Clinicians at Truman Medical Centers (TMC) are leveraging an innovative way to capture clinical photographs into their patients' records. In 2017, the Cerner ITWorks™ client implemented a set of mobile applications, including Camera Capture™, which has allowed staff to work more efficiently, eliminate unnecessary workflow steps and share photos across the care team.
"TMC's clinicians can impact patient care by using Camera Capture to put images directly into the chart," said Jeffrey Hackman, MD, FACEP, chief medical information officer and medical director of quality. "The application reduces steps in the clinical workflow and saves time while capturing the image."
Camera Capture is available as a standalone mobile app, or as part of both CareAware Connect™ for nurses and PowerChart Touch™ for physicians. More than 375 physicians and nurses use Camera Capture at the Kansas City, Missouri-based health system — home of the KC one Health Innovation Alliance.
From October 2017 to January 2018, clinicians captured an average of more than 7,000 images per month and added them into patient records.
"Using a stopwatch to compare the previous image capture workflow to the Camera Capture mobile app, we noted an average time savings of two minutes per image for both clinicians and administrative staff," said Nick Fry, a Cerner integration architect with KC one.
Clinical team members no longer need to search for a shared camera and then find time during their day to manually upload photos to the patient's chart. The Camera Capture application can be used either on an enterprise device or through a bring your down device (BYOD) option. This gives clinical team members the ability to take photos whenever and wherever needed during the patient's visit. The photos can be efficiently added into the patient's electronic chart, stored within the appropriate context and classified in specialty specific folders for enhanced patient care.
"Camera Capture removes five extra steps," said Cardiology Unit Clinical Nurse Erik Bayer, BSN, RN. "It frees up more time to be with our patients."
"Camera Capture is an excellent tool," said Todd Shaffer, MD, Department of Community and Family Medicine. "The real-time imaging into the EHR greatly assists in communicating the need to escalate patient care."
Additionally, the ability of tracking wound care image assessments over time benefits both patients and providers. Comparing photos with expected recovery timelines aids in the care decision-making process, and providers can easily share photos among medical teams.
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Data pulled from Cerner's Lights On Network®