Smartphone-style intuitive interface allows bedside access of real-time data, improving efficiency and accuracy
Japan’s Nagasaki University Hospital, a medical facility known for its cutting-edge medical services with a 150-year history, has implemented enterprise mobile technology to boost its track record for efficiency and accuracy with the help of Zebra Technologies’enterprise-class TC55 touch computer. The application of the TC55 came at the behest of the hospital to introduce a new field-use terminal while upgrading its electronic medical record system in 2015, in a bid to meet the needs of future healthcare by improving both the medical information solution and the device.
The teaching hospital serves the 1.3 million residents of Nagasaki prefecture, and treats more than 360,000 outpatients and 260,000 inpatients annually. The TC55 is a crucial tool to ensure the adherence to Nagasaki University Hospital’s stringent Three-Point Authentication System. This deployment adds to the breadth of Zebra Technologies’ healthcare customer portfolio, which covers more than 2,000 hospitals globally and supports over 300 million patient transactions annually. Successful implementations include those at Danat Al Emarat in Abu Dhabi, Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC) in Leiden, the Netherlands, and the USL di Reggio Emilia in Italy.
Supporting the initiative, Mizuho Okada, head nurse, Department of Nursing, Department of Medical Informatics, Nagasaki University Hospital, said “Mobile nursing information devices give us significantly more control over safety. Our nurses can check on drug prescriptions by the bedside, just before administering injections or blood transfusions, as well as electronically record the details of the procedure with just one click. Nurses no longer need to transfer records from their memories to the patients’ files after they return to their stations. The TC55 reduces the time required for the recording process while increasing accuracy. Above all, we now have more time for bedside care than ever before.”
Commenting on the programme, Hideki Tanimura, project manager, MegaOak Strategic Planning Group of Division Promotion Department, NEC Medical Solution Division, added, “The TC55 was selected for its many functions and compatibilities with our existing electronic recording system. The TC55 is also capable of handling patient’s personal information securely, making it possible for maximum protection. This is one of the many reasons why we continue to provide innovative solutions that meet the needs of our customers through our partnership with Zebra Technologies.”
“Zebra Technologies recognizes the increasing use of highly versatile enterprise-class tablets and smartphones in hospitals, and we are committed to developing solutions that enable medical professionals to perform their work efficiently and accurately in high-pressure and time-sensitive conditions. Our successful deployment with NEC Corporation and Nagasaki University Hospital is a testament to our end-to-end enterprise solution capabilities, and we hope to continue bringing our enterprise-class touch computers to more organizations in the healthcare sector” said Wayne Harper, senior technical director, APAC, Zebra Technologies
- Nagasaki University Hospital’s Three-Point Authentication System consists of checking the Target – the wristband on the patient; the Administrator – ID card of a doctor or nurse; and the Object – barcode on the drugs, before administering any medication.
- TC55 works as a mobile nursing information device in seamless conjunction with the hospital’s electronic record system “MegaOakHR”, provided by NEC Corporation.
- TC55 supports safety management with intuitive operation of Android OS and a high-precision, built-in barcode scanner that accurately reads barcodes on patients and medication, significantly reducing patient misidentification or medication error.
- Supported by stable Wi-Fi and Near-Field Communications (NFC), TC55 enables real-time confirmation of data, vastly improving efficiency and accuracy by performing entries and recording simultaneously.
- Other benefits of the TC55 include its ability to be cleaned with disinfectants, durability that withstands 1.2m drop or immersion in water, and replaceable batteries that warrant long, continuous use.