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Healthcare Journal of new orleans

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JUL / AUG 2015

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found that the O Bar has already helped

many patients track and analyze their own

health.

“We’ve had so many good patient experi-

ence stories about this, patients coming back

and saying, ‘This has really made a big dif-

ference in my life. Thank you so much for

taking the time and showing me this,’” said

Dr. Milani.

“We’re helping patients figure out which

healthcare apps can help them the most,”

said Thomas. “Once again, we’re trying to

get patients more engaged with health and

wellness.”

Wireless Devices Keep Patients

Wired to Providers

In addition to apps, wireless devices have

been one of Ochsner’s key efforts for

improving patient care and reducing mor-

tality, disability, and readmission into the

hospital. Wireless devices enable patients

to transmit data to healthcare providers

from remote locations, which can help doc-

tors make real-time decisions about their

patients rather than basing information on

the one or few appointments a patient might

schedule throughout the entire year.

Telemedicine can also save time and

effort in travel time and appointments

scheduled too far in the future. In some

cases, those moments can make an enor-

mous difference.

One such device is Ochsner’s wireless

scale for patients with congestive heart fail-

ure. Significant fluid weight gain can signify

that a patient’s condition is worsening. Thus,

patients who weigh themselves regularly

and can wirelessly transmit that weight data

to their healthcare providers have a better

chance of catching the weight gain early

enough to make the adjustments needed to

prevent readmission to the hospital.

“We’ve seen about a 45 percent reduc-

tion in patients having to come back into

the hospital,” said Dr. Milani. “This is great

because they get to be home with their

families and do the things they want to do

instead of having to spend their time in a

hospital bed.”

In the past fewmonths, Ochsner has rolled

out a similar technology, a wireless cuff for

patients with high blood pressure that helps

themget their blood pressure under control

using real-time data. A team monitors the

patient’s blood pressure data generated by

the wireless cuff, and a healthcare provider

“Patients are more likely to get the right

therapy, more likely to survive their stroke,

and more likely to go home without a

disability when they go through this process.

It’s another way of really taking advantage

of technology to advance care for broad

populations who otherwise wouldn’t have

access to it.”

1926

A tentative code of ethics for

nurses is adopted by the American

Nurses Association.

1938

The “Spirit of Nursing”

monument is dedicated

in Arlington National

Cemetery.

1939

The American Nurses Association

establishes a policy in favor of nurse

licensure for all who nurse for hire.

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