In spring 2020, during the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, Telehealth became recognized as one of the main methods of providing care for patients.
Telehealth has been believed to be around since the late 1800’s but has now expanded and became more prevalent due to the immediate shift to virtual care during the pandemic. With the growing use of virtual care today, Telehealth will not be going away any time soon.
With that immediate shift to virtual care, nurses were inevitably expected to handle technology with limited to no prior training in Telehealth. Due to this many nurses were not prepared to deliver virtual care when the Covid-19 pandemic hit. Prior to this, healthcare workers were primarily assigned to care for in-person patients.
Until that point, only a few nursing programs integrated Telehealth and virtual care into their curriculum, creating a big shift and leaving healthcare workers unprepared.
However, In response to Covid-19 pandemic, more people are becoming aware of telehealth and are now familiar with its purpose and delivery methods, thus reevaluating the training practice of virtual care in nursing education.
Around this time KbPort™ jumped into action, realizing learners will need experience with Telehealth before going into a real-world setting. To start, we added an entirely new Telehealth feature to SimEMR®, our simulated electronic medical records.
In addition, we added SimCartRx™ Telehealth, a high-level, fully-integrated mobile cart that integrates a display and PTZ camera to allow learners to gain experience with telehealth systems. When combined, SimCartRx™ Telehealth and SimEMR® Telehealth, are an all-inclusive adjunct to virtual care.
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