Louisville, KY (PRWEB) February 10, 2006
Norton Healthcare, Kentucky’s leading health care system and third largest private employer, and EnovateIT, the leading integrator of wireless mobile point-of-care workstations headquartered in Troy, Mich., have successfully deployed more than 600 mobile workstations, 300 computer wall stations, and 150 computer wall-mounted arms for patient data capture, establishing point-of-care access in all five of the system’s not-for-profit hospitals.
More than 2,000 physicians on the medical staff, 3,000 nurses, respiratory care professionals and patient care technicians in the general care and intensive care units of Norton Hospital, Kosair Children’s Hospital, Norton Audubon Hospital, Norton Southwest Hospital and Norton Suburban Hospital currently use the EnovateIT mobile workstations and wall-mounted system solutions.
The system wide initiative launched in mid-2003 and was fully implemented by the end of 2005. The EnovateIT wireless workstations were a vital part of the conversion to a Meditech electronic medical records system (EMR).
Early in 2003, approximately 1,000 Norton Healthcare employees provided mobile device selection feedback during an evaluation period. Employees represented a wide range of functional areas, including patient care, clinical informatics, information systems and technology, occupational health, biomedical engineering and infection control. During the selection and review process, EnovateIT defined Norton Healthcare’s technology and clinical staff needs to determine which products would create the best solution for the health care system. The solution was a combination of proven products from multiple manufacturers that improve patient care and staff efficiency.
“Our strategic objective for the EMR implementation was to effectively optimize clinician workflow so our caregivers can provide quality care at the patients’ bedside,” said Steve Ready, divisional director, Norton Healthcare IT Customer Service. “The mobile carts and wall-mounted solutions from EnovateIT were the devices we chose to help staff readily convert from paper-based to electronic medical records.”
“EnovateIT’s support and collaboration during the deployment was crucial for the success of this enormous project. Their knowledge of point-of-care solutions and exceptional on-site service allowed Norton Healthcare’s IT staff to focus on the software implementation and end-user training, ensuring a successful launch of the EMR project,” Ready said.
“We are very pleased that EnovateIT was part of this complex initiative at Norton Healthcare, and that EnovateIT solutions have played such a significant role in improving the quality of care delivered to a vast number of patients,” said Fred Calero, vice president and co-founder of EnovateIT.
About Norton Healthcare
For more than a century, Norton Healthcare’s faith heritage has guided its mission of meeting community health care needs. Today, Norton Healthcare is the Louisville area’s leading hospital and health care system (45 percent market share) and third largest private employer. The not-for-profit system – the largest in Kentucky and rated one of the top 100 integrated health care delivery systems in the country – includes five hospitals in Louisville, seven Norton Immediate Care Centers and 9,200 employees. Norton Healthcare serves the greater Louisville metro area, including Southern Indiana, and patients throughout Kentucky.
About EnovateIT, LLC
EnovateIT is a leading provider of mobile wireless solutions and a premier global systems integrator for health care headquartered in Troy, Mich. With more than 30,000 devices installed in over 500 health care facilities, EnovateIT provides secure, cost-effective mobile solutions for medication delivery systems, computerized physician order entry, clinical documentation, and electronic medical records systems. EnovateIT not only offers the products to facilitate wireless point-of-care information solutions, but also the services and support to make it a reality. For more information visit EnovateIT at http://www.enovateit.com or call 248-655-0548.
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