The Promise of Mobility: A Cardiac Surgeon’s Perspective

ImageWhen I talk to fellow clinicians at Sequoia Hospital who are now using mobility to monitor labor and delivery patients, or view ECGs in near real-time, the reactions are uniformly positive. They praise the ability to make faster, informed assessments based on the information they access on their smartphones or tablets and the workflow improvements.

However, from a surgeon’s point of view, the most exciting developments are just starting to happen. Incorporating mobility throughout the cardiac care continuum and providing constant monitoring of patients anytime or anywhere is the real game-changer. Because we are most interested in the total care of the patient, continuity is crucial – and mobility enables this in ways that were never possible before.

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The Heart of Mobility – Where Minutes Matter Most

Clock-ticking-300x199Montefiore Medical Center is a pioneer when it comes to adopting technologies that enhance the quality of care. We were among the first healthcare systems to adopt electronic medical records (EMRs) and computerized physician order entry (CPOE) in the early ‘90s. As an integrated healthcare delivery network operating from the Bronx, New York, Montefiore’s services span four campuses and more than 130 delivery locations. This means our physicians travel across sites and require access to information while working remotely. Today, as we continue to stay ahead of the technology curve, the natural next step is to adopt mobility solutions, including in our mission-critical cardiology services.

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Taking the Pulse of Cardiovascular Services

Measuring blood pressureMobility is making an impact on cardiovascular services – ranging from expedited STEMI care pathways to readmission reductions for congestive heart failure (CHF) and intermittent dysrhythmias. Taking a step back to reflect on the state of the cardiovascular service line at large illustrates some key pressures that health systems are experiencing and why mobile technology solutions are taking off in this area. Continue reading