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Build Better Nurse-Patient Connections


 
Find out more about how to improve the nurse-patient connection in this new white paper, The Nurse-Patient Connection, including the four major obstacles that get in the way. Nurses struggle with these job performance challenges:

1) allocating time

2) EHR difficulties

3) physical strain

4) unsuitable workstations

There are a number of proven ways to overcome those obstacles. Addressing substandard physical spaces, convoluted work flows, and poor ergonomics is one key. Research shows that improving the physical working environment for nurses boosts their satisfaction, and ultimately, direct patient care and clinical outcomes.

Ergonomic workstation and medication carts of all styles can help increase nurse comfort, reduce walking time, and allow nurses to engage more with patients and other members of the healthcare team.

The cumulative takeaway? When you improve the environment, you improve the outcomes.

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Ergotron Telehealth Carts empower patients

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The telemedicine trend is exploding, with virtual consult services being the most well-known and popular among patients. The American Telemedicine Association estimates that half of all health care services will be delivered via telehealth within five years. The World Health Organization predicts the practice has the “potential to transform the face of health service delivery across the globe.” In fact, the global market for telemedicine is expected to top $34 billion by 2020.

So, what is telemedicine (or telehealth)? There are a number of definitions but they all point to the same general idea: Telemedicine is the use of medical information exchanged from one site to another via electronic communications to improve patients’ health status.

Surprisingly, telehealth as a phenomenon has been around since the late 1800’s, with the invention of the telegraph and telephone. During the Civil War, the military used the telegraph to order medical supplies and a few decades later, the telephone for medical consultations. The invention of the radio and television ramped up the healthcare applications until digital technology expanded them even further.

Patients have embraced telemedicine enthusiastically and here’s why:

1-They can access care easily from a tablet, smartphone or computer, meeting through a safe, secure, and confidential video connection. Surveys show that patients are just as satisfied with a virtual face-to-face visit as a live one.

2-Patients can connect with a qualified, board-certified health care provider right away, and get a diagnosis and treatment as needed. Some tests can even be conducted during a virtual visit and prescriptions can be ordered afterwards.

3-Patients get convenient care, when and where they need it, without the hassle of driving or waiting to be seen. Virtual consults are usually available 7 days a week, for extended hours, such as 8am to midnight.

4-In addition to being fast, easy, and flexible, virtual consults are more affordable. They can be charged to a patient’s insurance company or a credit card. Rates are less than an office visit; $39 is a common fee, though insurers may negotiate even lower rates for their members.

Ergotron Telemedicine Carts and Telepresence Carts combine the power to support onboard diagnostics and video-conferencing with StyleView® point-of-care carts. (See all our Telehealth Carts.) Healthcare organizations can rely on Ergotron’s more than 30 years of expertise and service to build a solution that matches their needs and budget.

 

Preventive maintenance is key

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That old adage is true – an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

We rely on our personal cars and trucks, so we give them periodic care and attention: changing the oil every three months, checking the tires to make sure they’re properly inflated, getting a tune-up… there’s a checklist to keep any set of wheels in prime working condition.

Periodic care for the machines that help us do our jobs is just as important. Everyone with a mission-critical role in a healthcare, corporate, or education environment relies on technology and the furniture, arms and mounts that support it to be up and running.

No one likes hassling with deployment, unexpected repairs, or routine maintenance. Now you don’t have to – we’ll take care of it!

Ergotron Services installs over 4,000 products a year and has over 5,000 devices under contract. We cover the full product lifecycle in the USA. Our service packages are designed to make life easier for you and your stakeholders. We know healthcare and other high-demand areas. Our equipment is used and abused day in and day out, and in many cases, 365 days a year, three shifts on every one of those days.

Preventive maintenance is key. Ergotron’s Josh Wilson shows how to avoid frustration, downtime and unnecessary expense.

We’re Bringing The Hospital To You At HIMSS 2015

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HIMSS 2015 is off to an exciting start! This year Ergotron and Anthro are joining forces to give you a hospital-eye view on point-of-care carts and imaging furniture for the entire facility. Step in an experience the difference comfortable computing can make in the digital workflow, supporting care giving and patient engagement everywhere you are.

We’re highlighting everything from our sixth generation StyleView® medical carts, to the latest Telemedicine and telepresence solutions, and everything in between.

Looking for things to do? See Anthro’s What to Expect at HIMSS in Chicago, for First time Attendees blog, learn more about our booth promotions, or follow along socially at @ergotron, @ergohit or @anthrocorp.

