[A version of this item appears in: Dementia: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWHT), Volume 2 Issue 11, June 2012].
The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has produced five guides to help nursing staff use new technology in improving clinical practice. This particular guide covers telehealth as an approach using a digital network to provide automated monitoring and care delivery to a patient who is in a different physical location to the health care professional providing treatment. Telehealth is not a substitute for clinical consultation; it should complement existing health care where face-to-face interaction does not make social, clinical or economic sense. Section headings in this guide comprise:
- Introduction: delivering health care remotely.
- Your guide to using telehealth in health care.
- The type of information being transmitted.
- Benefits of remote monitoring.
- Designing a remote monitoring service: guidance for leaders and managers.
- Evaluating and measuring success.
Using telehealth to monitor patients remotely: an RCN guide on using technology to complement nursing practice. London: Royal College of Nursing (RCN), May 10th 2012. ISBN: 978-1-908782-02-1