Connected Patient Care at all Times
HackensackUMC is on the cutting-edge of mobile technology with the EPIC MyChart app. Found in the Apple App Store, the MyChart app allows the patient direct access to test results, prescription information and requests, managing ppointments and communication with the patient’s primary care physician. Recently, the MyChart app included a synchronization with the Apple’s HealthKit app. While other hospitals across the country have and use the MyChart app, HackensackUMC is one of just a few that takes it a step further by enabling the Track My Health section of the app. This is where patients can sync their MyChart app with their activity trackers and health devices — such as blood pressure cuffs, scales, blood glucose monitors, FitBit activity trackers — using the Apple HealthKit app as the intermediary.
Through Apple HealthKit, nutrition data, steps taken, weight, blood pressure and blood glucose can be captured and transferred into MyChart and directly into the patient’s electronic health record. To learn more, click here.
HackensackUMC was pleased to announce a high-tech approach to enhancing patient health and safety on its campus. HackensackUMC has employed the germ-zapping Xenex robot to further reduce the risk of healthcare associated infections.
The robot, named Violet by HackensackUMC’s Environmental Services team, emits ultraviolet light that is designed to destroy viruses, bacteria and bacterial spores on surfaces within minutes. Without contact or chemicals, the robot is credited with killing microorganisms. According to Xenex, the robot has been proven to be 20 times more effective than traditional cleaning methods in killing dangerous pathogens. The Xenex device contains no mercury or hydrogen peroxide and is described as the only green technology used in automated room disinfection.
Click here to see Violet in action.
HackensackUMC is excited to launch a new technological initiative, empowering patients to take a more active role in their care: the Star Wars program. As part of the program, the “Room of the Future” pilot program is currently being tested in two units. Each room is equipped with a smart TV that is integrated with a Samsung tablet, kept at the patient’s bedside. The tablets give patients the most up-to-date information pertaining to their care, which they can access right at their fingertips. This includes: viewing upcoming appointments, lab results and photos of their healthcare team; requests for water/ice and assistance getting out of bed; and controlling the television.
The patient’s request is then sent to the nurses’ iPhones, which are part of the Rover portion of the Star Wars program. With these devices, nurses can scan the bar code on the patient’s hospital bracelet to access information. This secure link enables medical staff to tap into Epic, including physicians when they’re off-site.
Each room is also equipped with a Stryker Smart Bed, which is equipped with sensors so that nurses know when a patient gets out of bed or if a side rail on the bed goes down, indicating a patient may be attempting to stand up.
Click here to see HackensackUMC’s Room of the Future.
HackensackUMC chose Microsoft Lync as its communications platform to provide a simple, secure and cost-effective way for parents to see and bond with their babies in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) when they cannot be together physically.
Click here to learn more about our NICU tablets.