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MEDITECH's nursing community brings new meaning to "Year of the Nurse" during our year-end event

MEDITECH brought its nursing community together in mid-December to celebrate its 2020 accomplishments in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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If you broke the year 2020 down into 525,600 minutes, you’d see COVID-19 dominating most of them — especially for those of us in healthcare. 

Which is why it was especially important for us to take 45 of those minutes to honor the innovation and accomplishments of MEDITECH’s nursing community, during our Year of the Nurse: Reflections, Gratitude, and Hope event. 

“When the WHO designated 2020 as the Year of the Nurse in celebration of Florence Nightingale’s 100th birthday, I’m sure they had no idea what a year of the nurse this would be,” said MEDITECH Associate Vice President Cathy Turner. 

“You’ve all risen to exceptional challenges this year, addressing overwhelming responsibilities added to your already full plate. Yet despite having no plan in place, or any spare resources available, you persevered as nurses always do, putting yourself second to everything else that needed to happen in your organization and your community.” 

Stories from the event can be accessed by clicking on the video image at the top. Refer to the following timestamps for specific topics.

02:48 - 07:38 | Depression Screening and Suicide Prevention Toolkit Implementation
Coffeyville Regional Medical Center (Coffeyville, KS) implemented MEDITECH’s Depression Screening and Suicide Prevention Toolkit to help improve documentation for their suicide-risk patients on the hospital side.  

07:39 - 11:35 | Labor and Delivery Early Adopter
Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital (St. Johnsbury, VT) signed on to be an early adopter of our Expanse Labor and Delivery solution, and due to COVID, finished the implementation virtually. The solution helped to improve the continuity of care throughout the entire hospital. 

11:37 - 19:13 | Mobile Testing and Pre-Screening
At the beginning of the pandemic, Woman’s Hospital (Baton Rouge, LA) was chosen to be the obstetric hospital for the Baton Rouge area. The organization quickly erected a mobile testing unit and utilized other departments for pre-screening OB patients in an effort to help reserve PPE.

19:14 - 24:49 | Use of Virtual Visits
Stevenson Memorial Hospital (Alliston, ON) worked with other organizations in the SHINE partnership to roll-out virtual visits to both their internal employees and external patients through the use of corporate-level education and communication.

24:50 - 27:23 | Patient Tracking
Another member of the SHINE partnership, Southlake Regional Health Centre (Newmarket, ON), reduced the need for re-testing patients by documenting COVID positive or negative status by date. This status followed the patients from site to site, visit to visit, and status board to status board.

27:24 - 36:28 | Surveillance
The Valley Hospital (Ridgewood, NJ) used MEDITECH’s surveillance tools to bring pertinent patient information to the forefront without having to log in to MEDITECH. As a result, patients, their families, and clinical staff were kept aware of code status and instructions.

30:53 - 33:38 | Surveillance for Fall Risk Assessment
In addition to keeping pertinent patient information available to all involved in a patient’s care, Valley also used surveillance to automate the fall risk calculation score. The organization decreased the number of clicks by 62% compared to the traditional assessment.

36:29 - 43:47 | Expanse Patient Care Early Adopter
In becoming an Expanse Patient Care early adopter, King’s Daughters Medical Center (Brookhaven, MS) was excited for the new user interface for nurses, as it has a consistent look and feel to what their physicians were already using. Implementation of Expanse Patient Care resulted in a highly positive end user response and improved collaboration across all clinical staff.

These themes, and more, will be explored in further detail at our 2021 Nurse Forum, taking place virtually June 16-18. More information on this and other virtual events will be coming soon via email and our Events webpage. Also, read our nurse-focused blogs and register for our LIVE webinar, Expanse Patient Care, Wednesday, February 3.

Read more about MEDITECH's decision support and guidance for COVID-19.

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