Two hospitals preparing to go 'all-digital'

Two Ohio hospitals--Magruder Hospital in Port Clinton and Fisher-Titus Medical Center in Norwalk--soon will be among the top 5 percent of the most automated, fully digital hospitals in the United States, reports the Port Clinton News Herald. The hospitals will implement wireless, all-digital patient care systems from Cerner Corp. that will give caregivers "instant access to real-time patient information," says Fisher-Titus President Pat Martin.

Both hospitals will go live with the new technology April 27. Magruder will spend about $10 million over the next 10 years to implement the system, while Fisher-Titus' costs will come in at about $20 million. The price tag includes hardware, room remodeling, software, training and other costs.

Patient information will be available in each patient room via a customizable, digital television screen that uses biometric fingerprint identification. Hospital officials cite improved patient safety as the primary impetus for the move. For example, the system includes a digital medicine cabinet that tracks patient drugs and cross-checks prescriptions, as well as a wireless scanner that verifies that nurses administer the right drug to the right patient.

To learn more about the hospitals' transition to an all-digital environment:
- read the News Herald article

Suggested Articles

The profit margins and management of Community Health Group raise questions about oversight of managed care insurers.

Financial experts are warning practices about the pitfalls of promoting medical credit cards to their patients.

A proposed rule issued by HHS on Tuesday would expand short-term coverage, a move Seema Verma said will have "virtually no impact" on ACA premiums.