The rise of virtual nursing: How digital care innovations can address nursing shortages and improve the care experience
In this whitepaper, we discuss how to incorporate virtual nurses into in-person, virtual and automated care settings as well as the technical solutions that can enable virtual nursing care.
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Nurses across the nation are feeling the post-COVID strain of smaller care teams, larger patient caseloads and cumbersome administrative workflows taking them away from bedside care, resulting in burnout and increased vacancies. The national vacancy rate for nurses in 2022 was 17%, with over 81% of hospitals reporting vacancy rates over 10%.
Healthcare has seen an increase in the adoption of hybrid care, and these strategies can be used to mitigate the strain felt by nursing shortages. Hybrid care approaches that incorporate automated care programs and virtual visits can not only address nursing shortages, but improve the care experience for both clinicians and patients.
In this whitepaper, we discuss:
- How to incorporate virtual nurses into in-person, virtual and automated care settings
- Technical solutions that can enable virtual nursing care
- Actual payer and provider virtual nursing use cases and outcomes
- Practical ways to achieve digital care buy-in and adoption