Samaritano Hospital Increases Patient Safety and Improves Work Conditions with Mobile Computing Solutions

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Motion Tablet PCs Complement a Suite of Devices that Are Integral Part of Hospital’s Effort to Modernize Care

We also saw more patient confidence as a result of the efficient communication of information.

In 2011, the Samaritano Hospital of São Paulo, Brazil, implemented a mix of mobile computing solutions, including Motion® C5v Tablet PCs, notebooks and carts on wheels (COWs), for real-time access to electronic medical records (EMRs) throughout the hospital. The mobile devices are an integral part of the hospital’s effort to increase patient safety and improve work conditions for clinicians, effectively modernizing the care process. The devices were chosen because they were configured specifically for the hospital environment and in line with infection control protocols.

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The C5v Tablet PCs are used throughout several departments, including the intensive care units – smaller areas which require greater mobility – and the pharmacy. The tablet PCs are also used for specific activities, such as medication administration and patient guidance during the discharge process. A combination of notebooks and COWs from Inventmade are used in some of the larger departments where it is necessary to tend to various beds during a single trip from the nursing station.

According to Klaiton Simão, IT general manager of Samaritano Hospital, by the end of 2012, every unit in the 313-bed facility will be equipped with the mobile devices. “In addition to sharing information between the pharmacy and the nursing station, the team is using these tools to verify the correct time and dosage during medication administration by using a barcode scanner to access the information via a barcode on the patient’s wristband,” explains Simão.

In addition, the mobile devices allow clinicians to update patient records at the bedside, providing faster and safer patient care through real-time access to information. “The mobile technology brings the nursing station to practically every bed,” highlights Simão.

According to Simão, as there was no change from the Windows® operating system, the entire nursing team is already trained to use the devices. Samaritano’s nursing supervisor, Márcia Aparecida de Oliveira, reports improved productivity. “We also saw more patient confidence as a result of the efficient communication of information.”

The hospital’s wireless network was fundamental to the mobility initiative as it provides the connectivity required to support the devices. “Now, we don’t need to print out and sign off on the EMRs, and without the mobile devices, we would lose operational efficiency,” notes Simão. “Without these technologies, the clinicians would have to redo all the work at the nursing station or the pharmacy that they can now do at the patients’ bedsides.”

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About Samaritano Hospital of São Paulo
With 118 years of providing care, Samaritano Hospital is one of the principal centers of health excellence in Brazil. It is a general practice hospital focused on cardiology, neurology, nephrology, orthopedics, oncology, diagnostic & therapeutic medicine and emergency care. The excellent healthcare provided at Samaritano was recognized in 2004, 2007 and 2011 by the Joint Commission International (JCI). In 2011, the hospital completed construction on a new building composed of 19 levels with inpatient rooms, an intensive care unit, modern diagnostic medicine, new areas for nutrition, cafeterias and a surgical center for highly complex operations, in addition to other facilities. In 2012, the Samaritano Hospital won 2nd place in Brazil in the “Ranking of Best Hospitals & Clinics in Latin America,” by América Economia Intelligence magazine.

About Motion Computing
Motion Computing is a leading global provider of tablet PCs and supporting mobility solutions, combining world-class products with services customized for the unique needs of mobile professionals across vertical markets, such as field service, retail and healthcare. The company’s enhanced line of rugged tablet PCs as well as mobile point of service solutions and accessories are designed to increase mobile productivity while providing portability, security, power and versatility. For more information visit http://www.motioncomputing.com.

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