The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported today on a smart hospital room pilot project at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
"Informed that her hospital room was equipped with computer screens that could display her vital signs, medications and other personal information, and even identify the health professionals walking in her door, Carmella Sacramento gave a classic Pittsburgh response."Get out," said Ms. Sacramento, 73, of Swissvale, who was hospitalized at UPMC Shadyside for a heart problem. "Isn't that something?"
The computer system presents other information, including reminders to patients to ask for help in getting out of bed if they are at risk for falls. And a spotlight focuses on the hand sanitizer dispenser when people enter or leave, reminding them of the need to wash their hands.
The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center calls the concept the "smart room" and believes it is the first of its kind. The idea has been tested since October in six patient rooms at UPMC Shadyside.
"While many technology vendors have developed 'smart' components, including advanced pumps that use patient information to regulate medication doses, ours is the first system designed to address the broader patient experience," said David Sharbaugh, leader of the project and senior director at UPMC's Center for Quality Improvement and Innovation.
"We believe this technology will enhance patient safety, allow clinicians to spend more time at the bedside and simplify the jobs of health care workers."
Source: UPMC TESTING 'SMART' ROOMS; SIX ROOMS AT UPMC SHADYSIDE ARE EQUIPPED WITH COMPUTER SCREENS THAT KEEP DOCTORS AND PATIENTS INFORMED JOE FAHY. Pittsburgh Post - Gazette. Pittsburgh, Pa.: Jan 16, 2008. Pg. A.1