The art and science of nursing is acknowledged today and every day at McKesson. As part of the interdisciplinary team, nurses make a unique contribution to patient care in a multitude of settings. The annual Gallup honesty/ethics poll confirmed nursing as the leading profession when it comes to ethics and honesty since 2001, with the latest survey conducted in December 2016. The report concluded, “On the front-line nurses are in the position to collaborate with patients and use their influence to empower them to take control of their healthcare needs.”
In line with this year’s International Nurses Day theme, Nurses: A Voice to Lead, Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, and acknowledging healthcare is undergoing transformational change, with eHealth playing a driving force, McKesson aims to support nurses and all clinicians to play a pivotal role in the design and implementation of our solutions to better support patient outcomes and health service delivery.
Today there are many eHealth models in place such as telemedicine, telehealth, mHealth, welfare technology, and smart home technology. Nursing brings a wealth of knowledge which can positively influence future development and eHealth is an important tool for nurses to meet future challenges.
The application of eHealth has transformative benefits, as it:
- develops healthcare services that are more accessible for patients
- supports a safer and more efficient patient journey through the system
- contributes to satisfactory documentation routines and efficient information flow
- strengthens professional guidance and collaboration within and between professional groups and organisations
- will enable replacement of physical visits with long-distance contact
- will enable health promotion and transition to models of wellness, particularly in the chronic disease groups
- will simplify involvement of patient, family member and volunteers
- ensures satisfactory continuity of patient follow-up
- will contribute to development of the role of the nursing and midwifery profession.
The introduction and use of eHealth must occur in line with ethical principles: respect, advocacy, participation in decision-making, dignity and confidentiality. Continuing to provide patient care that is evidence-based with compassion and kindness, is one of the many unique contributions nurses can make. In addition, they can also play a lead role in the design of eHealth solutions and models of care.
McKesson welcomes the opportunity to work with you and looks forward to what we can produce together now and into the future. Click here to contact us.