The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners has been at the forefront of the healthcare industry’s push to embrace technology.
The association, which represents nearly 7,000 nurses and other health care professionals, says it will continue to lead innovation in this area.
But the association’s chief executive, Deborah A. Johnson, said she expects to see more consolidation.
In her interview with Bloomberg, Johnson acknowledged that the profession is moving toward technology, but said she was optimistic that the association would maintain its leadership role in this direction.
“There’s no reason we can’t be as innovating as we can be,” she said.
AAPN says its members will meet in May in Chicago to discuss its next steps.
The organization said it plans to work with the Association of American Medical Colleges to “develop and test innovative technologies that help improve the delivery of primary care and care coordination, including the use of wearable devices and computer-assisted clinical assessments.”
The AAPN said it will “lead the efforts to accelerate the development of these technologies and provide the support needed to facilitate the rapid development of a truly universal access to these technologies for the primary care workforce.”
The APN did not respond to a request for comment.
The American Nurses Association said it is working with the association on “all fronts” to advance the technology that will allow healthcare professionals to make better use of their time.
“We’re looking forward to the opportunity to collaborate with them and to see where we’re going with the technology in the coming months,” said Kathy O’Malley, the group’s president.
The AAPS said it would work with other professional associations to “continue to push forward on this issue.”
The association said it hopes to share information on its roadmap for “early access” to technology.
“As we continue to move toward this goal, we hope that our members can take a proactive role in shaping that vision and creating solutions for their patients, which will allow us to deliver high quality care to their needs, faster and more effectively,” Johnson said.