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This post, by Senior Fellow Liz Seegert, was originally published on July 10, 2012 on TheAtlantic.com, presented by Capella University. It is reposted here with their permission.
tech_nursing_largeThere’s no doubt that technology is revolutionizing health care. Nowhere is this more true than in the field of nursing

From telemedicine to smart beds, nurses are at the forefront of managing high-tech health care solutions. The right technology can help nurses deliver more efficient, safer and higher-quality patient care.

Changing for the Better

“Telemedicine and tele-monitoring are commonplace now,” said Patricia Spencer, RN, BSN, MBA, former director of dialysis services at South Nassau Community Hospital in Oceanside, N.Y. “Care coordination is done electronically, allowing patients to remain at home. We check on patients virtually, and remotely retrieve vitals such as glucose levels, or heart rate.”

Senior Fellow, May May Leung, PhD, RD, is an assistant professor at the CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College.  Her research expertise includes the development and evaluation of innovative health communication and community-based interventions to prevent childhood obesity. 

Source: http://1.usa.gov/MK5YMI

Source: http://1.usa.gov/MK5YMI

As we all have heard by now, the Supreme Court upheld Obama’s Affordable Care Act on June 28th!  Overall the Act, which aims to increase access to health coverage for Americans, has remained relatively unchanged.

Did you know that this Act also includes a provision (Section 4205) related to restaurant menu labeling?  This provision mandates restaurants and similar retail food establishments with 20 or more locations to post calorie content information for standard menu items directly on the menu and menu boards.  Vending machine operators with 20 or more machines are also required to disclose calorie content for certain items.

Barbara Glickstein doing show-n-tell with her Droid.

Barbara Glickstein doing show-n-tell with her Droid.

I am posting this from 30,000 feet up on a flight returning from the National Symposium of Nurse Practitioners held in Cooper Mountain Colorado. Wow. The Rocky Mountains are gorgeous. This city gal opened the door to her patio the first evening and a baby squirrel made her way in to my surprise. A loud shoo sent her running out to my relief. There’s just so much nature I can handle.

I was honored to keynote this group of 1000 Nurse Practitioners (NPs). My talk, “Adapt & Thrive: Health Care in the Digital Era” (shout out of thanks to CHMP NAC member Pat Thomas who helped me coin that title). My message- new media is where NPs can bring their voices. Their voices are needed and the digital media landscape is where they can address issues that will influence healthy public policy, educate the public and advocate to remove barriers that limit their scope of practice, create equity in reimbursement in both federal and private insurance programs and gain access to more federal funding to create innovative models of care in communities across the United States.