In celebration of U.S. National Health IT Week, HIMSS and the ePolicy Institute are asking all of us to focus on supporting healthy communities and driving transformation to promote better health outcomes. While the healthcare industry faces challenges, many information technology innovations are helping hospitals across the country achieve impressive results.
Since Voalte was founded more than 10 years ago, we have been dedicated to creating healthcare communication tools that help caregivers work more efficiently and improve patient care. So we truly appreciate when caregivers, patients and their families share stories that show how Voalte solutions have contributed to their quality of care. To mark Health IT Week, we’re pleased to share some of their stories.
At Sarasota Memorial Hospital, what should have been a joyous occasion for one mother turned scary when her baby was born at only 29 weeks, weighing just 3 pounds 3 ounces. Baby Avery was admitted to the NICU, where the IT staff had implemented an alarm management strategy and Voalte Platform so caregivers could efficiently coordinate care and closely monitor tiny babies like Avery, even when they weren’t in the same room.
At Avera Health, when a patient presented with an active heart attack at a remote location, it was only days after the health system’s Clinical Informatics team had rolled out Voalte Me on physicians’ smartphones. The ED physician snapped an image of the patient’s heart rhythm and fired it off in a text message to the Cardiologist on duty, who immediately sent a helicopter to transport the patient.
With a background in IT and Systems Administration, Vinita Singh, MN, RN, CCRN, Nurse Manager at University of Washington’s Valley Medical Center, says she understands how technology can help caregivers deliver better care and improve the patient experience. With better communication and optimized workflows, the hospital saw skin integrity events and medication errors drop significantly.
This week—and every week—we are more focused than ever on ensuring our solutions help caregivers improve quality of care. How is your health system using information technology to improve patient care?