Hospital bracelets are more than a souvenir for Sauk Prairie Memorial Hospital & Clinics’ patients. Patient bracelets include a barcode, which nurses and doctors can scan with a wireless scanner to make sure they’re administering the correct medication to the correct patient.
SPMHC also uses other technology to ensure efficient, top notch care for patients. Physicians use smart phones to access information like drug references. Nurses have mobile, wireless computer stations that allow the flexibility of having a computer when needed but also the convenience of not having to work around one when not needed. Various staff members wear Vocera devices which function like a hands-free phone, allowing them to be available regardless of their location in the hospital.
“We continue to implement technologies in ways that improve the safety and quality of patient care at SPMHC,” said Marybeth Bay, Information Technology director. “In addition to our electronic health record system and digital medical imaging system, we leverage wireless technology to ensure our systems are available to staff anytime and anywhere.”
Recognizing these efforts, Hospitals & Health Networks (H&HN) recognized SPMHC in July with two awards, Most Wired and Most Wireless. The Most Wireless distinction was given to only 25 hospitals in the country.
“This award reflects our commitment to patient safety,” said Larry Schroeder, CEO of SPMHC. “We emphasize patient safety in everything we do. It will be a major theme in the design of our new healthcare campus.”
H&HN conducted the 2010 survey in cooperation with McKesson Corporation and The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives. H&HN, the journal of the American Hospital Association, conducts the voluntary Most Wired Survey annually which uses the results to name Most Wired hospitals and health systems. It is based on an organization’s level of achievement in four focus areas: Business and Administrative Management, Clinical Quality and Safety, Care Continuum and Infrastructure.