IU Health Starke Hospital has implemented a new hospital information system.
“IU Health Starke Hospital implemented a new hospital information system which includes computerized provider order entry and electronic medical records,” said I.T. Director, Ashley Norem. “What this means is that IU Health Starke Hospital now operates all patient related procedures and processes digitally, improving the quality of care for our patients.”
The system is called Cerner and it is used in leading healthcare facilities, even the Mayo Clinic. According to Ashley, the new technology increases patient safety by reducing errors. In all, the hospital funded almost $2 million for the project. The new equipment includes almost all new computers in the hospital, along with new computers on wheels for the nurses. And for patient safety there is even more.
“We also have new bedside monitoring equipment which allows healthcare providers to view patient stats and will immediately alert the care team if stats move outside the standard.”
Ashley said that they also have wireless tablets for the physicians to enter orders. She was asked how the equipment at the hospital has improved over the past few years.
“We went from having really old equipment and moved into the 21st Century and I’m really pleased with all of the new improvements that we’ve had in the past couple of years.”