Across the health care industry, medical devices – such as infusion pumps and vital collection devices – are important tools to measure and track many types of clinical information about patients. Today, however, it’s rare to find devices that feed information directly into the electronic health record (EHR), which means that clinicians are often manually transferring patient data from the devices into the EHR. This not only increases the margin of error for patient data input, but it also eats up precious clinical time that could otherwise be used to engage directly with the patient.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, based in Memphis, Tennessee, launched an interoperability initiative designed to integrate the EHR with bedside patient care devices for infusion management and devices used for vitals collection. These initiatives have helped eliminate manual pump programming errors, a top patient safety issue.
St. Jude has achieved Magnet status by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and was honored by the Healthcare Informatics Innovator Awards Program for its work toward interoperability and reducing patient harm. In this episode of The Cerner Podcast, we’re joined by Keith Perry, senior vice president and CIO at St. Jude.
Keith answers the following questions:
- What drove St. Jude’s decision to complete projects to integrate fusion pumps and vitals collection devices with the EHR?
- What are your views on interoperability and why is this a focus for St. Jude today?
How did you assemble the team of nursing, clinical informatics, pharmacy, biomedical engineering and enterprise informatics professionals required for this project? What were some of the benefits to and challenges around getting all these departments to collaborate?
- What kind of outcomes have you seen for both patients and clinician workflows? How has this project helped you identify other opportunities for streamlining workflows and improving patient safety?
- What advice would you give fellow hospital and health care leaders who are seeking to implement a similar initiative in their own organizations?
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