Japan-based medical facility, Nagasaki University Hospital, has implemented the TC55 touch computer from Zebra Technologies to improve patient care.
The TC55 works as a mobile nursing information device along with the hospital's electronic record system called MegaOakHR, which is provided by the NEC Corporation. In addition, the new tool enables real-time confirmation of data, which helps improve efficiency and accuracy by simultaneously performing data entries and recording.
"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," said Hideki Tanimura, Project Manager of MegaOak Strategic Planning Group of Division Promotion Department for NEC Medical Solution Division.
Since TC55's built-in barcode scanner accurately reads barcodes on patients and medications, it significantly reduces patient misidentification or medication error. This is because it supports the hospital's Three-Point Authentication System - which consists of checking the wristband on the patient, the identification of the doctor or nurse, and the barcode on the drugs - before administering any medication.
"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," said Mizuho Okada, head nurse on Department of Nursing, Department of Medical Informatics at Nagasaki University Hospital.
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