Medanets & Central Finland Health Care District

Central Finland Health Care District, Jyväskylä Region, streamlines daily nursing routines by transferring measurement results from patient monitors directly into the EHR.

Central Finland Health Care District started using Medanets monitored patiensts feature with automatic data transferring in the neonatal ward. The ward cares for prematurely born babies or other infants in need of special care demanding intensive monitoring, who are thus continuously hooked up to patient monitors.

Since then, access to the solution has been expanded to five other wards, namely the neurology ward, cardiac monitoring, the emergency and infectious diseases ward, the emergency clinic, and the paediatric ward.

The principle of one-time entries

Previously, measurement results from the monitors went to a centralised display in the ward office without being transferred to the Electronic Health Record, Effica Kuumekurva. Due to this, the care staff had to attend to data transferring manually. With Medanets solutions, they are now able to transfer results into the Electronic Health Record with greater ease. During the first month after commissioning, more than 11,000 entries were made.

Transferring surveillance monitor measurement results automatically to Kuumekurva after checking by the nurse is in line with the very principles we’d like to emphasise in our development activities. The objective is to automate functions, underlining the principle of one-time entries. The number of manual entries in many of our units has been huge on an annual level, you see.

Satu Pitkänen, application expert at Central Finland Health Care District

Streamlining care processes

Patient safety improves as documentation errors are minimised or even eliminated. Ritva Sipponen, head nurse of the neonatal ward, observes that patient safety is also enhanced by automatic control values that are set in advance and no longer dependent on the nurse remembering them or having time left over from other tasks. She continues by saying that the possibility of transferring several children’s data to Kuumekurva at once streamlines nursing as well.

The wards are aware that this application is a recording aid only and that monitoring the patient is still just as important as it was before.

Medanets: From the Central Hospital to the various health care centres, the Medanets solution is being used extensively throughout the Central Finland Health Care District for making monitor entries, but also for recording observation values, risk assessments, and Early Warning Scores.