Reaping the Rewards of Patient-Centered Technology
Posted on Apr 30, 2012
By Julie Ruiz-Wibbelsmann
Our new Eden Hospital will be equipped with the latest technology, ensuring our patients the highest level of medical care and patient safety. The following are a few of the clinical advantages of our forward-thinking technology.
Pneumatic tube delivery system
“Our hospital will expedite the delivery of care through a computer-controlled pneumatic tube system,” says Bryan Daylor, vice president of ancillary services at Eden Medical Center. “This network of tubes rapidly circulates medications and lab specimens throughout the hospital.”
Integrated Surgical Suites
The new hospital will have state-of-the art surgical suites with integrated technology to create the optimal operating environment for the patient, surgeon and staff. We will customize our suites by installing surgical tables and surgical navigation equipment that are tailored for specific procedures.
“To support all procedure-specific equipment,” adds Mr. Daylor, “we’ve installed ceiling-mounted equipment booms, along with surgical lights to illuminate the operating field.”
The new hospital design includes larger, private inpatient rooms that will allow us to provide more bedside services for the patient’s comfort and convenience, including:
- Therapeutic and diagnostic testing
- Physical therapy
- Respiratory therapy
- Diagnostic cardiology and imaging studies
In addition, each floor will also have designated rooms for bedside dialysis.
Medication dosage safeguards
“Pyxis Medication Stations have been installed to increase patient safety and are fully integrated with our electronic health record (EHR) system. These automated medication dispensing systems ensure that the right patient receives the correct medication and dosage exactly when they need it,” explains Mr. Daylor.
Patient monitoring and tracking systems
Our cutting-edge, patient-centered technology will allow us to closely monitor the vital signs of patients. We will also be able to track the location of patients, as well as equipment, throughout the hospital, using a radiofrequency system similar to a global positioning system (GPS). An innovative patient-centered scheduling system will allow us to follow patients through the entire process of their care.