Ochsner unveils new initiative with a bunch of mobile apps

Ochsner Optimal Hospital apps

New Orleans-based Ochsner Health System unveiled a new program called Optimal Hospital that includes a number of mobile apps designed to “improve workflow efficiencies in managing patient care, initiating more frequent and dynamic patient interaction.”

One of the apps, Haiku, provides physicians with access to their patient lists, hospital admissions and discharges, and patient records via their iPhone or Apple Watch.

Using iPad app called Canto, physicians can see test results, current data, and trending reports; while Epic Rover allows nurses with iPhones to scan the barcodes on patient wristbands to prevent medication errors.

On the other hand, there’s the MyChart Bedside app which is meant to be provided to patients along with an iPad, allowing them [patients] to view their exam and treatment schedules, lab results, medications and vital signs, along with educational material related to their condition. In addition, the application also gives the patient the ability to record interactions with their doctors to later play back for themselves and for family members.

One of the apps, Haiku, provides physicians with access to their patient lists, hospital admissions and discharges, and patient records.Ochsner is also using Sotera Wireless’ ViSi Mobile System that integrates with Epic’s software to send patient monitoring information to the care team via their iPhones. The system enables physicians to set their own thresholds for when they will be notified about vital sign drops.

The Optimized Hospital program will roll out in stages, with certain wings of the hospital getting it before the others. New features will be added with the time as new technologies emerge.

“Technology doesn’t stop and there’s always a better piece that might come around the corner that can help benefit any of these constituencies,” Richard Milani, Chief Clinical Transformation Officer, at Ochsner told MobiHealthNews. “What we’re looking for is how can we best position our care teams and patients to get the best possible outcomes most efficiently. That’s the goal. So we’re always keeping an eye out for what’s on the horizon.”