In recent years, there has been a significant increase in the use of technology in the field of Legal Nurse Consulting. Over the past decade, there has been a transition from review of hard copy documentation to review of electronical case files. The adoption of electronic medical records and telehealth has allowed Legal Nurse Consultants (LNCs) to access medical records more efficiently and to communicate with clients and other healthcare professionals more effectively.

One of the primary benefits of using technology in Legal Nurse Consulting is that it allows LNCs to work remotely. With the rise of remote work due to COVID-19, many LNCs have been able to work from anywhere with an internet connection. This has not only made it easier for LNCs to work with clients from all over the world, but it has also increased their productivity by eliminating the need for travel.

Another benefit of using technology in Legal Nurse Consulting is that it has made it easier to access medical records. Electronic medical records have become more common in recent years, and LNCs are now able to access medical records with just a few clicks of a button. This has not only made it easier for LNCs to review medical records, but it has also made it easier for them to identify patterns and trends in the data. Enhanced ease of use underscores the need to learn about new technology which assumes a learning curve. Being open and flexible to innovation is vital. Large volume electronic records are able to be maintained and organized using platforms, such as Adobe Acrobat Pro.

Additionally, technology has made it easier for LNCs to communicate with clients and other healthcare professionals. With the use of telehealth, LNCs can now communicate with clients from anywhere, allowing for more flexible scheduling and faster response times. Online platforms such as Google Meet, and Zoom enable direct communication between attorneys and LNCs, that is easily accessible and eliminates the need for in person meetings. LNCs can also collaborate with other healthcare professionals, such as physicians, nurses, and therapists, to provide a more comprehensive and interdisciplinary approach to legal cases.

However, with the increased use of technology in Legal Nurse Consulting comes the need for greater cybersecurity measures to protect sensitive information. LNCs must take appropriate security measures to protect their clients’ confidential medical and legal information.

In conclusion, the increasing use of technology in Legal Nurse Consulting has revolutionized the field, allowing for more efficient and effective communication, access to medical records, and remote work opportunities. LNCs must continue to stay up-to-date on the latest technology and security measures to provide the best possible service to their clients.

Cynthia Sylvia, legal nurse consultant, is a Certified Wound Care Nurse with 42 years of clinical expertise. With a Doctorate in Nursing and an MSc in Wound Healing, Cindy is a former VP of Clinical Affairs, an honorary lecturer at Cardiff University and a published author and international speaker.