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PinnacleHealth and CentraState Healthcare System work with Siemens to investigate goal-oriented plans of care

Siemens Healthcare USA : 27 February, 2008  (New Product)
PinnacleHealth, a 750-bed, non-profit hospital and healthcare system serving Central Pennsylvania, and CentraState Healthcare System, a 272-bed, non-profit medical facility located in Freehold, New Jersey, USA, have both agreed to serve as beta sites for Siemens Soarian Plan of Care programme.
The Soarian Plan of Care solution is designed to support inter-disciplinary care teams in defining and helping to manage patient problems, interventions and expected outcomes, to provide care in order to achieve desired outcomes and to generate new knowledge at the point of care.

Soarian Plan of Care provides nurses and other clinicians with a dynamic solution that can assist in enhancing workflow, streamlining communication among the care team, supporting evidence-based patient care decisions and delivery, and increasing compliance.

In addition, Soarian Plan of Care will provide clinicians with the ability to use standardised terminology, such as the International Classification for Nursing Practice (ICNP) and The Clinical Care Classification (CCC) System. The ICNP, an established global standard, also forms the base terminology for structured data needed to consistently drive application processing and evaluate care delivery.

'Soarian Plan of Care will not only assist our customers in streamlining communication among the care team and creating a roadmap of patient treatment, but will also help to support more-informed decision making as to the components of each individualised plan of care,' explained Rosemary Kennedy, RN, MBA, chief nursing informatics officer, Health Services, Siemens Medical Solutions.

Workflow will be enhanced through Soarian Plan of Care in many ways. Firstly, clinicians will be able to quickly and easily access details on patient problems, activities and goals, helping to improve communication among care team members and to reduce time spent locating crucial patient information. As a result, clinicians who are beginning their shifts will be able to quickly and efficiently access each of their patients' updated information and determine what next steps need to be taken in each plan of care.

Secondly, upon the completion of patient assessments and evaluations, the solution will help care givers in identifying the next steps in the planned patient care and allows for adjustments to be made, based on the most recent assessments. Clinicians will also be able to make quicker and more effective decisions as to the components of each plan of care as a result of the evidence-based functionality within Soarian Plan of Care.

Thirdly, Soarian's workflow-engineered infrastructure allows for alerts and triggers to take place anytime a patient assessment or plan of care has not been completed within a dictated period of time, reminding care givers of the necessary action that needs to take place to ensure that each plan of care remains on schedule.

The specific function can also assist in increased compliance of many Patient safety and quality initiatives, such as those developed by The Joint Commission and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI).
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