Magazine article Drug Topics

Bedside Computer Offers Technology Comforts of Home

Magazine article Drug Topics

Bedside Computer Offers Technology Comforts of Home

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Ask almost anyone, and you'll be told a hospital stay is no fun. Or is it? The staff at St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, N.J., wants to make sure that if you have to spend some time in their hospital, not only will you have some fun, but you'll feel right at home.

The medical center will be one of the early adopters of Pyxis Corp.'s PatientStation, a portable point-ofcare bedside information system that will give patients access to on-line tools such as the Internet and e-mail, as well as entertainment and education and training resources via the Net. It will also provide them on-line access to a drug database and drug information that will, according to director of pharmacy Eric Hola, R.Ph., M.S., "help patients become better-informed health consumers."

Hola noted that PatientStation will initially be installed on the hospital's VIP floor. The system is being implemented as a "patient-directed tool," so patients can have access to the same computer applications they have at home. "We see it as another enhancement that can separate our hospital and make us more attractive to patients." The good news is that now patients won't have to bring their own laptops from home.

Unveiled at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting in Las Vegas last month, PatientStation will also provide crucial data for pharmacists, physicians, and nurses at the patient's bedside. PatientStation will offer clinicians bar-code scanning capabilities as well as access to patient medication records. …

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