Cerner’s digital unit whiteboard, CareAware CareView was designed to improve communication and help eliminate documentation redundancies that often occur when a handwritten whiteboard is used.
CareAware Tracking incorporates real-time location data, allowing hospitals to track patients, staff and equipment across the entire enterprise with clinically relevant information. As a result, organizations can identify bottlenecks and redesign processes to optimize and streamline patient, staff and equipment workflows.
The ability to transfer patients from one bed to another seems like a simple task; however, communication barriers between units, transport teams and environmental services (EVS) can make this a complex undertaking. Ultimately, these breaks in process can extend patient wait times and slow bed turnover. CareAware Patient Flow™ helps improve patient throughput by optimizing bed management and automating job assignments for environmental services and patient transportation.
To help alleviate the difficult nature of transferring patients, Cerner created CareAware Transfer Center. Designed to capture clinical information between venues, improve efficiency and reduce delays for patients, the Transfer Center helps streamline coordination between clinicians to efficiently, directly admit patients into a facility.
Cerner’s suite of capacity management solutions help solve patient flow bottlenecks and communication breakdowns by automating bed management through the unification of people, processes, and technologies.
A new command center, CareAware Patient Flow® and Clairvia® helped AU Health improve operation collaborations, nursing resources, and overcome challenges of tracking capacity.
The days of using paper to track a patient’s journey through the hospital are over at Cerner ITWorksSM client Southwest General Health Center in Middleburg Heights, Ohio. With CareAware Patient Flow® andCareAware Tracking™, hospital staff members are working more efficiently and saving time for both themselves and their patients. “It’s all about the right care, the right time, the right place,” said Lori Cihon, director of nursing, inpatient services. “We’re getting the patients in the right place sooner so their care can start faster.”
“We're moving a lot more patients, and we’re moving them more quickly,” said Shauna Lawson, RN, BSN, clinical analyst at Middlesex Hospital. “We're getting them to the right care venue in a timely and efficient manner, which helps improve not only the patient's overall care, but also their satisfaction.” Lawson is referring to successes from the implementation of Cerner’s capacity management solution, CareAware Patient Flow®, in June 2014. Before implementation, the hospital struggled with moving patients from venue to venue. Nurses had to complete up to 50 percent of scheduled transports, which pulled them from skilled clinical duties and patients.
“Transparency in data is key to patient flow. Capacity Management gives front-facing data for the best patient decisions.”
Sally Bankston, AVP, Florida Hospital
When it comes to anatomical pathology, there’s nothing worse than losing a patient’s specimen. The specimens are often times irretrievable, and if one is mislabeled or misplaced the patient’s diagnoses could be delayed or completely wrong. “Some of these specimens are just small pieces of tissues in a jar, so you cannot distinguish one from the other,” said Dr. Juan Millan, Clinical Vice President of Diagnostics, Legacy Health. “Nobody wants to have somebody else’s tissue mixed up with theirs, especially if it is a serious disease or tumor.”
Cerner’s Logistics Center culminates people, processes, and technology into a single centralized physical space to execute collaborative decision-making and workflows facilitating the improvement of patient throughput.
TEMPO – Team Engagement to Manage Patient Outcomes is a patient throughput visual management system that promotes efficient and quality care planning for patients and families. The software can be used by the entire multi-disciplinary team and uses data from the EHR to optimize the management of processes and workflows. TEMPO is designed to assist organizations in proactively coordinating and prioritizing patient-centered tasks to help ensure discharge at the right day, time and place.
Better patient outcomes occur when you have the right care giver, in the right place, at the right time. Cerner delivers automated and intelligent workforce management solutions for health care organizations to provide the best care at the lowest cost.
Cerner automates bed management processes, the biggest driver of patient throughput in an organization, an enormous cost/opportunity, and one of the largest pain points for patients and organizations. Bed management is dynamic and plays a huge role in management and visibility of demand so Cerner integrates CareAware Patient Flow™ into ED’s FirstNet™ revealing inpatient bed assignments in FirstNet.
Location awareness for patients, providers, and equipment through real time location services (RTLS) tagging helps to quickly identify location of items and improve management of assets through sensory technology.
Transitions of care within acute care and post-acute venues is augmented with analytics, technology, care team alignment, and broad visibility to data. Many Cerner solutions contribute to improved transitions of care processes, including care team tools such as digital unit dashboards, bed management system, APACHE Outcomes, newly optimized clinical workflows for discharge, and most appropriate post-acute placement.