Kuopio University Hospital introduces several different Medanets-application features at once.
Medanets mobile point-of-care application, functioning via smartphone, was piloted at the KUH in 2017 and following positive feedback from the user community it will be introduced across the University Hospital. The KUH ended up shifting to mobile patient data browsing and recording in order to streamline the work flow and improve both patient safety and care quality.
The mobile point-of-care application is beneficial to the care staff, but also to physicians and special workers as physiological measurement values are immediately available for the decision-making process.
-Päivi Kokkonen, Development manager, the Hospital District of Northern Savonia,
Time savings of 600 hours each month
KUH introduces several different application features at once. These features include observation value browsing and documentation, Early Warning Scoring (EWS) of the patient’s condition, and connections to the patient monitoring systems.
Ms. Kokkonen observes that functional planning and training are required of all introductions and that this applies, for example, to the introduction of EWS as well. It is not advisable to let the system lead, but an easy way of documentation does motivate the introduction of the system.
Even though the practice of mobile documentation is new and introductions are still at their early stages, the application has been well used at the KUH with a great number of entries made at the units. More than 50,000 mobile entries are recorded monthly, which means more than 600 hours of time saved every month. With data immediately available and more care time left, caregivers can respond to any sudden changes in the patient’s condition more rapidly than before. Thus, the patient can be given the right care at the right time.