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Avera expands telemedicine efforts to virtual nursing

November 15, 2023
Sioux Falls Business
Contributed by: Bill Russell
Summary
Avera pioneers virtual nursing, monitoring programs, freeing up bedside nurses, ensuring constant patient assistance. Launched at Avera McKennan Hospital, Avera St. Mary’s Hospital, supports tasks like admission assessment, medication reconciliation, pain reassessments. Programs aim at effective patient care; virtual nurses work with bedside nurses, use tech for communication, tasks. Developed pre-COVID, expanded during pandemic. Aiming to integrate with rural facilities, tentatively plans expansion. Initial feedback positive, reduced falls, improved patient monitoring noted.
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