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PatientSafe Solutions’ Emma® System Selected by Parkview Medical Center to Improve Enterprise-wide Clinical Communications
|By Business Wire
|July 22, 2014 10:01 AM EDT
Solutions, a leader in smart point-of-care mobile solutions for
healthcare, recently announced that Parkview
Medical Center has selected the Emma® system to further
improve clinical communication, care and efficiency across the
organization. The system, which includes voice and HIPAA-compliant
messaging capabilities, streamlines workflow and eliminates the need for
caregivers to carry multiple devices.
Emma integrates with the PatientTouch® handhelds, which are
smartphone-based devices, the hospital already uses. The system operates
on Apple® iOS, and it facilitates contextual care team
communication and collaboration through voice-over-IP (VoIP) and
patient-centric messaging. The Emma system consolidates alerts,
notifications and text/image/audio communications, improving clinical
workflow through real-time access to the care team, patient information
and critical clinical data. Users no longer need an additional device
for voice communications due to Emma’s VoIP functionality, and they can
now securely text message other caregivers, much like they would on
their personal phone.
“The feedback we have received from the caregivers throughout the
implementation process has been incredible,” said Steve Shirley, CIO at
Parkview Medical Center. “Our nurses have been very satisfied with the
seamless transition to Emma, and love that they now only have to carry
around one device for all clinical workflow and communication needs.
They can receive lab orders, reference patient information and
medications, and instantaneously communicate with the care team.
PatientSafe Solutions is really helping us achieve our top priority,
which is keeping patients safe throughout the care process.”
Parkview Medical Center and PatientSafe Solutions have been partners
since 2007, working to help improve Parkview’s positive patient
identification (PPID) workflows, and the addition of Emma to improve
clinical communications was the next natural step in keeping patient
safety first. These efforts include medication administration, specimen
collection, blood product administration, care interventions, care team
communications, and integration with the lab and pharmacy departments.
As part of the implementation process, the organization completed a full
technical and clinical workflow assessment, which ensured that Emma
would seamlessly fit into their clinical workflow and help with
inefficient communication areas that needed improvement.
“We have worked with Parkview Medical Center for several years. They
have played an integral role in collaborating on the advanced,
clinically-rich functionality of PatientTouch so it’s easy to use within
their existing IT infrastructure,” says Joe Condurso, president and
chief executive officer of PatientSafe Solutions. “Parkview Medical
Center recognizes the importance of clinical communications in improving
patient safety, and in today’s healthcare industry, this is critical as
they leverage smart point-of-care mobile technology to meet their goals
towards new reporting and payment models.”
For more information about PatientSafe Solutions, visit www.patientsafesolutions.com.
About Parkview Medical Center
Founded in 1923, Parkview Medical Center in Pueblo, Colorado, offers
general acute healthcare and behavioral health specialty services. As a
private, non-profit organization, Parkview is licensed for 350 beds and
provides a full range of healthcare services including the region’s only
certified and verified Level II Trauma Center as well as the region’s
first certified Stroke Center. Parkview Medical Center is the leader in
cardiac, women’s, emergency, and neurological services as well as
behavioral health programs. As a vital healthcare source, Parkview’s
service area includes Pueblo County and 14 surrounding counties, which
together represent 370,000 total lives.
Parkview Medical Center is the largest non-government, nonprofit,
private sector employer in Pueblo County with more than 2,600 employees
and provides a skilled medical staff of over 370 physicians. The impact
of our workforce triggers a strong impact on the community as Parkview’s
annual payroll contributes $134 million to the economy. For more
details, please visit www.parkviewmc.org.
About PatientSafe Solutions
PatientSafe Solutions (San Diego, California) is leading the way in
smart point-of-care mobile solutions and pioneering technologies for the
future of accountable care. PatientSafe is dedicated to delivering
measurable safety and quality improvements through mobile EHR solutions
that fit seamlessly into care team workflows. With over 75
implementations in the United States, the company’s flagship product,
the PatientTouch system, pairs specialized software applications with
customized Apple hardware to eliminate harm, reduce waste, and improve
productivity. For more information, please visit the company’s website
PatientTouch, Emma and Connected Patient Care are registered
trademarks of PatientSafe Solutions.
Apple is a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other
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