NewYork-Presbyterian Now Using PatientSafe Solutions in Five Hospitals
Though new Accountable Care Organizations are springing up across the country at relatively quick rate, health care startups will be the first to say that their customers are still practicing in a fee for service world. That hasn’t stopped PatientSafe Solutions from branding itself as a company that is creating technology designed for accountable care.
And even though it isn’t the dominant model today, PatientSafe is signing up customers. The company just announced that in addition to 70 sites that have already implemented PatientTouch, its flagship product is now used by NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. The health care system includes five hospitals with a total of 2,409 beds.
PatientSafe developed PatientTouch, a hardware and software product, specifically for nurses. It includes an iPod touch that is hospital-proofed by being encased in a durable and water-resistant cover. The software is designed to improve clinicians’ workflow by allowing them to access patient information and communicate with other clinicians as they move around the hospital.
“NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital is one of the top caregivers in the nation, and its electronic medical records system has made patient data highly organized and quickly accessible,” PatientSafe Solutions CEO Joe Condurso said in a statement. “PatientTouch is helping leading medical providers such as NewYork-Presbyterian leverage their EMR infrastructure by incorporating innovations that reflect the mobile nature of clinicians.”
PatientTouch is designed to allow for minimal disruption to nurses’ workflow and more importantly, prevent disruption in a patient’s care. For example, if a nurse is called off the unit for an urgent meeting, he can use PatientTouch to hand off all of his patient information to another nurse who will fill in.
Earlier this year PatientSafe closed a $20 million Series C round of financing led by the Merck Global Health Innovation fund. In keeping its focus on accountable care and technology aimed at achieving lower readmission rates, Condurso said the financing will be used in part to develop services patients can use at home after hospital discharge.