Project ASPIRE: Using Technology to Improve Patient Care
Memorial Hospital is currently undergoing a $6.9 million complete technology overhaul. This technology improvement initiative has been nicknamed “Project ASPIRE” (Achieve Safety and Productivity by Improving Quality and Reducing Errors). Most aspects Project ASPIRE will directly affect patient care.
Project ASPIRE will result in patient records, charts, test results and other important data being immediately and always accessible to care providers from secured network capable devices, such as tablets, smart phones and laptops. This will allow physicians and other care providers to access all of their patients’ important info at once, from one location, which will allow them to spend more time caring for patients, and less time searching for records.
Check out Project ASPIRE details:
CREATING A CLOUD ENVIRONMENT– 75% Complete
Memorial Hospital has partnered with Netgain in order to create a private “cloud” environment. The cloud environment will allow physicians and associates to access the Memorial Hospital network and important medical information from anywhere with internet-capable devices. More than 200 Memorial Hospital servers are being redesigned from scratch to fit into the new cloud environment.
UPGRADING THE HOSPITAL NETWORK– 25% Complete
New network devices and cabling are being installed throughout the entire hospital, which will result in significantly faster network access for most users. In addition, the hospital’s wireless network is being enhanced with new wireless access points and re-strategized wireless access point placement.
ENHANCING REMOTE ACCESS TO THE HOSPITAL NETWORK– 75% Complete
COMPLETED: A new remote access portal has been implemented which supports nearly all network-capable devices, including iPads, Droid devices and Macs. The new portal is also expected to have virtually no downtime.
Network firewalls are being upgraded, which will greatly improve security, and help ensure more network uptime. Memorial Hospital is also upgrading bandwidth via partnership with OneCommunity. This will allow greater connectivity between Memorial and participating physician offices.
REPLACING HOSPITAL COMPUTERS – 25% Complete
Every hospital desktop system will be replaced during Project ASPIRE. Also, many new in-room computers and portable computers on wheel carts will be put into action during Project ASPIRE.
IMPROVING APPLICATION ACCESS – 50% Complete
More than 30 Citrix servers are being created or upgraded with Citrix version 6.5. During this process, many servers are being rebuilt from scratch, some are being replaced and others are being created. This process takes a significant amount of time, and is extremely complex.
COMPLETED: The IT department upgraded the application, Imprivata, to make it easier for users to switch workstations, as well as put an end to computers locking up due to inactivity.
UPDATING SOFTWARE – 25% Complete
We will be adding Midas, a new application that will change the way Memorial does business by being the data collector, aggregator and organizer for all clinical-related data.
In addition, Paragon will be upgraded to 10.2, the meaningful use certified version. Also, functionality for Computerized Practitioner Order Entry (CPOE), medication reconciliation and medication administration, as well as upgrades to the laboratory applications, will be added to in-use applications with the goal of improving patient safety and provider satisfaction.
COMPLETED: The upgrade of the Horizon Patient Folder means significant changes for our users. Gaining an understanding of the new features through training and hands-on experience will help users realize the benefits gained.
Emergency Department applications are being upgraded to create tighter integration with the hospital’s Paragon system and streamlined charting and billing processes.
Finally, we are implementing the new version of Merge PACs. This adds a great deal of functionality, including iPhone and iPad compatibility, and the ability to view patient information on any workstation at Memorial.
The estimated completion of Project ASPIRE is January 2013!
About the Author:
Andrew Smith has been with Memorial Hospital since 2009. Andrew has previously worked in marketing and development at The University of Toledo/Medical College of Ohio. He has also taught English at Terra Community College. Andrew is a graduate of Miami University of Ohio (go Hawks!) with a Bachelor of Arts in English/Creative Writing.
He lives in Fremont with his wife Erinn and their daughters Riley and Harper.
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