Telemedicine: A practical solution to a global healthcare delivery problem

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When you think of telemedicine, what comes to mind? You’ve probably seen references to it if you have visited anyone on a hospital floor recently. Did you wonder:

  • Is it doctors talking to you from a distant location over “face time” on your iPhone? 
  • How about your home devices like electronic scales, temperature sensors and blood pressure monitoring devices phoning into your doctor your recent measurements?
  • Or maybe it’s all about a surgeon using some type of machine to perform surgery on you from hundreds, even thousands of miles away?
  • Maybe it’s a robot on wheels with some likeness of a talking head telling you to eat your peas and carrots, drink more water and always follow your doctor’s instructions for health happiness?

The fact is these are just a few examples of all the possible options for telemedicine application. So what is telemedicine?  It is not nearly as complicated as it may seem. There are a number of definitions but they all point to the same general idea: Telemedicine is the use of medical information exchanged from one site to another via electronic communications to improve patients’ health status.  Simple.

Telemedicine is not a separate medical specialty. In fact, products and services related to telemedicine are often part of a larger investment by health care institutions in either information technology or the delivery of clinical care.

In the near to mid-term, telemedicine technology offers one of the few ways of enabling healthcare personnel to meet the increased demand without unacceptable delays or other forms of de facto rationing. It is said to rest on three pillars:

  • Improved access between the patient and their care provider
  • Enhanced quality in the outcome of the patient’s care
  • Cost savings for the patient as well as for the care provider

As with any change on the healthcare spectrum, there will be some adjustment period by both the patient and their doctor as they negotiate long-distance versus in-the-room care. There is even some thought among experts that the emerging mobile and social media technologies will influence certain aspects of telemedicine, making it more attractive and cost-effective for patients and healthcare facilities alike, while opening up access to care in different locations. There will always be some care needs that can only be accomplished in person, in a location such as a doctor’s office, or medical center. In these cases telemedicine can be an adjunct in the process.

The good news for all is that case studies are showing positive patient outcomes from having experienced a telemedicine care encounter, with the benefits far outweighing the shortcomings for many clinical procedures including telestroke, telepsychology, and teledermatology to name a few. Researchers at UC Davis Children’s Hospital found telemedicine consults “significantly improved outcomes for patients treated in rural pediatric emergency departments that lack pediatric specialists” according to a report in Information Week

From Ergotron’s perspective, helping hospitals and patients interact in ways that support health, versus harm is key. Telemedicine, delivered and viewed on platforms that are adjustable to user requirements will ensure the most comfortable experience possible, no matter the application.

In a world of global healthcare delivery problems, telemedicine is emerging as a practical solution to some of the woes.

Impressions of a StyleView: Your Work. Your Way.

Sometimes it’s better to hear it straight from the experts themselves, in this case, the caregivers. How do they use the point-of-care technology? What do they like about it? What is meaningful for them in their workflow?

Real nurses. Really interesting perspectives.

 

Meet us on the red carpet at HIMSS ’13

HIMSS 2013 kicks off today in the Big Easy, New Orleans! Healthcare professionals are descending on the conference to check out hot trends in healthcare, see the new products, and maybe hear more about Bill Clinton and his Foundation’s mission to improve global health, strengthen economies, promote healthier childhoods, and protect the environment.  

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Events manager Nate Johnston gets his style on testing out the red carpet pre-HIMSS

We’ve got the red carpet laid out to show off the star of our healthcare point-of-care portfolio, Ergotron’s next generation StyleView Medical Carts. They are hanging out in the cart corral in booth #3011 so stop over to take one for a spin.

@Heatherrou is our social bee, keeping you engaged in all the sight and sounds from the event. If you catch her avatar don’t be alarmed, she doesn’t have any monitor arms attached to her anywhere! She will be found manning the question of the day or tweeting with the cool professionals in the social media lounge. Look her up!

@betseybanker is ready to greet any of you media-types. She has some goodies ready for you if you stop by.

@djkiger and @ergosteve and the whole crew at HIMSS are ready to roll up their sleeves, and after a Beignet from Cafe Du Monde, get down to showing you why Ergotron has been a leader in healthcare for over 20 years.

We know you have a lot to grasp, from Obamacare to meaningful use, lots of new ideas to process through the brainbox. What we hope you remember is that whatever new process or compliance issue you are facing, Ergotron is well equipped to help you bring that information to the point of care.  

And while you are accessing that critical data, in the patient room, hall, nurse’s station, lab, or back office, why not consider standing while you do it? The act of standing more has a host of benefits including reducing the associated risks of sedentary workstyles. Over 80% of our point-of-care solutions offer you the option to sit or stand as your body demands throughout your shift. Here’s the concept in a nutshell—you care the patients and let us care for you.

See you on the show floor? We hope so. We’ll have the popcorn out for you. Just meet us on the red carpet for a new experience in healthcare history…