“Slow Down” may not be words people use when talking about device integration. Not all device integration initiatives are created equal. Achieving results within med-surg units requires a bit more clinical involvement than it does in a higher acuity unit.
Frequently, organizations want to move too fast, which undermines the value of integrating devices in these units, frustrates the implementation team, and worse, destroys end user adoption. Neglecting the clinicians’ workflow or not conducting a network assessment in the med-surg area could render the system as unusable. Usually, this is the result of not involving the implementation team in the device integration roll-out and hence, they’re not understanding the issue(s) you are trying to solve.
The decision for device integration in med-surg is the “starting gun” to set goals and to set the finish line. Start by finding a baseline.
- What are you trying to solve with device integration in med-surg?
- Who currently collects the data? How is it collected?
- How is data entered into the patient record?
- How much clinical time does documentation take away from nursing?
We know that these are not always the easiest answers to obtain prior to integration, but knowing the current state from start to finish will help an organization set the right expectations for how device integration can improve the efficiency and safety of the existing workflows – and better yet, quantify it.
By taking a little time in beginning of the project – by SLOWING down at the start – your implementation will stay on track and result in FAST adoption and a success story for all to share.