2017 Winner Profile

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Project Description:
In July 2016, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia rolled out its Vital Sign Device Integration in the emergency department to connect medical devices that register pulse, blood pressure, respiration and other readings with the Epic electronic medical record (EMR) system, eliminating the need to manually enter those readings. The vital signs automatically flow into Epic documentation flow sheets and are displayed on large bedside monitors. Eliminating the need to write down vital sign readings saves time, and enables caregivers to work more efficiently. This significantly reduces the potential for data entry error, saves 30 seconds to one minute per set of vital signs and provides the clinical picture for a patient at a glance. Over a year, time savings are estimated at 2,000 nursing hours. Streamlining the process of vital sign entry makes the care team more efficient, improving end user satisfaction with the Epic system. Nurses have welcomed the change, partly because the time saved frees them up to deliver patient care.
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Kisha Hortman Hawthorne, Senior VP and Chief Information Officer
Madeline Bell, Chief Executive Officer
Philadelphia, PA
Healthcare (e.g. Medical Services, Pharmaceutical, Biotech)
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