GWU Hospital deploys MobiHealth's wireless clinical solution in nine-month pilot

Arlington 16 April 2004Physicians in the Intensive Care Unit at the George Washington University Hospital (GWU), Washington, DC, participated in a nine-month pilot programme utilizing MobiHealth's wireless clinical applications to document encounters. Beginning in June 2003, physicians and medical administrators had immediate access to patient information, streamlined operational processes, increased revenue and reduced costs.

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"MobiHealth's handheld technology is easy to use, synchronizes instantly with real-time retrieval of patient list and information and has dramatically reduced the amount of paperwork needed to document the treatment of patients", stated Christopher Junker, M.D., Director of Neurocritical Care at GWU Hospital.

Critical Care services at the GWU Hospital are provided primarily by a core group physicians from Internal Medicine, Anaesthesiology, and Surgery. Prior to the integration of MobiHealth's applications, ICU physicians utilized a paper-intensive charge and note writing process that was time consuming, elongated the billing cycle and needed specific coders on staff to enter claims.

"The ability to add diagnosis codes conveniently from the ICD-9 lookup option has made our coding much easier and more precise", continued Dr. Junker. Like many other health care providers, GWU Hospital's ICU saw an opportunity to enhance patient care, increase efficiency and improve work flow through a seamless and wireless system. MobiHealth's clinical solutions allows physicians to radically improve the time it takes to access complete patient records from all departments across the hospital, capture charges and write notes.

In less than six weeks, MobiHealth seamlessly integrated its applications with GWU Hospital's back-end data system via HL7 messaging interfacing with Siemens Medical Solutions Health Information System. "Our average daily census has been rising", stated Dr. Junker. "Decreasing the time spent on billing and documentation means more time at the bedside taking care of patients."

GWU Hospital is a nationally recognized multi-disciplinary, tertiary care hospital and interdisciplinary academic health centre. With almost 800 affiliated physicians, 300 medical and surgical students, residents and fellows, GWU Hospital serves more than 57.000 patients annually.

MobiHealth Inc., a privately held corporation, offers health care facilities and practitioners a suite of mobile applications including charge capture, prescription writer, order entry and clinical modules, to enhance health care delivery at the point of care. The award-winning, proprietary software application empowers health care practitioners with the latest in innovative wireless technologies to streamline operations, reduce cost, increase revenue dramatically, and comply with regulatory requirements. More news on MobiHealth is available in the VMW March 2004 article MobiHealth forms strategic partnerships with RxHub and SureScripts for safer electronic prescribing


Leslie Versweyveld

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