Remote monitoring systems, 3-D cameras, laser imaging devices, and high definition video — to name a few — are allowing nurses to assess patients more easily than ever before. Patients are being informed, connected, and activated through social networks, and care providers are accessing information instantly through mobile devices, data dashboards, and virtual learning systems. With these innovations come changes in workflow, new decisionmaking processes, learning curves as staff are trained, and an evolution in the patient-provider relationship.
High Resolution: Laser Scans Improve Wound Care at Kaiser Permanente, the first case study in a series, looks at the use of laser technology by Kaiser nurses to assess and measure wounds and share that information with other providers.
This series explores different areas of technology innovation in the field of nursing: instant information, patient engagement, telehealth, social networks for population health, and electronic Intensive Care Unit (eICU). It features members of the Innovation Learning Network (ILN), a community of health care leaders and innovators focused on making health care better through good design.
The first case study, as well as a prior report on this topic, Equipped for Efficiency: Improving Nursing Care Through Technology, is available under Document Downloads.