A new position statement by the International Council of Nurses (ICN) highlights the ways in which the digital technology revolution supports the rapid and positive transformation of health care systems and facilitates the delivery of nursing care and how people engage with their health and wellness.
The position statement, Digital health transformation and nursing practice, shows how digital technologies “have the potential to support equitable and universal access to health services, increase the efficiency and reliability of health systems, improve patient and health worker safety, respond to health workforce shortages, reduce costs and, ultimately, improve people’s health outcomes.”
In March this year, ICN President Dr Pamela Cipriano, speaking on the occasion of International Women’s Day which had the theme “DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality”, said:
“Recent advances in digital health, including delivery of virtual care, the analysis of big data, the introduction of smart wearables and the dramatic developments in artificial intelligence, reinforce the need for nurses to be digital health experts so that they can maximize the advantages of these technologies, for the benefit of their patients.
Empowering nurses through innovations in digital health care will advance gender equity and improve patient care, but these benefits will only come about if sufficient attention is paid to nurses’ needs in an increasingly technological world.”
The new ICN position statement shows how nurses are accessing and using digital technologies to improve patient care and access to health care services.
However, it warns that “The digital divide - the gap that exists between those who have access to modern information and communication technology and those who do not – is creating a world where the benefits of digital transformation are not equal between countries or societal groups.”
As the global voice of nursing, ICN:
ICN’s position statements address a variety of areas related to health, well-being and nursing professional advancement.
All position statements can be found here.