Sutter Health Selects EnovateIT to Assist with Ergonomic Support of Patient Safety Technology

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Sutter Health, one of the nation’s leading not-for-profit health care systems, has selected EnovateIT, the leading integrator of wireless mobile point-of care workstations to assist with purchasing of point-of-care carts and wall mounts. These workstations will help advance electronic health record (EHR)and patient safety initiatives within the Sutter system.

Sutter Health, one of the nation’s leading not-for-profit health care systems, has selected EnovateIT, the leading integrator of wireless mobile point-of care workstations to assist with purchasing of point-of-care carts and wall mounts.

Sutter Health is in the process of deploying network wide a powerful electronic health record (EHR) system that will electronically connect more than 5,000 physicians, 25 hospitals and millions of patients across its not-for-profit Northern California network. It will give physicians and other approved health care professionals immediate access to secure online medical and patient data, including recent radiology, lab and pharmacy results. Not only will this powerful tool help ensure better, safer and more efficient health care, it also will enable patients to view their own health histories and test results securely online.

“We expect our EHR to set a new standard for patient safety and satisfaction by creating more efficient and accurate systems for caregivers and patients alike,” said Julie Cooper, Sutter Health senior technical project manager. "EnovateIT’s expert guidance will help us in selecting the best mobile carts and wall mounted solutions for this important system."

EnovateIT provided assistance to Cooper, who oversees the selection of a variety of computer carts and wall mounts that will make Sutter’s EHR system from Epic available to clinicians in medical groups and hospitals throughout the Sutter Health network. When the project is complete, Sutter will have successfully deployed 4,000 mobile and wall mounted computer workstations for data capture and the bedside, within support departments such as radiology and admitting, and within physician exam rooms.

The mobile device selection process began in 2005 with over 200 employees providing feedback during the evaluation. They represented a wide range of functional areas, including patient care, clinical informatics, information systems and technology, occupational health, biomedical engineering and infection control. As part of the selection process, EnovateIT listened very closely to Sutter’s IT and clinical staff needs to determine what products would create the best solution for their facilities. The resulting solutions were proven products from multiple manufacturers that improved patient care and enhanced staff efficiency.

“EnovateIT’s knowledge of point-of-care wall-mount and mobile cart solutions and excellent on-site service will permit our IT staff to focus on the software implementation and end-user training,” said Cooper.

Sutter Health had previously partnered with EnovateIT in 2003 to select mobile carts for its barcode technology that helps ensure safe administration of medications at the bedside. As an expert in point-of-care carts, EnovateIT supported Sutter in the roll-out of 1,000 mobile workstations across its 26 hospitals over a two-year period.

"We are pleased that EnovateIT will be an integral part of this multi-faceted EHR initiative at Sutter Health. The solid foundation laid with them during the barcode project will be further built upon as we work with Sutter to provide optimal point-of-care workstation solutions that meet their specific clinical needs," said Dave Sanders, Western Regional Sales Manager, EnovateIT.

About Sutter Health

Sutter Health is a family of not-for-profit hospitals and physician organizations that share resources and expertise to advance health care quality. Providing personalized care in more than 100 communities throughout Northern California, the Sutter Health network is a regional leader in cardiac care, cancer treatment, orthopedics, obstetrics, and newborn intensive care, and is a pioneer in advanced patient safety technology. For more information, visit http://www.sutterhealth.org.

About EnovateIT, LLC

EnovateIT is a leading provider of mobile wireless solutions and a premier global systems integrator for healthcare headquartered in Troy, Michigan. With more than 30,000 devices installed in over 500 healthcare 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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