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AT&T, McKesson and Palm Team to Give Physicians Critical Tools

Mon Apr 2, 2007 - 11:51 AM EDT - By Jennifer Chappell


Jupiter Medical Center, a leader of quality health care and clinical innovation, chose a joint wireless solution from AT&T Inc. and Palm, Inc to deliver McKesson's Horizon MobileCare Rounding solution. The combination of these technologies enhance Jupiter Medical Center physicians' access to patient information by allowing them to pull the most current data - in or outside the hospital - to support more informed decision-making and improved workflow.

Horizon MobileCare Rounding improves physician effectiveness and clinical care by providing secure mobile access to vital patient information whenever and wherever it is needed. The solution provides integrated personal digital assisant (PDA) access to Horizon Clinicals to ensure data accuracy for patient saftey and to save time, reduce costs and empower physicians to make the best care desicions.

Horizon MobileCare Rounding:

  • Improves decision-making by bringing patient knowledge to the point of decision
  • Ensures safety and reduces errors because patient information comes directly from the hospital's clinical system
  • Enhances efficiency by enabling covering physicians to quickly access patient history and results
  • Lowers the total cost of information technology ownership through direct integration with the clinical database
  • Enhances productivity by enabling physicians to access patient information at their fingertips, anytime and anywhere needed
  • Improves the physician/hospital relationship by making it easier for physicians to access patient information

    Since 2005, Jupiter Medical Center physicians have used McKesson’s mobile decision-support software solution to wirelessly access patient data, such as charts, lab results and medications. Physicians are now in the process of testing one of Palm’s latest products — the Palm® Treo™ 680 smart device from AT&T — to take advantage of its smaller form factor, lower price point and additional memory to extend their ability to get patient information remotely.

    Barry Miskin, M.D., general surgeon, says, “With the Treo 680 smart device, my time is used more efficiently at the hospital. I can look up patient information before performing surgery, and if there is a discrepancy, have it addressed immediately. The Treo 680 has met and exceeded all my expectations. I was a skeptic at first, but now I can’t imagine performing my day-to-day tasks without it. I find that I work more efficiently because I can view all of my patients’ data even before I arrive at the hospital.”

    Kelli Auletta, senior systems analyst at the hospital, believes that every physician should use the joint solution at Jupiter Medical Center. With it, they can take advantage of the hospital’s infrared, WAN and wireless connections, ensuring that critical information is always at their fingertips wherever they are – inside or out.

    “Patients are really impressed that I have ready access to their latest health information via Horizon MobileCare Rounding running on my Treo smart device. It has really improved my effectiveness,” said J. Peter Lawler, M.D., internal medicine. “It has eliminated the hunt for an available computer to look up patient information. I have less stress.”

    I think it's great that physicians are using so many mobile devices today to help them in their work. It's especially exciting to know that there are physicians utilizing their Palm Treo 680's in the medical field. And if this method of mobility means less stress for our doctors, that means that they can think more clearly about "us", their patients, and treat us more efficently!

    You can read the full press release here.

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