Truman Medical Centers transform patient care with Zebra Technologies’ mobile computing

March 7, 2018

Zebra Technologies Corporation, a provider of rugged mobile computers, barcode scanners and barcode printers enhanced with software and services to enable real-time enterprise visibility, announced that Truman Medical Centers, an academic health system in Kansas City, selected Zebra’s TC51-HC mobile computer running Cerner Corporation’s CareAware Connect solution to help streamline care-team communications and clinical workflows.

Truman Medical Centers are comprised of 51 clinics, including two inpatient facilities and a level-one trauma center. To serve the half million annual visits they receive, nursing staff members previously carried five devices to do their jobs. Today, the nurses carry the TC51-HC mobile computer equipped with CareAware Connect to deliver more efficient and effective bedside care.

The staff identified significant timesaving benefits from the deployment of the TC51-HC, which allows caregivers more time to focus on their patients. Nurses are taking 48 percent fewer steps than prior to implementing CareAware Connect on the TC51-HC. Also, time spent disinfecting communication equipment has decreased from 10 minutes to 1 minute.

According to Zebra’s The Future of Healthcare: 2022 Hospital Vision Study, a lack of real-time patient health information at the bedside is the biggest barrier to achieving optimal patient care in hospitals globally. Additionally, 67 percent of nurse managers credit clinical mobility with improving staff communication, collaboration and quality of patient care.

By replacing the “nurse toolbelt” (pagers, cameras, laptops and scanning devices) with the TC51-HC mobile computer and CareAware Connect, caregivers can communicate with physicians, family members and other healthcare staff, pull up patient records and critical data, and capture high-quality pictures of wounds or other medical issues—all without leaving the patient’s bedside.

Zebra will be in booth #1421 at HIMSS18.

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