SmartWard’s first deployment is for nurses, who represent over 60% of the operating budget of hospitals. Doctors, specialists, allied healthcare and others visit the hospital to deliver essential care, but nurses are there 24/7. So, while SmartWard can cater for all healthcare practitioners, its initial trials and deployments have been focused on nurses.
Nurses using SmartWard spend more time with patients and reduce the incidence of preventable errors. SmartWard’s independently evaluated clinical trial demonstrated its capability to redirect significant amounts of nursing time from administration and documentation to patient care and interaction.
International studies show that increasing the time nurses spend with patients delivers significant improvements in patient outcomes, such as reductions in length of hospital stays and the incidence of complications such as infections, pneumonia, cardiac arrests and deaths.
Most importantly, extrapolations from international studies show SmartWard’s capacity to save between 3,000 and 4,000 Australian lives every year through nurse time reallocation alone.
SmartWard reduces the occurrence of preventable errors by: