HEALTHvision introduces its Mobile Inpatient Rounding handheld application

Irving 23 February 2004HEALTHvision, a health care Internet company, has launched its Mobile Inpatient Rounding solution. Designed specifically for use on PocketPCs and other Windows-compatible handheld devices, Inpatient Rounding allows physicians to wirelessly retrieve the updated patient and clinical resources they need to complete their hospital rounds.

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Traditional rounding processes have long been criticized for the strain they put on the time and resources of physicians and hospital staff. Many physicians begin each day's rounds by viewing patient data from the hospital's legacy systems and then writing pertinent clinical information onto paper index cards for use during their rounds. Other physicians simply ask nurses or other clinicians to accompany them during rounds to provide information. HEALTHvision's Inpatient Rounding solution makes both processes unnecessary.

For physicians and hospital staff, time saved preparing for rounds or assisting during rounds can now be spent in direct patient care duties. For hospitals, the investment in Inpatient Rounding extends the value of the existing clinical systems, which provide the data used in the solution.

"With HEALTHvision's Inpatient Rounding solution, physicians at our hospital can spend less time searching and waiting for the information they need to provide patient care and more time actually providing it", stated Felicia Gordon, director of quality management at Covenant Health System. The Lubbock, Texas-based health care organisation currently serves as a pilot site for the solution and plans a roll-out of up to 300 physicians.

Physicians using the solution can expect to find a host of information and resources vital to effective patient care. Among the features included in the application are:

  • Inpatient Census Data: A list of all inpatients for the day's rounds, with pertinent ADT information, including location
  • Demographics: Key inpatient data, including admitting diagnosis codes and admitting physician information
  • Key Clinical Indicators: A snapshot view of the patient's diagnosis, labs, available reports and medications
  • Lab Results: Complete lab results available in two views: single result detail and longitudinal view of multiple results
  • Reports: Text-based transcriptions, notes and radiology reports
  • Medications: Current medications, as well as medications the patient received in the past 48 hours, including names, dosages and time and date administered

Developed for use with HEALTHvision's e-healthSOURCE infrastructure, the Inpatient Rounding solution integrates seamlessly with HEALTHvision's other clinical applications. At the same time, HEALTHvision has also designed it to be flexible enough for implementation as a stand-alone application.

"Nowhere is accurate and up-to-date information more crucial than in the care environment", stated Scott Decker, chief executive officer for HEALTHvision. "Our Inpatient Rounding solution allows hospitals to provide better patient care by streamlining the flow of communication between doctors, nurses and labs. It's easy to see where everyone benefits."

HEALTHvision is focused on creating a connected health care community for physicians, patients and consumers. The company's Web-based infrastructure, e-healthSOURCE, is the most widely used in the industry, hosting more than 6 million unique patient records. Additionally, more than 300 health care organisations use company's solutions to make health care easier for their key audiences, a number that represents more than 23.000 clinicians including 11.000 physicians, thousands of patients and millions of consumers. More company information is available in the VMW February 2003 article HEALTHvision partners with PacifiCare Health Systems to provide e-prescription solutions.


Leslie Versweyveld

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