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IT strategy at Nationwide Children's Hospital sticks to basics

Allel Bernard | March 12, 2013
As Nationwide Children's Hospital opens a $430 million facility, the CIO for the Columbus, Ohio-based facility says her strategy focuses less on cutting-edge technology and more on improving the user experience for patients and physicians alike.

Nor does it stop with pumps. There are many more medical devices that Zabawski would like to integrate with clinical software systems, making them part of what she calls "the converged network," and to manage automatically.

Finally, Zabawski wants to integrate Epic and the in-room Get Well patient engagement system with a pain management system that lets kids to check in every hour and indicate how they feel based on the faces pain scale.

Along with bringing the rest of the 57-acre campus to the same standards of the new hospital, Zabawski, like most of IT these days, focuses on data. "We have the data from the EMRs, the data from the nurse call system, the data from Vocera," she says. "How do we use that data to improve? How do we improve care? How do we improve outcomes? That's a big part of the next two to three years."

For Nyktas, Ranjitsingh and rest of the IT crew, this means more back-end work to keep all these integrated and interdependent systems functioning properly. This adds complexity from a support standpoint-but that's OK, Nyktas says.

"On the front end, we want to make it as simple as possible for the users. That's the purpose and that's the goal, to make it less complicated for them," he says. "It proves, from a safety standpoint, that we're responding to the kids' needs at a much faster time, and the right people are responding to it."

 

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