Workstations on Wheels take your EMR to the Patient
Why do Hospitals need Bedside Mobile Medical Workstations on Wheels?
Workstations on Wheels or WOWs allow a nurse or clinician to have real-time access to patient information in a convenient and mobile platform, while also providing a work surface and optional storage drawers that enable them to make fewer trips back and forth to the nursing station.
The healthcare industry faces challenges related to costly medical errors and nursing staff restraints that result in inefficient use of hospital resources and deficient patient care. The current practice of manually collecting and organizing patient data is labor-intensive and error-prone, causing unnecessary delays and expensive medical errors that severely impact patient safety and efficiency. In addition, staffing issues reduce direct time spent with patients and further limit the amount of reliable vital sign data necessary to deliver quality care. These challenges have resulted in a series of excessive medical errors that produce significant financial waste.
In evaluating Workstations on Wheels (or Computers on Wheels) Point-of-Care solutions, hospitals must consider many issues, such as clinical workflow, space considerations, infection control and type of information, (i.e. medication records versus. full medical record) needed at the bedside. For instance, where nurses are required to distribute medications, the ideal solution may be a cart equipped with a laptop and a bar code scanner in which medications can be stored. Intensive Care Unit (ICU) nurses working in situations with limited floor space, however, might use wall-mounted solutions.
Physicians, on the other hand, need convenient access to patient information and the ability to respond to that information quickly. Medical workstations (workstations on wheels) enable clinicians to access data at the time care is provided to the patient.
Throughout the years, our variety of medical workstations have greatly expanded to continually meet the challenges of these new and unique healthcare settings.