As a part of its healthcare digitization the Gemeinschaftskrankenhaus, a hospital in Bonn, Germany, is discontinuing paper patient files. Telekom Healthcare Solutions has installed at the clinic a digital information system that uses 200 iPad Minis – an investment in the region of half a million euros. The hospital’s around 150 physicians and 450 nurses now work with findings, diagnoses or X-ray images on tablet PCs.
200 “doctor’s tablets” for Bonn hospital.
“Our system improves the quality of medical care. It is simple and helps the hospital to reduce costs. It makes work easier for physicians and nurses. Above all, it helps the patients. They receive better care and feel better cared for,” says Timotheus Höttges, CEO of Deutsche Telekom AG. “Healthcare currently has ground to make good in digitization. Compared especially with the automotive industry it is trailing the state of the air by several years. Yet digital services are especially good at helping to optimize medical care.”
Technological progress that benefits the patients
150 physicians and 450 nurses work with digital findings and diagnoses.
“Our aim is to set up a uniform digital documentation and da recording system with the highest possible level of process reliability,” says Klaus-Werner Szesik, Commercial Director of the Gemeinschaftskrankenhaus Bonn. “For us, mobile work is an important step to enable us to become more efficient, to reduce costs and at the same time to improve the quality of the service that we provide.”
Dr. Jochen Textor, the hospital’s Medical Director, adds that “from the medical viewpoint the availability of patients’ data anytime, anywhere is a precondition for the best possible paperless documentation. It also helps us to provide the patients with even more intensive care.”
Data recorded at the patient’s bedside
Each ward in the hospital has six devices: three for the physicians and three for the nursing staff. When a nurse ends a shift, he or she hands the device on to the next shift. The hospital’s medical employees constantly have an iPad mini on them as they work. It gives them real-time access to essential information anytime and anywhere in the hospital, and they can also update the digital files, eliminating the time-consuming paperchase of the past.
Physicians and nurses record information directly at the patient’s bedside, thereby cutting out a work operation. On the iPad mini, doctors can also explain their findings better to the patient, which boosts confidence. Digital documentation is also more precise. No mistakes are made because a physician’s handwriting is hard to decipher. Physicians also carry out an online pharmaceutical safety check to ensure that interaction with other medications does not pose a problem.
More time for the patient – Less work on ward rounds.
More time for the patient
A joint study undertaken by the Charité Hospital, Berlin, and Deutsche Telekom has already shown that hospital physicians gain more time for patient care by using tablet PCs. Tablets also reduce the time spent preparing for and following up on ward visits.
Rapid pace of digitization
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