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New visual control system for patient management

McKesson has launched Horizon Enterprise Visibility, a ‘whiteboard-style’ visual control system for patient management, showing room availability, patient location and the current status of a patient’s treatment. The system has been shown to save up to one hour per nurse per shift per day, by saving up to 7-10 phone calls and 3-4 wasted logins to various information systems per day. There was also a reduction in capacity problems by speeding up the bed turnaround process. Charmaine McDonald, McKesson UK Managing Director said, “Hospital staff currently rely on an array of devices such as pagers, texts, radio communications and the telephone to keep abreast of the current hospital environment and ward status. Horizon Enterprise Visibility uses visual controls to drive and sustain process improvements, which will ultimately increase patient status visibility for all staff and allow increased focus on the core issue of patient care.” The system intuitively displays real-time information at a glance via plasma or LCD screens. Existing departmental systems and location technologies, such as radio frequency identification (RFID) systems, populate the visual displays in real-time through colour-coded, time-stamped icons and signal lights mapped against the floor plan of a hospital. This enables hospital staff to quickly identify isolation patients, fall risks or any other patient-safety concerns, and flashing timers can be used to indicate key actions required. Currently deployed in hospitals across the US and Germany, Horizon Enterprise Visibility features more than 75 configurable indicators allowing individual trusts to set the measures to manage their wards’ activities and quickly identify the status of critical test results, patient locations, discharge times and bed or room availability. In addition, Horizon Enterprise Visibility intuitively broadcasts the status of a bed or room

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