Giving patients the opportunity to access their own records online improves relationships with health professionals and gives patients autonomy.
Jeremy Hunt, secretary of state for health, gave a speech in January in which he challenged the NHS to go paperless by 2018 to save billions, improve services and help meet the challenges of an ageing population.
A trust introduced e-rostering to ensure fairer, safer shifts for staff and to improve care
New technology in practice
Continence problems can limit the lives of young people with spina bifida. A nurse-led telehealth clinic used Skype for remote discussions to develop their independence
Early, accurate assessment of stroke is essential if patients are to receive timely, effective treatment. Telemedicine can provide rapid access to expert assessment
Massive open online courses were developed to offer universal free access to high-quality higher education, and may offer new opportunities in nurse education
A lack of study leave can prevent nurses who hold diplomas from attaining graduate status. Online learning can provide professional development after registration
Nurse educators sometimes appear reluctant to use e-learning, and question whether it is appropriate for pre-registration nurse education for a number of reasons
With more care being provided outside acute hospitals, placements in the private, voluntary and independent sector can widen newly qualified nurses’ career choices
An evaluation found using video can enhance the student learning experience.
With the pace of technological developments ever increasing and people becoming more aware of the possibilities this offers, there is greater expectation and demand from patients for us to use technology to deliver higher standards of care and support.
Will paying for A&E treatment deter time wasters or prevent vulnerable people from accessing life-saving resources?
Social media pioneers
Last month, I wrote in defence of social media, talking about how nurses can embrace the positives and avoid the negatives. But what about people who engage with healthcare in a non-professional capacity - that is, the service users and their carers?