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About: King’s Daughters Medical Center (Brookhaven, MS) is a nonprofit, acute care hospital with 99 beds. Located 60 miles from Jackson, it offers primary and specialty care across five clinics. KDMC serves a five-county region with a population of 100,000.
Challenge: Government mandates such as Meaningful Use required KDMC to ask for more from its 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. Nurses and therapists were able to quickly conduct lab review, order review, nurse/therapist documentation, and medication administration using handheld mobile devices. 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.
Quote: “With Expanse POC, we no longer need to choose between effectiveness and efficiency... the hospital can live at an intersection of the two.”
Joe Farr, RN, Clinical Applications Coordinator, King’s Daughters Medical Center