UPMC Smart Room for Healthcare
IBM and UPMC (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center) are teaming up to bring “smarter” hospital rooms to patients nationwide. Created by UPMC three years ago to bring the right patient information to the bedside when it’s needed, the high-tech “smart room” now features new capabilities, namely a system for automatically organizing and prioritizing the work of nurses and other caregivers. Under a new agreement, IBM will be the exclusive sales channel for the SmartRoom solution and will help to implement the technology for customers.
Smart Room is a health IT solutions company focused on improving clinical workflow and providing in-context information for clinicians at the bedside. Smart Room, jointly funded by UPMC and IBM, is headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA. Working in close collaboration with clinicians and hospital executives, Smart Room innovates the delivery of health care by eliminating tasks and helping clinicians more easily navigate patient information. This allows caregivers to spend more time providing high quality care to their patients.
UPMC is an $8 billion integrated global health enterprise headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and one of the leading nonprofit health systems in the United States. As western Pennsylvania’s largest employer, with almost 50,000 employees, UPMC is transforming the economy of the region into one based on medicine, research and technology. By integrating 20 hospitals, 400 doctors’ offices and outpatient sites, long-term care facilities and a major health insurance services division, and in collaboration with its academic partner, the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences, UPMC has advanced the quality and efficiency of health care and developed internationally renowned programs in transplantation, cancer, neurosurgery, psychiatry, orthopaedics, and sports medicine, among others.
Smart Room Simplifies Patient Care
Smart Room’s solutions allow clinicians to spend more time with patients and help improve outcomes…by spending less time:
- Repeating steps
Smart Room redefines the meaning of “workflow solution.” Caregivers are alerted to which tasks should be completed next, saving both time and effort.
Smart Room Puts Information at Your Fingertips
Smart Room’s caregiver touch screen allows clinicians to chart critical information in the patient room, resulting in:
- Immediate documentation as care is complete
- Improved infection control
- Less alerts and interruptions through proactive learning
- Transparent communication between caregivers, patients and patients’ families via the patient information screen
- Fewer errors due to automated data population in the electronic medical record (EMR)
- Quick access to information at the bedside
For Patients and Families
Smart Room’s patient interactive screen provides the patient with several education, communication, and entertainment features, resulting in:
- More educated patients by involving them and their family in the care process in a more collaborative way
- Higher patient satisfaction by increasing a patient’s understanding of medical procedures and processes and providing easy communication with their family and friends
Smart Room closes the “EMR Gap”
Smart Room allows hospitals to obtain more value from their EMR investments. As an EMR-independent solution, it integrates seamlessly with existing systems. Caregivers are able to spend less time charting at a computer located away from their patients, and can spend more time doing what they love: caring for their patients.