San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) December 19, 2012
Dr. Mara Nitu, a pediatric critical care physician, can see up to 20 patients each shift. She might intubate patients, perform CPR, counsel families, and do whatever else she needs to do to give her patients the best care possible. She and her partners see some of the most critical patients at Indiana University Health's pediatric hospitals in Indianapolis. They work as a team to save lives.
It is essential that Dr. Nitu and her group have a seamless way of communicating about their patients between shifts. The doctors were spending time face to face and over the phone managing patient care together, but with time at a premium, they needed great software to supplement what they were doing.
Last year, the group began working with developers at pMD, a medical software company whose app allows doctors to manage patient information and billing charges, to develop an enhanced patient handoff feature. After nearly a year of collaboration, the enhanced patient handoff functionality was released last month.
“pMD has given us a much more efficient form of communication from physician to physician that translates to better patient care,” Dr. Nitu said. “It's saved us a tremendous amount of time, and now we have everything that we need at the point of patient care in one system.”
Dr. Mark Rigby, another pediatric critical care physician at IU Health, said that pMD's new handoff feature has allowed him to conduct rounds more efficiently. “It saves us so much time. The administrative work is done very quickly, so we have more time to put our patients' plans together. This means that the patients' plans are done much earlier, and this means that the patients' care is in place much earlier. They recover sooner, and they go home sooner.”
Trillions of dollars have been spent on healthcare and technology, but no software had given doctors wh
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