ARC Journal of Nursing and Healthcare (AJNH), vol.2, no.3, pp.17-22, 2016 (Refereed Journals of Other Institutions)
Telehealth implementation includes the practices that help giving care to individuals by monitoring them from a distance, generally in their homes, without making them come to the clinic. Telehealth services ensure that patients participate in their own care effectively, increase their self-direction to cope with the disease, and cover certain initiatives that reduce health-related costs, such as training and consultancy. With a fast development of technology, the use of technological appliances in the area of health would facilitate access to health services. Telehealth practices ensure that the persons who have difficulty accessing health services due to geograpghical and other reasons are provided with equal level of care. Moreover, they facilitate monitoring individuals with chronic diseases and increase the quality of care by providing communication and consultancy for those who give care in areas with technological insufficiencies. In this regard, fast-developing technological infrastructure and use of information technologies in nursing, as stressed by American Nursing Association, are very important today. This study suggested that the primary goals in the future should be to increase the costeffectiveness of health care and strengthen the competencies of professionals and institutions by implementing proper health policies.