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HIMSS webinar focused on digitizing critical care

In the HIMSS webinar, experts of critical care systems have shared the evolution of their hospital's ICU over time.

It is quite imperative to harness the critical information to drive continuous improvement in care delivery. Critical care is one of such areas where digital transformation is highly taking place.

During the “Digital ICU Evolution: Past, Present, and Future” webinar on 4th august, experts came together. They have shared their journey on how critical care information systems help to enhance patient outcomes.

It is quite tricky for private ICUs to go digital easily. There are costs behind it. Santamaria has laid out some of the advantages of having the CIS to help healthcare institutions to start with their digital transformation.

The electronic medical records of ICUs can make it very easy for coders to find out the diagnostic codes necessary for funds. Digitized ICU means the transformation of expediting patients through intensive care. It also helps in harnessing more information. Features of medical and billing systems must integrate into a CIS.

Having a CIS like RAPH is very helpful in sepsis management. The hospital makes use of a system that alerts the nursing staff about certain conditions. It stays bedside where they can easily input observations. As an alert takes place, the staff can refer the situation to medical staff.

St. Vincent’s Hospital has not yet made use of such tools for its sepsis management. Rather they have built it into their system. These tools are also already hands-on in supervising and monitoring patients.

Electronic records in ICUs can also save time. It can easily enable remote access during a pandemic. In the early days, CIS implementation at ST. Vincent’s Hospital has very little resistance from medical and nursing staff. The hospital executives also supported this move well.

There is also an ongoing push in Australia to adopt CS instead of customizable ICU information systems. It also enables the seamless transition of patient care from the ward to ICU. However, it will take more time to make the solution more perfect for use.