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BIRMINGHAM (Nov. 18, 2013) - Physicians caring for the sickest patients at Children’s of Alabama now have remote access to critical clinical information, including live and historical data previously accessible only at the patient’s bedside.
The data should lead to improvements in care according to Yung Lau, Division Director of Pediatric Cardiovascular Services at Children’s, Lau said the new technology provides an additional layer of care not previously available, an approach that provides a multi-disciplinary platform of care where care teams can look at a live picture of circulatory information particular to each patient. Care providers are also able to capture an image or look back at a previous image, while counseling a resuscitation team or consulting with a physician at the bedside.
“By giving the physician the capability of monitoring his or her patient from any location, our most critically ill are receiving the most accurate medical assessment possible,” Lau said.
Previously, physicians would have to rely on faxes or phone consults to relay delayed information related to blood pressure, heart rhythms and oxygen levelsThus far physicians in Children’s PICU, NICU and CVICU units have been trained on the technology, which is most often accessed via an iPad or iPhone. The technical improvements are a continuation of technological advances since the state’s only freestanding pediatric hospital moved into its $400 expansion in August of 2012.
Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children since 1911, offering inpatient and outpatient services throughout central Alabama. Last year, families made more than 670,000 outpatient and nearly 14,000 inpatient visits to Children’s from every county in Alabama and from 41 other states and four foreign countries. With more than 2 million square feet, Children’s is the third largest pediatric medical facility in the U.S. and has been ranked among the top children’s hospital programs in the country for the past four years by US News & World Report. More information is available at www.childrensal.org.