Health records and patient identification power PatientTouch, an iPod Touch-based device. The system helps medical teams communicate better and orchestrate processes more efficiently.

A more efficient medical administration means more time for patient care

The ramifications of the HITECH Act have been felt in the widespread implementation of electronic health records (EHR), which has given rise to more medical startups, mobile health services and products. PatientSafe Solutions has brought together these elements in their product PatientTouch, a Mobile Care Orchestration solution for multipl e categories of medical applications. The system delivers Positive Patient Identification (PPID), care interventions and communication solutions via handheld devices that are built around the Apple iPod Touch. PatientTouch integrates EHR with its PPID workflow - the practitioner scans codes on patient stations, medications and other components to assure accuracy in staff’s many procedures.

Newer implementations of mobile tech to lower preventable medical error…

Along with connecting the many variables of medical practices to records and databases to ensure everything gets done correctly, PatientTouch includes a communication system to access and manage real-time patient information, care plans, patient assignments, team communications and notifications. The potential has yet to be achieved for computerized healthcare systems - “being able to access critical information from existing [hospital information] systems and quickly document back into these systems via a truly mobile device will revolutionize the care delivery process,” says Jim Sweeney, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PatientSafe Solutions.” With preventable errors in procedures, tests and medications occurring regularly, systems that increase communication and accuracy have become a welcomed service within the medical industry.

… In the end result in more time for patients

On top of increasing communication and preventing errors, mobile medical workflows can save practitioners time. Performing all the checks to assure that the correct patient is given the correct medication or other care at the correct time all takes extra attention, and that can be readily sped up by a digital device. According to PatientSafe’s own numbers, nurses typically allocate their time with only 19 percent spent on patient care. The biggest share of time is spent on documentation (35 percent), but also on care coordination (21 percent), medical administration (18 percent), and assessment of vitals (7 percent). PatientTouch addresses several of these time-consuming necessities, and increases patient care to 38 percent.

By Ivory King