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Sarasota Memorial Hospital deploys devices for time-saving messaging, bed tracking and more…

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This is a great example of how technology can be used for improvement of patient care initiatives. I am proud to work at Sarsota Memorial Hospital and we were the first one to implement this technology at our hospital.

Better & Quieter

The smartphone solutions have been a big win all around at Sarasota.

“It really has helped communication on our busy 48-bed unit,” Baxter said. “We each have six patients on nights and, if I’m in a room with the door shut caring for a patient, I can’t hear outside pages. When I’m in charge of the unit, I can locate the nurses I need right away or they can text me when they need help.”

The unit clerk used to walk around the unit on nights if she really needed to find a particular nurse.

“But now she just texts us and we answer her,” Baxter said. “She can let me know a doctor is on the phone, for example, and I can text back that I’ll need to call him back, or that I’ll be right out. The patients appreciate the reduced noise level now that we don’t have so many overhead pages.”

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NO BETTER TIME TO BE A NURSE

With so much at stake in healthcare, there has never been a more crucial time for the Nursing profession to shine. With the various reimbursement models in flux from Value-Based Purchasing to 30-day readmissions, the spotlight on acute care nursing is more intense than ever. Coupled with the abundance of data being captured in electronic health records (EHRs), these reform programs will eventually define the valuable work that Nursing provides, enhance nursing best practices, and continue to drive the tremendous impact that Nursing has on patient outcomes. Nurses can also impact patient outcomes by leveraging technology beyond the EHR. Vocera® solutions continue to support the nurse, particularly at the bedside, by improving the quality of patient care and the patient experience. The ability to call a role, such as PACU Nurse or Bed Manager without knowing a person’s name, accelerates throughput and reduces wait time. When you can make one call to a group of people such as a Rapid Response Team or integrate the Vocera solution to a nurse call system, you can dramatically improve staff responsiveness and quality of care to increase HCAHPS scores. This ability to remain at the patient’s bedside while coordinating care is invaluable.

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