Jill Tucker, RN says:

“Technology for using ‘virtual touch’—devices that allow patients to feel a nurses touch remotely—is still a ways off, but the role of Informatics Specialist will be yet another way for nurses to maintain a hold in the new health care world. Informatics is a field that melds information science, computer science, and health care, and will prove to be an increasingly important tool for nurses at the top of the care game.”
The Affordable Care Act and New Nursing Roles

HIMSS.org  October 9, 2013