Digital technology for patient care: an essential for cardio-thoracic nurses in the 21st century


  • Aree Cheevakasemsook School of Nursing, Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University


digital technology, essential, nursing, cardio-thoracic disease


          In the 21st century, there is disruptively advanced digital technology in various dimensions which support the human way of life as well as “new normal” approaches with social distancing due to the COVID-19 outbreak since December of the year 2019. These changes lead nurses to increasingly depend on using digital technology in both nursing services and management to respond to those alterations. Particularly, nursing service for patients with cardiothoracic diseases also use a variety of digital technology: communication technology, artificial intelligence, internet of things, wearable electronics, robotics, and drones. Hence, nurses should have digital competencies in knowledge, skills, and attributes for accurate and proper application. Moreover, it is necessary for the workplace to enhance nurses’ ability to apply these technologies for providing care to patients with quality, safety, and rapidity to achieve optimal patient benefits.


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