TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS IMPROVE PATIENT SAFETY
THE INVESTMENT IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (IT) INFRASTRUCTURE IS SIGNIFICANT YET ESSENTIAL. PHOENIX CHILDREN’S HOLISTIC IT SYSTEMS ENABLE EFFECTIVE CARE COORDINATION, MEASURE QUALITY ACHIEVEMENT, AND IMPROVE COMMUNICATION ACROSS THE CARE CONTINUUM.
PEDIATRIC DOSE RANGE CHECKING
The Phoenix Children’s Pediatric Dose Range Checking Safety Alert is a technology solution that optimized the pharmacy order entry process to ensure that hard alerts occurred when they were critical to preventing an adverse event. To date, there has not been a single prescription dose error since the program’s inception.
PREVENTING IV INFILTRATION
IV infiltration is a painful complication of treatment that can require surgical repair. In a collaborative effort by IT and nursing staff, knowledge-based charting electronically documents a patient’s status and risk for IV infiltration. The result is a significant decrease in incidences, increased patient comfort, and potentially decreased expensive and avoidable interventions.
ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORD
Phoenix Children’s achieved full implementation of an Electronic Health Record (EHR) system resulting in improved operational efficiency, increased safety and quality for the patient and improved communication with primary care physicians.