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ACT! . . . But Never Alone

Posted by Susan Niemeier, MHA, BSN, RN

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on Mar 15, 2014 @ 09:58 AM

Capsule-Icon-ACTToo many chiefs and not enough Indians. The traditional, or old school thinking, is that clinicians make decisions in isolated areas and act alone, not as part of a team focused on delivering integrated care.

According to Atul Gawande, MD, an internationally recognized healthcare thought-leader, the result of this perspective is a disconnect in healthcare delivery, leading to skyrocketing costs, escalating medical mistakes and many other well-recognized difficulties. Dr. Gawande believes healthcare resources must be optimized to work together as a system to make the most of the extraordinary possibilities of today’s medical advances.

When a physician in one department orders a treatment, just how do all other members of the hospital-wide care team continue to stay informed and act as a group? The presentation of integrated device data by a medical device information system (MDIS) solution certainly helps. A comprehensive ongoing flow of patient data provides feedback not only on the impact of care in one isolated area, but on the patient overall. Did an action have unanticipated consequences beyond the expertise of the ordering physician? That feedback might prompt the physician to make a change in the treatment plan, order an additional medication, or confer with another specialist. More precise and timely information will not only allow clinicians to act, but also to interact more and to react with greater positive impact on patient care.

Additionally, by interacting with its fellow IT systems, an MDIS itself also helps keep clinicians across the hospital informed about a patient’s condition. These other systems might include alarms and alerts, clinical documentation, and clinical decision and support. Talking to your neighbors and acting as a team with an inclusive perspective on patient care is a good thing, whether for physician, nurse or multi-disciplinary care team.

Does your hospital department have more chiefs than team players?

How do you deal with colleagues who work in isolation and insist on going it alone?

Tags: Medical Device Information System, ACT