Premier to offer mobile obstetrics information system

The Premier hospital alliance has signed an agreement with AirStrip Technologies to add a mobile obstetrical information system to its 2,200 member institutions. The technology, called AirStrip OB, offers clinicians real-time, remote access to fetal and maternal waveform information, Healthcare IT News reports. Compatible with iPhone, BlackBerry and Windows Mobile, AirStrip OB also can deliver nursing documentation, test results and patient vitals to obstetricians outside the labor and delivery wards.

"AirStrip OB saves healthcare providers valuable time by reducing the amount of extra trips to and from the labor and delivery unit," says Kathy Connolly, principal of women's services for Premier Consulting Solutions. Connolly, a nurse, says the technology should help to cut down on communication errors, which she calls the leading cause of in-hospital patient injuries.

"If you can spend your whole day in labor and delivery, you may not need this program, but if you are like the rest of us, you cannot defend not having the ability to monitor fetal strips anywhere, anytime," Cleveland Clinic OB/GYN Lynn Simpson says. Cleveland Clinic, a Premier member, is among the first 100 or so institutions to employ the AirStrip OB system.

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