Telecommunication Technology and the Delivery of Health Services

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In healthcare today, many patients/clients are increasing using telehealth applications for monitoring their health status. At the same time, in clinics and hospitals, primary care providers (PCPs) including advanced practice nurses are being challenged by patient/client questions concerning healthcare-related information and practices reported on the Internet. This assignment relates to telehealth care, the impacts of telehealth on the nursing role, and the use of standards to evaluate and recommend credible websites to patients.

Assignment Criteria/Directions:

In this paper, students will examine telehealth, discuss one specific emerging telehealth tool, and identify implications of how telehealth impacts emerging telehealth nursing roles. Students will also use standard criteria to identify credible websites for a selected telehealth population and design a teaching plan to empower this population to evaluate health information on the Web.

Include the following in the scholarly paper as the work is composed and organized:

Telehealth Care and Telenursing

Discuss the clinical and non-clinical uses of this technology and provide examples
Identify the required safety and security provisions/standards for telehealth applications:
Ethical (including the American Nurses Association ?Code?)
Legal (including ?Meaningful Use? according to American Recovery and Reinvestment Act [ARRA])
Regulatory (credentialing and certification)
Generate a table of the major benefits and current challenges to adoption of telehealth applications
Analyze how telehealth affects patients? empowerment and patients? engagement in their own health
As a master?s prepared nurse in an advanced practice role, discuss how you would evaluate the quality and effectiveness of a telehealth tool

Telehealth Applications for a Population

Select a patient population using telehealth applications and identify one specific remote monitoring system/telehealth tool that would be appropriate for this patient population
Identify which standardized nursing and medical language(s) are captured by this tool
Access the Institute for Healthcare Improvement?s [IHI] website at http://www.ihi.org/Engage/Initiatives/TripleAim/Pages/default.aspx

Explain how this selected telehealth tool addresses each of the three dimensions of the ?IHI Triple Aim?

Explain how the master?s prepared nurse will be impacted by this telehealth application

Analyze the role of the telenurse in using and educating the patient about this specific telehealth tool

What training would be needed
What equipment would be used
How would you assess the patient and family?s response to this telehealth tool?

Evaluating Health-Related Websites for Populations

For the preferred patient population, identify two credible health-related web sites that would be useful to ensuring this population?s effective health status

Explain why (what specific aspects of the website) you would recommend these websites to this population.
What website evaluation criteria did you use?
Assess and report the reading level of information presented in each website
Present a teaching plan to educate these patients about how to select a reputable and credible health website to manage their health

This is a scholarly paper of 6 to 7 pages (excluding title page and reference page(s).