Improving Personal Health Device Communications Through Consensus Building
The internet of things allows nurses to be more engaged in patient care while simultaneously reducing the amount of time and energy required to care for each patient. Nurses will be facing a more technology-heavy role in their careers as the field continues to advance.
As less time is spent with each patient, “bedside manner” will become increasingly important. More communication will be provided electronically through apps or video calls, including care reminders to help promote a healthy lifestyle.
Nurses will play a vital role in teaching patients how various smart sensors or other monitoring devices work in conjunction with their healthcare and why the increased technology is important and beneficial. Applications that interface with a health system’s software can provide reminders to patient when it’s time to take medication or exercise, or alert the patient’s care team if a patient misses doses or if there is an unexpected change in the patient’s physical condition.
Applications that interface with a health system’s software will allow nurses easier access to a patient’s progress and needs. Care providers are able to see and update patient records in real time based on information collected from wearable devices or other monitoring systems.
The internet of things is starting to make that possibility a reality by utilizing smart sensors and wearable technology — and the impact on nursing will be massive.