Digital Context.

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Digital ContextTable of ContentsIntroduction......................................................................................................................................3The emergence of Virtual Nursing..................................................................................................3Impacts on healthcare......................................................................................................................5Relation with conventional nursing.................................................................................................6Risks in Virtual Nursing..................................................................................................................7Conclusion.......................................................................................................................................9References......................................................................................................................................102
Digital ContextIntroductionThe healthcare industry is expected to experience a shortage of 1.05 million Registered Nursesby 2022 (Walia et al., 2017). Virtual Nursing is one of the contemporary AI-based applicationsthat are being used widely to deliver quality health care services. The virtual nursing is not onlyeffective for addressing the shortage of professionals but among a certain group of patients, it isproved effective to offer greater benefits to the patients. Use of virtual nursing is proved effectiveto increase adherence to the treatment among HIV patients (Côté et al., 2015). However, becauseof the shortage of nursing professionals in next years and for obtaining positive healthcareoutcomes, the virtual nursing applications need to be integrated with the conventional carepractices (Abbott & Shaw, 2016). As the roles and responsibilities of the virtual nurses areexpanding, the concept of traditional nursing is also changing (Abbott & Shaw, 2016).Therefore, the complexity of the integration process of virtual nursing and traditional nursingcare is also increasing. The current research deals with the analysis of the different aspectsassociated with the use of virtual nursing in healthcare and its integration with traditionalpractices. The research includes discussion on the factors that led to the emergence of the virtualnursing applications. The research also includes analysis of the impacts on the healthcareindustry due to the use of virtual nurses. The research also identifies how traditional nursingpractices are being changed due to the use of virtual applications and how both practices can beintegrated together. Finally, the research also includes discussion on the risks due to the use ofvirtual nursing.The emergence of Virtual NursingThe new healthcare applications emerge due to several factors. The virtual nursing is one of thelatest advancements in the field of healthcare. The current section deals with the analysis of thedifferent factors that influenceon the emergence of virtual nurses.Technological advancement:The technology is used for bringing positive changes in the healthcare industry. The advancedtechnological applications are used for several purposes in the healthcare organizations includingthe incorporation of evidence-based practices, improving patient outcome, healthcare educations3
Digital Contextand empowering the patients (Melnyk, 2012). The virtual nursing is one such technologicalapplication that leads to patient empowerment and better patient outcomes. The virtual nursingapplications are designed using artificial intelligence (AI). Use of AI is one of the growing trendsin healthcare. The AI-based applications deploy algorithms for processing a large volume ofhealthcare data, identifying the key patterns from the data and using the insights for assistingclinical practices (Jiang et al., 2017). The AI-based applications are also advantageous becauseof their learning and self-correcting abilities. The self-correcting features of AI-basedapplications enable them to improve the accuracy on basis of the feedback (Jiang et al., 2017).As the availability of AI-based applications is increasing, the healthcare organizations are alsofocusing to utilize these technologies to offer better health outcomes (Dilsizian & Siegel, 2014).As an effect, the use of virtual nurses in healthcare is also increasing.Need for assisting healthcare professionals:The increasing demand for healthcare professionals is one of the key issues experienced by theglobal healthcare industry (Aithal & Aithal, 2017; Walia et al., 2017). The accessibility of thehealthcare services is interrupted significantly due to lack of the professionals (Aithal & Aithal,2017). The task shifting is one of the effective solutions to address the issues associated with theshortage of healthcare professionals. The task shifting enables healthcare service-providers tooffer quality services tothe patients. Use of advanced technological applications such as virtualnurse is effective to enable healthcare professionals in task shifting. The task shifting canincrease the availability of alternative healthcare services. The task shifting is also effective forproviding better patient service. Enhancing the cost-effectiveness of healthcare services is oneof the key concerns ofthe healthcare organizations (Aithal & Aithal, 2017). The task shiftingusing advanced technology is also necessary for increasing cost-effectiveness of the healthcareservices. The increasing need to make healthcare services more accessible to patients is one ofthe key factors that influence the emergence of virtual nurses in the healthcare industry (Walia etal., 2017). The AI-based applications are not able to replace the human professional completely,but the attribute of these applications to process a large amount of information and makedecisions can assist the healthcare professionals to execute their tasks to an extent.4
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