Phelps County Regional Medical Center last week took a step toward standardizing patient care by formalizing an arrangement with Motive Medical Intelligence, a San Francisco based company.
What does this mean for patients?
It means patients can be assured they will receive the same care as other patients and it will be the latest care.
“Standardizing order sets would allow each physician to treat medical conditions the same way,” according to a press statement from PCRMC issued at the Board of Trustees meeting Wednesday, Sept. 25.
That means this: “… if a patient had a community-acquired pneumonia that every case would be treated exactly the same,” according to the statement.
“The concept of standardization follows best practices and ensures that each pneumonia patient would be treated by the most current evidence-based protocols regardless of the attending physician.”
Motive Medical Intelligence officers flew in from San Francisco to talk to the board at the meeting. They were Paola Dell’Osso, vice president of sales; Jeanne Cohen, CEO; and Dr. Rich Klosco, chief medical officer.
The company will provide the hospital with a computerized product that will add on to the electronic medical record-keeping program being used at the hospital.
This collaboration is the result of an earlier decision by the hospital board that physicians standardize all their order sets, thus making use of the electronic medical record possible.
Dr. John T. Park, board chairman, and Dr. Don James, chief medical officer of the hospital, went to work on a plan to streamline the medical record, according to the press statement, and Dr. James called in Motive to help.
“Standardization of care has been well-documented to result in better outcomes for the patient, shorten length of stay during hospital treatment and produce more efficient uses of lab and diagnostic X-ray and other hospital resources,” according to the statement.
Standardizing care will be used in all “diagnostic categories,” especially the top 100 most frequently treated illnesses.
“For example, PCRMC will standardize care for conditions such as acute myocardial infarction, congestive heart failure, diabetes, fractured femurs, caesarian section and more,” said the statement.
The goal is to have the standardized care program in place by the end of this year and completely operational in early 2014.