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PatientTouch Clinical Communications Implemented at CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances

PatientTouch® streamlines care team collaboration to improve quality, lower costs, and enhance patient care 

SAN DIEGO – August 29, 2016 – PatientSafe Solutions, a leader in clinical mobility solutions for healthcare enterprises, today announced that CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital – Tyler, an acute care facility in Tyler, Texas, selected PatientTouch to deliver on their mobility vision for the 402-bed health system. Deployment of PatientTouch is a multiphase project starting with a communications module that integrates secure text, voice calls and alerts in a single application. The platform has been in active use since early May. PatientTouch embeds real-time patient, care team and EMR data in communication and clinical workflow threads for relevant context to speed communication and improve outcomes. Specimen Collection will be added later this year, allowing care teams to collaborate across departments and specialties in a fully-integrated app.

“As a full-service hospital and health system, we are extremely focused on patient-centered care,” says Robert Rose, RN, MS, NEA-BC, System Chief Nursing Officer, CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System. “We understand the importance of providing our clinicians with the right technology so they can better focus on patient care. When PatientSafe presented an opportunity for our team to integrate our current communication system securely within the PatientTouch application, we knew this would improve our patients’ experience.”

PatientTouch will be implemented across much of CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System’s range of services including: neonatal ICU, maternal and childcare, neurological, cardiac, orthopedic services, routine and specialized medical-surgical care. The platform-agnostic PatientTouch software works on both iOS and Android, and deployed on iPhones used by clinicians across all departments and specialties on shared and personal devices. PatientTouch enables health systems to effectively implement a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy, allowing providers to make informed care decisions both within the hospital and from other settings, without causing any delays in care.

To provide a streamlined communication and collaboration experience, PatientTouch integrates into the hospital’s existing technology including ADT, EPIC, and Active Directory to deliver real-time, patient, care team and clinical information embedded in communication threads and workflows. This one-touch access to contextually relevant data allows for more informed and efficient coordination of care via secure messaging and voice communications.

“As our IT department looked to replace current telephone- and pager-based communications systems, we realized we had the opportunity to advance our larger clinical mobility strategy with a platform that was future proof. Together, our IT and clinical teams selected a system that enables secure communications, collaboration and clinical workflows all in one application,” said Mike Eckhard, CNIO, CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System. “PatientSafe has the forward-looking vision that our care team was searching for and the proven integration experience our IT team demands. We quickly realized that they were the partner to take us into the future and help us improve our patients’ experience.”

Designed for clinicians from the start, the PatientTouch platform seamlessly integrates into clinician workflow and delivers a clear and familiar user experience, increasing adoption and care team satisfaction. The platform has been deployed in more than 80 hospitals. Leveraging a long legacy of integrating with EMRs, telephony, wireless, directory, nurse call, alert systems, and other technologies, PatientTouch provides true closed-loop communication across multi-disciplinary care roles within and outside hospital walls.

“Our partnership with CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System is another validation of the PatientTouch platform strategy. We increasingly see IT and clinicians working together to improve clinical communication and collaboration with solutions that seamless with current clinical workflows and leverage current technology investments,” said Si Luo, president and CEO of PatientSafe Solutions. “We look forward to continuing our work with CHRISTUS, not only enabling clinically-contextual communications across the system, but optimizing workflows like specimen collection later this year.”

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About CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System

CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System includes CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospitals – Tyler, Jacksonville, Winnsboro and Sulphur Springs, the CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital, CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Rehabilitation Hospital affiliated with HealthSouth, Tyler ContinueCARE Hospital at CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital, a long-term acute care facility, and CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic. CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic is the area’s preferred multi-specialty medical group, with more than 360 Physicians and Advanced Practice Providers representing 36 specialties in 33 locations serving Northeast Texas across 41 counties. For more information on services available through CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System, visit christustmf.org

About PatientSafe Solutions

PatientSafe Solutions (San Diego, California) is leading the way in clinical mobility solutions for healthcare. PatientSafe delivers measurable safety and quality improvements through a mobile platform that extends an organization’s EHR, clinical, and communication infrastructure and fits seamlessly into care team workflows. The company’s PatientTouch® platform simplifies care team collaboration by consolidating text, talk, alerts, EMR data, clinical workflows and customizable care interventions, all in one mobile app, on one device, to eliminate harm, reduce waste, and improve productivity. For more than a decade, PatientTouch has helped clinicians both in and outside the hospital streamline care delivery, increase quality and lower costs. For more information, please visit the company’s website at patientsafesolutions.com.



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