Patient care at the William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital is enhanced through the use of the most advanced technology and medical equipment.
One of the more innovative technologies is videoconferencing capability, available in all patient rooms. Videoconferencing allows caregivers to consult with other members of the patient’s care team and to show patients images such as X-rays, CT scans, and MRIs, allowing them to better understand their illness and treatments.
These same interactive flat-screen monitors are equipped with high-definition cameras, enabling patients to stay connected with family and friends.
Surgeons have similar videoconferencing capabilities in the operating rooms, allowing real-time discussions with colleagues during surgery. Pathologists, for example, can view onscreen tissue samples extracted during surgery.
Patients also benefit from these additional technology features:
- Secure mobile devices enable physicians and nurses to maintain, track, and share up-to-date electronic medical records.
- Radio frequency identification devices (RFID) and bar coding of equipment and medications promote proper tracking and administration, reducing the potential for errors.
- Calls from patient rooms go directly to the nurse or appropriate person, rather than being routed through a central point of contact.
- Interactive whiteboard technology is located in nearly all teaching areas, enabling caregivers to view – and make notations on – X-rays, slides, and videos. Any work they do can be saved and sent to a colleague, meaning patients can have access to the best medical minds anywhere in the world.
Looking to the future, the hospital was designed for maximum flexibility. This enables new equipment and technology to be quickly integrated, with minimal downtime for renovations.