How one care provider introduced an electronic bed management system
East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust has embarked on a scheme to support patient flow. Chief nursing information officer Amanda Claeys brings us up to date
Better use of information and innovative technology helps professionals with decision making (Department of Health 2012, 2013), while bed-management information systems can support flow in acute hospitals with user commitment, mainly clinical ward staff. A common criticism of healthcare, is that it is data rich and information poor (Mettler and Vimarlund 2009) and access to timely and meaningful information can be challenging (Russell at all 2014).
East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust (ELHT) decided to upgrade its bed board system to support patient flow and help ward managers access timely information in ward areas.
The previous system evolved from a pilot and there was limited adoption in some areas of the trust. It was decided that an...
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