Illustration: Improvements in hospital communication enable nurses to provide better care towards their patients.
Dr. Kota Torikai, Gunma University Hospital’s Sub Manager of System Integration, wrote an article on the “Efficiency and Qualitative Improvements by Linking Smartphone Functionality and Electronic Medical Records to Nursing Services”. He reminds the readers of the definition of “nursing” and how the main function of nursing is to provide the utmost attention to the patient, and as a result, patient care and recovery time improves. He states that “While the doctor is primarily responsible for guiding the patient’s prognosis, the nurse is primarily responsible for the patient’s well-being.”
By integrating the use of smartphones within the hospital environment, his observations determine that hospital communication has improved between nursing staff and doctors. In turn, by improving communication, nurses and doctors have faster response times which lead to better attention and care for patients. He mentions that by using Deltapath’s frSIP® AcuteTM, doctors and nursing staff can now have access to patient records at their fingertips. Nurses are notified instantly on their smartphone when a patient requires assistance, or when there is an emergency. Doctors would be able to receive an alert when the hospital’s panic value system (once implemented) detects anomalies in the patient’s blood work analysis. The panic value alert would send out to all nearby doctors to ensure faster response times if other doctors are with other patients, these alerts show patient details and the critical state that’s cause for concern.
Nursing staff and doctors are now able to communicate in high-definition audio, send chat messages, edit files, and review/update patient records and details through their smartphones at any time and at any location. Nurses are now able to spend their time with the patients rather than behind a desk monitoring alarms.
To read more about Dr. Torikai’s article, click on the link below to view the translated article in English. In addition, if you haven’t already done so, check out our Gunma University video case study on our blog.