BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) - Officials at King's Daughters Medical
Center in Brookhaven say new computer technology installed earlier
this year gives doctors and nurses access to electronic records,
improving the workflow inside the hospital's emergency room.
More than 50 hospitals in Mississippi have now installed the
Emergency Department Information System designed by Dallas-based
T-System Inc., according to a company spokesman.
King's Daughter installed the system in April and hospital
officials say it has reduced patients' length of stay from 284
minutes to 138 minutes. The system also allows the hospital to
eliminate white boards, clipboards and the notoriously illegible
handwriting of doctors.
Jennifer Jones, King's Daughters' emergency department case
manager, said in a hospital news release that the new computer
software can track a patient's hospital stay from admission to
"Average wait times before evaluation, lab turnaround time,
X-ray interpretations. Before we had no way to track these
parameters," Jones said.
ER doctors can also order lab tests, imaging and other
diagnostics electronically from a patient's bedside.
The new system includes mobile laptop computers on rolling
stations that allow medical information to be recorded quickly from
anywhere in the emergency department and small wireless tablet
computers with touch screens.
The system also includes a 42-inch screen that allows physicians
and nurses to quickly assess patients' information.
Hospital officials say it allows the caregivers to spend less
time with charts and clipboards and more time with patients.
"They can carry the tablet in one arm, check off the orders
with the stylus and see the patient's information right there,"
said KDMC information systems manager Carl Smith. "It's bedside
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