Find out why this hospital is arming patients with iPads
The Johns Hopkins Hospital hopes this will help patients keep tabs on their hospital care.
As most of us know, the intensive care unit (ICU) is important at any American hospital. One wrong decision can mean the difference between life and death.
To combat and lessen these errors, The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore will devote an $8.9 million grant to improve processes and technology within its intensive care units. The facility is dedicating the funds to arm patients with iPads and other tablets so that the patient and family can log how
their caretakers are performing on 250 points of care. The tablets will also allow patients and families to hold video conferences with their physicians.
Because of the complexity of cases in the ICU, there’s room for many errors, including hospital-acquired infections, which have been found to quadruple ICU
deaths. Providing this new type of communication between doctor, patients and family can ultimately help reduce harmful errors.
Many hospital ICUs have used as many as 100 pieces of technology to improve their processes. The only catch is that they’re all made by dozens of vendors
and aren’t well integrated with each other. By using an iPad or standard tablet, many physicians and directors believe processes within the ICU can be
improved, which can both save money for the hospital and improve patient safety and their experience at the same time.
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