Nurses, physicians and other hospital caregivers now use numerous apps for improving patient care and safety. But how can hospitals efficiently and securely integrate these apps, including data from EMRs and lab orders, into their workflows to enable nurses and clinicians to quickly access this information at the point of care?
In a HIMSS Media webinar on Tuesday, February 18, at 12 p.m., Stephanie Lenz, MSN, RN, Chief Clinical Information Officer for Children’s of Alabama in Birmingham, will show how her hospital consolidated multiple apps on hospital-issued smartphones using the Voalte platform, part of the Hillrom care communications solutions.
Children’s of Alabama is the third-largest pediatric medical facility in country with more than 676,000 outpatient visits and 15,000 inpatient admissions each year. It began using Voalte in 2012 for secure texting, alarm notifications and group messaging, and has since added multiple apps to clinician smartphones, including:
- EMR Application – To look up orders, results and other documentation, and to use for bar-coded medication administration.
- Lab Handbook – To look up ordered labs and determine the amount of blood needed and appropriate container.
- LexiComp – To reference medication infusion parameters, safe dose ranges, compatibility, patient education and contraindications.
- AirStrip – To review patient waveforms on the cardiorespiratory monitor.
In the webinar, Stephanie will do a step-by-step walkthrough of three real-life workflow scenarios in the pediatric ICU when treating Alice, a 5-year-old girl who had a fever for four days and difficulty breathing. By comparing the unit’s pre-mobile and post-mobile workflows, she will show how the hospital clinicians’ use of smartphone apps and secure-texting:
- Significantly reduced the steps required for drawing an obscure lab, contacting a physician to order a medication, and administering a medication for the first time.
- Prevented Alice from having to be re-stuck for a lab re-draw because the initial volume was insufficient for the test.
- Eliminated delays in care caused by nurses and physicians needing to use workstations, hospital directories, online paging systems and phone calls.
- Enabled nurses to review medication details, including warnings, and calculate a safe dosage for Alice’s weight at her bedside.
Participants in this webinar can earn HIMSS credits to become a Certified Professional in Healthcare Information & Management Systems (CPHIMS) or a Certified Associate in Health Information & Management Systems (CAHIMS).
To learn more about the benefits of consolidating multiple apps on secure mobile devices, register now for the HIMSS Media webinar.