Phoenix Children's Hospital receives grant to make discharge tool digital

An Arizona hospital is moving a paper-based pediatric discharge system into the digital age with the help of a grant.

The Phoenix Children's Hospital is getting $200,000 to support its "Connected Patient Project," which will provide families with customized patient care data via a tablet. The funding is from the James M. Cox Foundation.

Currently, the hospital uses a print version of Journey Boards, a tool that helps families and young patients understand what needs to be done following hospital discharge. The boards are also used in clinic and emergency room visits to help keep track of healthcare issues and patient directives, according to an annoucement.

The grant will fund installation of 200 tablets in patient rooms and interactive, customized content. It is expected that 13,000 pediatric patients will benefit from the digital boards each year, the announcement says. The hospital, through funding from Cox Communications, will also offer 21 Journey Board apps available in English and Spanish. Announcement