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Rubbermaid Healthcare’s CareLink Mobile Nurse Station

for the large health systems or for large and elaborate worksta- tions. T is is not the case. Many groups are now looking at how this concept can be used in a much more budget-friendly way through the use of modern laptops, PCs and tablets while not sacrifi cing the security needs for the patient data.” “Telehealth provides the patient more options,” says Couch.

“In a day and age where many patients are working multiple shifts and irregular schedules throughout the week, telehealth helps fi ll a void for these patients and many others. If I as a patient am able to access quality care at non-offi ce hours or without the drive to the offi ce and the wait in the exam room, there is some value for me as a patient. Telehealth is not just for the patient, but for the providers as well. As a provider, I am able to conduct visits virtually and in real time without the need for a drive to the offi ce or a hospital setting. T is allows the provider to better utilize their time all while providing quality care.” By leveraging mobile computing workstations at the point of

care, these real-time interactions can result in improved clinical decision making, physician satisfaction and hospital reputation, all while reducing costs. As powered workstations, the Midmark 6261 and 6263 allow movement and communication across the whole facility, or even facilities. Telehealth in ambulatory settings, including many practices and systems, is generally focused on cost-eff ective options, such as Skyping with another location or having the ability to use a laptop camera and/or add-on camera and wireless to have connectivity across facilities or exam rooms. T e 6261 and 6263 powered workstations make it possible to quickly and eff ectively share information, regardless of location. Another area where front-line staff can benefi t from certain

advanced carts is in fl eet management. T e recent introduction of “smart carts,” or mobile nurse stations, helps to streamline workfl ows and foster interactive communication at the point of care; benefi ting hospitals in more ways than one. With tools

that help nurses to communicate with other departments more effi ciently and share information with patients, smart carts have the ability to positively aff ect Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) scores and staff satisfaction while enabling easy asset management for IT. However, building and maintaining a fl eet of mobile carts can often lead to a need of additional time, resources and expertise that many facilities cannot aff ord. Ignoring these considerations invariably leads to ineffi cient cart use and potentially decreased patient care. Administrators should consider Rubbermaid Healthcare’s CareLink Mobile Nurse Station, which boasts an intelligent platform that enables IT to proactively manage its fl eet remotely without having to access the EMR or hospital servers. With on-board computer functionality to transmit cart data and user information to keep your fl eet running at optimal performance, CareLink provides a secure, versatile connection between the IT and nursing staff .

Conclusions It goes without saying that administrators who support

their front-line staff not only increase their employees’ morale but also their hospital’s overall level of patient care. One of the most impactful ways of creating such a working environ- ment is to provide these vital players with the most eff ective tools. While purchasing the best mobile workstations can be a diffi cult decision for healthcare system planners and implementers, when correctly matching the needs of a facil- ity with the appropriate features and capabilities of a given mobile workstation, human error and operating expenses are kept to a minimum while care improves. However, when core considerations are not made ahead of time, a facility may encounter instances of workfl ow ineffi ciencies, compliance violations, wasted supplies and defi cient patient care. HMT


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