person.

It is clear to see that a telehealth nursing solution stands to deliver a world of benefits to any organization in the healthcare sector. So, as long as you have a proper strategy and an expert service provider to assist, you can quickly get to delivering a substantially better quality of care to your patients.

Author's Bio: 

Kaushal Shah manages digital marketing communications for the enterprise technology services provided by Rishabh Software.