Logan’s Acute Care @ Home team have paved the way for on-the-road digital hospital services and the benefits they have for patients being treated in their homes.
Nurse Unit Manager Jill Bell said the team had been operating with digital devices in the home since April.
She said Logan Acute Care @ Home was the pilot team for the implementation of ieMR in the patient home with 15 Clinical Nurses and one NUM.
“The benefits have been the ability to have immediate and up-to-date information at the patient’s home for safe and real time care,” Jill said. “The medical staff are able to view and enter new orders from the hospital and we are able to action them immediately in the home.”
Jill said having the ability to check patient appointments at the time of the home visit and being able to advise the patient of ongoing cares was also a huge plus with the digital system.
“The job is definitely easier as we are no longer having to go to Logan Hospital for medication charts to be updated or documentation for change of orders; it is all at our finger tips.”
Jill said the team had embraced the changes and challenges with many of the staff reporting it was providing great relief to many patients who could be given information on the spot.
“Acute Care @ Home has always delivered quality care but this allows us to have the latest information in the home and the ability to look up information and tests while in the home of the patient.
“The treating medical teams now have up to date information on patients referred to our service and having the devices also enables us to increase the availability of telehealth conferencing with treating teams and service providers such as the wound care CNC.”