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iPod Touch in the ICU at the Jewish General Hospital
The Jewish General Hospital (JGH) is taking another major step into the digital future by introducing the iPod Touch into its Intensive Care Unit (ICU). The devices are part of a pilot project jointly launched between the Department of Information Technology and the Department of Nursing. The handy iPod Touch has been distributed to 40 ICU nurses to augment the speed and efficiency of patient care.
“Our goal in starting this pilot project is to enable nurses to easily access evidenced based information at the point of care, with the potential of improving patient outcomes and nurse satisfaction,” explains Iris Gourdji, JGH Nurse Specialist in Clinical Information, and Chair of the Nursing Informatics Committee. “Providing nurses with this technology and faster access to information allows them to maximize the time they spend with patients.”
The portable devices link users to medical applications specifically selected to serve the project. At the touch of a button, ICU nurses can get a wide range of data about various illnesses and conditions to support and facilitate their clinical decision making.
“It is a priority at the JGH to provide all healthcare professionals with the necessary tools to best perform, and nursing has demonstrated excellent leadership in implementing the technological changes demanded of them,” says Dr. Stephen E. Rosenthal, Chief Information Officer at the JGH. France Guimont, Project Manager at the JGH adds that “this pilot project has resulted in nurses being able to provide a higher quality of care and dedicate more time at the bedside with their patients.”
Introducing the iPod Touch in the ICU was a logical choice, since it is an area where a great deal of digital techonology is already present. “The ICU nurses are bound to be early adopters,” says Valerie Frunchak, Nursing Director in Hospital Training and Staff Development. “This initiative is important, because it will make critical information easily available, while improving the overall speed and quality of care.”
Feedback is being collected from focus groups conducted with the nurses and from surveys which can be accessed by a link provided on the iPod Touch. Nurses will be able to suggest various improvements to the ongoing project prior to introducing the iPod Touch as a helpful resource in other areas of the hospital.
Glenn J. Nashen, Director
Roland Mailhot, Media Relations
Public Affairs and Communications
Jewish General Hospital