Integrating Telehealth into Simulation
by © 2017 ~ June Kaminski, MSN PhD(c) and Arleigh Bell
Presented at Teaching with Pizzazz Conference, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, April 21, 2017
A demonstration to show how telehealth equipment like the new Livecare case and cart recently purchased by KPU can enhance the Faculty of Health simulation labs significantly by providing necessary education in utilizing telehealth equipment to assess, document, store, and discuss practice-related health data and information. This equipment will also help KPU nursing programs meet the expectations of CASN by cultivating the entry-to-practice competencies in Nursing Informatics that all Canadian nursing students are expected to demonstrate upon graduation.
In Phase One of a three-tiered proposal, KPU will use the Livecare equipment and network to add an essential new layer of complexity and realistic comprehensiveness in assessment, intervention planning, and information documentation to the SIMs lab environment. Students and faculty from all of the seven Faculty of Health programs can work with this equipment to gain practical experiential knowledge as well as expand their ability to apply technology and telehealth within their scope of practice.
We also gave a general overview of the equipment - the pre-configured telehealth case and cart are used to achieve real-time diagnostic input and clinical evaluations. This includes standard equipment for General Practice:
- General Examination Camera
- Digital Macro View Otoscope
- ENT (ear-nose-throat) Scope
- Electronic Stethoscope
- Vital Signs Monitor (blood pressure, pulse, temperature, oxygen saturation)