PatientSafe Solutions Leads the Conversations That Will Shape mHealth with Industry Leaders
CIOs from the nation’s top hospitals and health systems discussed the past, present, and future of mobile clinical communications
SAN DIEGO, CA-/BUSINESS WIRE/— PatientSafe Solutions, a leader in smart point-of-care mobile solutions for healthcare, hosted more than 40 industry leaders from top hospitals, health systems, and technology solution providers during a HIMSS 2015 breakfast event to discuss the evolution, role, and benefits of smartphone-based clinical communication and collaboration solutions.
“PatientSafe Solutions brings a unique drive, one that initiates forward-thinking conversations”
Interoperability, patient satisfaction, end-user experience, productivity, and clinical context integration were just a few of many topics covered during the event. Discussion among the attendees raised the question, “What is next for clinical communications?” There was general consensus amongst the audience that treating communications at the point of care as a stand-alone application continues to have systemic limitations. Some participants discussed proliferation of devices, while others highlighted the uptrend in overall application maintenance and the need to have a unified platform at the application layer for all users. The most provocative discussion revolved around single purpose applications and devices that fragment end-user experience and ultimately reduce effective communication and collaboration by creating further context silos. The spirited discussions highlighted the growing need and importance of engagement and integrated acute and ambulatory collaboration experiences. CIOs and technology leaders left the discussions by concluding towards a need to invest in a mobile, secure clinical communications platform that can scale a health system’s business and adapt to the evolving needs of physicians and nurses in the post-EHR era.
Steve Shirley, CIO and VP at Parkview Medical Center, shared Parkview’s journey towards a multi-purpose, clinically integrated mobile platform at the point of care during the breakfast while Bill Spooner, former SVP and CIO of Sharp HealthCare, moderated the live discussions with leading CIOs. With over 35 years of IT experience, leadership and management, Shirley shared his expertise and insight to discuss and address the why and how of wireless clinical mobility, and his resonance with PatientSafe’s vision of Mobile Care Orchestration™. Implementing PatientSafe’s PatientTouch® platform at Parkview, Shirley shared impressive outcomes: breakthrough direct interoperability with Meditech 6.x series, improved care team communication, faster response to patient deterioration, unparalleled safety performance in medication administration, specimen collection, blood transfusion matching while delivering impressive outcomes and multiple workflows via a single device and a consistent user experience for acute care clinical users. Parkview was also able to significantly reduce the footprint of legacy devices and computer on wheels, achieving additional hard dollar savings on overall IT maintenance and management.
“PatientSafe Solutions brings a unique drive, one that initiates forward-thinking conversations,” says Shirley, “Listening and sharing points of view on the types of solutions best positioned to balance short-term needs and long-term strategy is what this event was seeking to accomplish. It was and has been a fruitful experience for all who attended.”
“We are honored to have facilitated and enabled a time for CIOs to come together and discuss the future mHealth innovations and pursuits in mobile communications,” says Spooner. “There are very few technology solution companies in the crowded mHealth space that pursue the true, heavy lifting of tech-enabled process, quality, and outcomes improvement the way PatientSafe does. There are even fewer that dare approach the difficult problems that exist inside the health system – across acute and post-acute settings. I hope to see more focus in this area and less noise that dilutes the definition of mHealth. This discussion is the first of many to come; I look forward to collaborating with industry pioneers to build upon the success we’ve had in the last 30 years and propel healthcare into the next generation.”