SmartWard’s independently evaluated clinical trial demonstrated its capability to redirect large amounts of nursing time from administration and documentation to patient care and interaction.
Key findings included:
SmartWard reduces the occurrence of preventable errors by:
In most hospitals the record of nursing care for each patient remains in a paper record at the bedside. Recordings of measures and observations are entered onto multiple paper forms before being entered into computer systems that are only accessible at the nurses workstation in a shared mode. Transposition along with delayed record keeping has been identified as a major cause of errors that are carried forward.
SmartWard captures all patient data and observations easily, quickly and just once, generally at the bedside where the time of administering care and the time of recording it are accurately stored for all to see in the patient record.
SmartWard automatically creates charts of all relevant treatments and other clinical measurements, making cross-referencing quicker, easier and more accurate. The records can be accessed by nurses and authorised experts from anywhere in the hospital.
SmartWard makes audits easier and assists compliance with best practice, including with the new National Safety and Quality in Healthcare Standard (NSQHS).
SmartWard generates care plans based on the hospital’s clinical guidelines, using the real-time clinical observations and patient assessments entered by nurses.
Smart sensors enhance compliance with record-of-care standards by time, date and identity stamping all records and corrections and edits.
SmartWard delivers a range of workplace productivity improvements. The reduced stress and improved work satisfaction of nurses flows through into a reduction of the chronic churning of nurses through the workplace that can add significantly to hospital costs and disrupt care.
The accurate, real-time data generated by SmartWard also facilitates further efficiencies through:
SmartWard’s proprietary code generator enables it to adapt quickly and cost-effectively to changing clinical needs. In its two-month clinical trial, SmartWard made 57 changes in response to user feedback, without defect. This promises to avoid the major cost blow-outs, caused by constantly changing clinical requirements, that bedevil hospital IT projects.