Documenting Patient Care at Markham Stouffville Hospital: Combining Best Practices with Wireless Applications

Scott Briggs
2004 Healthcare Quarterly  
This project profile supported by an educational grant from Bell Enterprise T wo years ago, Markham Stouffville Hospital (MSH) implemented a project that changed the way staff and clinicians document patient care. The Electronic Documentation project, or "ED," represented two elements of change introduced simultaneously -new technology to facilitate charting combined with changes to the charting methodology itself. Recognizing that a balance between technology and practice change was required
more » ... r success, the project was initiated jointly by the Professional Practice and Information Technology departments. One of the goals of the ED project was to facilitate clinical documentation at the point-of-care. Theoretically, point-ofcare computing would mean timely documentation, higher accuracy and more time for direct clinician/patient interaction. This goal shaped the requirements for a mobile device operating in a wireless network.
doi:10.12927/hcq.2004.20370 fatcat:fygjrwxlyfblzdelnyh4vt4ure