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International Journal of Nursing Education
Year : 2011, Volume : 3, Issue : 2
First page : ( 52) Last page : ( 55)
Print ISSN : 0974-9349. Online ISSN : 0974-9357.

Telenursing an emerging field

Kuriakose Juby Rose, Lecturer

MSc Nursing in Child Health Nursing, Philomena's College of Nursing, No. 4, Campbell Road, Viveknagar P.O., Bangalore, Karnataka, 560047

Abstract

Telenursing is a component of telehealth. It refers to the use of telecommunications and information technology for providing nursing services in health care whenever a large physical distance exists between patient and nurse. It has been defined as the delivery, management & coordination of care & services provided via information & telecommunication technologies. Technologies used in telenursing may include, but are not limited to Telephones (land lines & cell phones), Personal digital assistants (PDAs), Facsimile machines (faxes), Internet, video & audio conferencing, teleradiology, computer information systems, medical imaging and data transfer and encompass a range of disciplines, including nursing and midwifery, telerobotics etc. Telenursing is achieving a large rate of growth in many countries, due to several factors: the preoccupation in driving down the costs of health care, an increase in the number of aging and chronically ill population, and the increase in coverage of health care to distant, rural, small or sparsely populated regions. Nurses use commercially available protocols that have been developed by physicians & nurses in their own ambulatory care organization to assess the client over the telephone & to recommend approved interventions. Nurses can conduct physical home visits & clients can be supervised by nurses at an agency or at home.

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