Research and technology go hand-in-hand; and when it comes to healthcare, both can be applied to improve the lives of patients, caregivers, physicians, nurses and team members. At HackensackUMC, we’ve embraced technology, understanding the power of harnessing its capabilities.
In April, HackensackUMC achieved stage 6 of Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) criteria. Only about eight percent, or 458 out of 6,000 hospitals in the nation, achieved this unique status as of April. In 2013, our Information Technology team became one of the first in the nation to put Epic on “the cloud” – making electronic records available online from anywhere in the world. Our medical providers no longer have to be on-site or wait for records to be sent. They are readily-accessible, securely-stored electronic records.
As a state-of-the-art campus, technological advances can be found everywhere—producing real results for our team members and patients.
A group of nurses in Pediatric Oncology was given smartphones for patient bedside use. The smartphone assists in bedside bar coding and registration, using various checkpoints for patient safety and verification – decreasing time and increasing efficiency in patient care. Due to the overwhelmingly positive feedback from both patients and team members, the program will be expanded in 2014 to include more nurses and departments.
In addition to our physicians, nurses and team members, our patients also benefit from technology. Parents whose newborn is in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) now have the chance to see their baby in live-time even when they cannot physically be in the same room. Parents have been overjoyed by this thoughtful service provided to them, and we are happy to deliver an even more patient-centered approach to care.