Practice Standards set out requirements related to specific aspects of nurses' practice. They link with other standards, policies and bylaws of the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia and all legislation relevant to nursing practice.
Telehealth is an important component in the delivery of health services. Telehealth1 refers to the use of communications and information technology to deliver health and health care services and information over large and small distances.
Telehealth may include any or all of the following:
Telehealth technologies range from simple (e.g., telephone, email, personal digital assistant) to complex (e.g., live, two-way videoconferencing, remote control surgical instrumentation). Telehealth is rapidly changing to provide more information, faster communication and instant access within health care.
Nurses2 in all practice settings can use telehealth to deliver care, provide education, monitor client progress, access client records, obtain information, and foster communication and collaboration among themselves, their colleagues and their clients.
Clients and health care providers in all communities benefit from the increased accessibility that telehealth offers. Telehealth can replace or complement some components of face-to-face health care. However, because the client is in a different location, a nurse's ability to do a comprehensive assessment is reduced, and therefore telehealth may not be appropriate for all situations.
Telehealth: the use of communications and information technology to deliver health and health care services and information over large and small distances3.
CRNBC's Standards of Practice (Professional Standards, Practice Standards, and Scope of Practice Standards) set out requirements for practice that nurses must meet.
For more information on this or any other practice issue, contact CRNBC's Practice Support Services by email at
email@example.com or call 604.736.7331 ext. 332 or toll-free 1.800.565.6505.
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