Learn How Nurses Can Revolutionize Home Health Technology

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Learn about the factors driving the growth of home health technology, how this fast-growing movement can positively impact nursing careers and why it has the potential to address many of the challenges currently facing the health care system in American Sentinel University’s new three-part nursing blog series: ‘Home Health Technology: Learn About the Critical Role It Plays in Keeping Patients Out of the Hospital’ available at http://www.americansentinel.edu/blog/2012/01/04/revolutionizing-the-house-call-the-case-for-home-health-technology/.

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“More than ever, nurses will play a key role to counteract some of the challenges presented by an aging population, including how to communicate with and care for patients remotely. Home health technologies will play an increasing role.”

The catchphrase - “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up®” - promoted a medical device back in the 1980s that gave the elderly access to emergency services and was the public’s first exposure to the idea of home health monitoring. Since then, the range of home health technologies has grown tremendously and some experts believe the field is poised to virtually explode in the decades ahead – and that it has the potential to address many of the challenges currently facing the health care system.

American Sentinel University launched a new nursing blog series: ‘Home Health Technology: Learn About the Critical Role It Plays in Keeping Patients Out of the Hospital,’ a three-part series available at http://www.americansentinel.edu/blog/2012/01/04/revolutionizing-the-house-call-the-case-for-home-health-technology/.

The Home Health Technology blog series addresses the factors driving the growth of home health technology, how nurses can play a role in developing and implementing new home health technologies and discusses how this fast-growing movement can positively impact their nursing careers.

“As the baby boom generation reaches retirement age and the need to manage chronic diseases expands, the additional demands on the health care system will be enormous,” says Dr. Catherine Garner, DrPH, MSN, RN, FAAN, dean, health sciences and nursing, at American Sentinel University. “More than ever, nurses will play a key role to counteract some of the challenges presented by an aging population, including how to communicate with and care for patients remotely. Home health technologies will play an increasing role.”

The blog series cover such important topics as:

-Making the case for home health technology
-Home health technology goes futuristic and drives exciting new advances
-Are policy issues killing home health technology?
-How does this fast-growing movement affect nurses and their careers?
-What skills do nurses need to be involved with the home health care movement?

Home health technologies – which can include remote monitoring devices and telemedicine – can address many of the inefficiencies that are driving up costs in our current methods of care delivery.

“These technologies can enhance the case management process and improve the ways in which we manage chronic disease. Simply put, they have the potential to keep people out of the hospital in the first place, and to improve post-discharge care after they have been hospitalized,” says Dr. Garner.

For nurses interested in nursing informatics, there will be opportunities to be involved in developing and implementing home health care technologies.

Case management skills will also be in demand as the health care system seeks ways to manage a population of patients who are aging in place at home.

Go to http://www.americansentinel.edu/blog/2012/01/04/revolutionizing-the-house-call-the-case-for-home-health-technology/ to read the ‘Home Health Technology: Learn About the Critical Role It Plays in Keeping Patients Out of the Hospital’ blog series.

For nurses who have been considering enhancing their education, now is a good time to develop new skills and empower themselves with knowledge through an online RN to BSN or RN to MSN degree. American Sentinel University is an innovative, accredited provider of affordable online nursing degrees, including programs that prepare nurses for a specialty in areas like case management and informatics.

Learn more about American Sentinel University’s accredited online RN to BSN program at http://www.americansentinel.edu/health-care/rn-to-b-s-nursing or online RN to MSN program at http://www.americansentinel.edu/health-care/rn-to-m-s-nursing.

About American Sentinel University
American Sentinel University delivers the competitive advantages of accredited online degree programs in nursing, informatics, an MBA Health Care, and a DNP Executive Leadership. Its online, affordable, flexible bachelor’s and most master’s nursing degree programs are accredited by the Commission for the Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The university is accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC). The Accrediting Commission of DETC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency and is a recognized member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

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