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About: King’s Daughters Medical Center is a 99-bed, nonprofit acute care hospital in Brookhaven, Mississippi, that serves a five-county area with a population of around 100,000. In response to the community’s evolving healthcare needs, KDMC has expanded its services to include primary and specialty care across five clinics.
Challenge: Government mandates such as Meaningful Use required KDMC to ask for more from their nurses and therapists, as regulatory requirements increased their workloads. KDMC’s traditional methods of documentation and medication administration were safe but time-consuming, and limited the time nurses could spend facing their patients.
Execution: KDMC chose to become an early adopter of MEDITECH’s Expanse Point of Care software. Using handheld mobile devices, nurses and therapists were able to quickly conduct lab review, order review, nurse/therapist documentation, and medication administration. This technology helped to make patient interactions more meaningful, as clinicians no longer needed to turn away from patients to use desktops or WoWs. Although the software was introduced on an opt-in basis, KDMC leadership saw impressive rates of adoption throughout the hospital.
Results: After implementing Expanse Point of Care, nurses at KDMC realized the following benefits:
- The software decreased clicks and motion counts, and provided nurses the opportunity to be more engaged with patients.
- The streamlined single sign-on process saved nurses time.
- In one test, the software reduced single-medication administration steps from eight down to four.